What we eat
How does our relationship with food impact our overall health? Harvard experts are researching the ways that food helps and hinders our wellness.
Science and research can help us make better choices when it comes to the foods we eat. Research suggests that some foods, like avocados and olive oil, provide benefits to our minds and bodies.
Scientists study everything from the relationship between late-night eating and weight gain and whether drinking coffee is good for you to how diets differ based on race and gender and how your diet and oral health are related.
Explore the evolution of the human metabolism and what makes a meal healthy.
How we move
Why is exercise important and how can we make sure we are active enough? Harvard experts are working to better understand how we can benefit from an active lifestyle.
Humans have deep-rooted instincts to avoid unnecessary physical activity, because until recently it was beneficial to avoid it.”
Professor of biological science
Balancing diet and exercise
The best balance is both a good diet and an active lifestyle, Professor I-Min Lee says.
Top 5 exercises
No matter your age or fitness level, these activities are some of the best you can do to help get in shape.
What we feel
How are our mental health and physical health linked? Harvard experts study the ways we can best take care of ourselves holistically.
We're all human
Intellectual growth and academic achievement should not come at the expense of our health. Harvard recently launched a new collection of mental health and wellbeing resources for students, faculty, and staff.
- Harvard Medical School
Is a mobile app as good as a therapist?
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Daytime eating and mental health
- Harvard Law School
Student group focuses on wellbeing
- Harvard Chan School
Spirituality may lead to better health outcomes
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
Making time for mindfulness in the classroom
How we find joy
What things in our world make us happier and healthier? Harvard experts are exploring how quality of life impacts both our mental and physical health.
An 80-year study investigates how to live a healthy and happy life
Learn about opportunities in your neighborhood and which greenspaces are easily accessible to you.”
Professor of nutrition and epidemiology
Music and mood
New analysis finds that music boosts our mood and wellbeing, and may even help during treatments for certain health conditions.
What makes a place “healthy” is complex, layered, and sometimes even contradictory, but our wellbeing depends on the places around us.
How we rest
How are sleep and wellness entwined? Researchers at Harvard study the different aspects of how sleep relates to our health.
Our brain while we sleep
Scientists believe that sleep plays a role in how we learn and form long-term memories.
A study of older adults found that excessive daytime napping may signal an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers have found evidence that school start times impact non-cognitive factors like academic performance, attendance, and dropout rates.
What we moderate
What habits should we avoid to ensure that we are prioritizing healthy living? Many of the dangers to our health and wellbeing are being investigated by experts at Harvard.
Risky behaviors can negatively impact our health, cause health complications, and even decrease our lifespan.
Scientists at Harvard and beyond are investigating the dangers of vaping, evaluating the effectiveness of medical marijuana, and researching the paths to addiction.
Recent research has revealed that consuming less sodium and more potassium can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers have also linked sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption to the rise of cancer in those under 50.
How we live longer
What habits can we adopt to lengthen our lives? Harvard experts are studying the choices we can make that may help increase our longevity.
Longevity starts when we're young
Is 80 the new 60?
Reflecting on relationships
Optimism lengthens life
Being good for goodness’ sake—and your own
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