CoRAL Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse

April 25, 2017

Dr. Marie-France Hivert presented her research on “Supporting Healthful Lifestyles during Pregnancy: A Health Coach Intervention Pilot Study” to  the interdisciplinary network the Center for Diabetes Translational Research’s group on Health Delivery Systems. CDTR works to connect investigators across disciplines to be more effective in their work.

April 23, 2017

Dr. Karen Switkowski presented her research at the American Society for Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions, Experiment Biology 2017 meeting in Chicago and won second place in their Emerging Leader Poster Competition. Dr. Switkowski’s research poster topic was based on research in Project Viva that she completed for her PhD thesis, Protein Intake in Early Childhood Is not Associated with Adiposity, Height, or IGF-I in Mid-Childhood among Well-Nourished Children in a U.S. Cohort. Congratulations, Karen!

April 20, 2017

Dr. Emily Oken gave 24th Granville H. Sewall Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Oken spoke on Developmental Influences of Environmental and Dietary Exposures on Cardiometabolic Health.

March 8, 2017

CoRAL Director Emily Oken, MD, MPH and Assistant Professor Jason Block, MD, MPH are the recipients of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards from Harvard Medical School in recognition of their distinguished records of mentoring.  The Excellence in Mentoring Awards were established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships and the impact they have on professional development and career advancement in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administration. Read the full story.

February 24, 2017

The Obesity Prevention Program (OPP) is now the Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL). The new name better reflects the breadth of their work and mission to lessen the burden of chronic disease by conducting epidemiologic, intervention and delivery systems research within diverse populations of children and adults. Visit the CoRAL homepage to learn more. 

September 22, 2016

American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Statement: Medical training to achieve competency in lifestyle counseling: An essential foundation for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic medical conditions

Authors: Dr. Marie-France Hivert, et. al

April 29, 2016
Dr. Emily Oken quoted in Wall Street Journal: Eating Fruit While Pregnant May Boost Your Baby's Intelligence - Infants whose mothers eat more fruit were smarter one year after birth, a preliminary study shows.

February 19, 2016
Dr. Emily Oken was interviewed by and quoted in an article entitled: The Best Ways To Lose Weight After Pregnancy.

June 2, 2015
Video series with Dr. Emily Oken on exploring the impact of fish, mercury, and other chemical exposures on pregnant women and their babies.

June 1, 2015

Food System Challenge: FeastWorthy
Avik Chatterjee, MD
Emily Chen
Bernadette Lim
Presented by:  Harvard innovation lab (Hi)

2015 Spirit Award Recipient: Project Viva
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has named our Project Viva the “Community Spirit Award – Team of the Year” for their dedication to volunteerism and community service. The Project Viva team has been recognized for their communal participation in service projects at the Epiphany School, Holland Elementary School, and Community Servings, as well as for their donations to Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Public Library. Project Viva has used volunteerism as a venue through which to further their commitment to community and each other.

Project Viva is a ground breaking longitudinal research study of women and children conducted by the Obesity Prevention Program within the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. The goal of Project Viva is to find ways to improve the health of mothers and their children by looking at the effects of mother's diet as well as other factors during pregnancy and after birth.

September 17, 2014
Dr. Jason Block, a general internist at Brigham & Women's Hospital, talks about consumer behaviors and the impact of menu labeling when it comes to buying and consuming sugary beverages like sodas.

September 15, 2014
NECN interview with Dr. Jason Block on obesity in Massachusetts.