Read Full Story Dessert shouldn’t have to be a tradeoff between unhealthy ingredients and flavor, according to Walter Willett of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Willett, chair of the School’s Department of Nutrition and Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, is on a mission to reimagine dessert around what he calls the Three Pleasures: fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate.Willett explained his dessert vision in a July 22, 2016 National Geographic article. “Simplicity and pleasure captures the experience in a way that is light, not decadent,” he said.Each “pleasure” provides a treat for the senses as well as a health benefit. Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as natural sweetness, and they provide a burst of color to the plate. Nuts provide healthy fat and protein, and a satisfying crunch. Dark chocolate adds flavor without the sugar in milk chocolate, and provides flavonoids that may reduce blood pressure and insulin resistance.Willett said that when dining out he often challenges chefs to go off-menu and create a dessert for him around the Three Pleasures. He’s found that while some will send back a simple fruit bowl sprinkled with nuts and served with a few squares of dark chocolate, many send back inspired creations involving ingredients like fruit purées and chocolate sauce.Harvard Chan’s Nutrition Department is challenging readers to try this strategy dining out or to craft their own Three Pleasures combination. Tweet photos and descriptions to @HSPHnutrition with the tag #3ForDessert.
Read Full Story Current limits on fine particulate matter in the air set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not be sufficient to protect elderly people from the risk of premature death from air pollution, according to a large study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Looking at 13 years’ worth of data from more than 13 million elderly people living in the Southeastern U.S., the new study, published in Epidemiology, found that for each 1 µg m-3 (roughly 10 percent) increase in the annual average concentration of PM2.5 (particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter) in the air in a particular region, mortality risk rose by 2 percent. The risk showed up even in areas where PM2.5 levels were below current EPA limits.“We found that if particle concentrations could be reduced by about 10 percent, it would lower the death rates of people age 65 and older in the Southeastern U.S., saving 7,000 to 10,000 lives per year,” said Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology and senior author of the study. “That would be a very large public health impact.”While the link between long-term exposure to PM2.5 and increased mortality risk has been well documented over the past two decades, previous studies included mostly participants with high socioeconomic status, making it difficult to identify air pollution’s effects on those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. The new study looked at the entire Medicare-eligible population of seven Southeastern states. It also took a closer look at characteristics that potentially put people at greater risk from air pollution, such as diabetes. read more
A former Saint Mary’s maintenance worker charged with misdemeanor voyeurism in April pled guilty Monday, according to a WSJV report.David Summerfield, 73, also pled guilty to an additional charge of felony criminal mischief, the report stated. A felony count of theft was dismissed. Summerfield is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23.The College fired Summerfield fired from his position in April after a co-worker reported unusual behavior in a bathroom on the fourth floor of Le Mans Hall.Summerfield admitted to drilling holes in the floor and attic of the Le Mans showers and said he watched students through them, the WSJV report stated.Tags: SMC, voyeurism