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Popular Books by Division of Nutrition Staff

W. Allan Walker, M.D.

The Director of the Division of Nutrition, W. Allan Walker, MD, has just published (in 2006) a new book on nutrition for the expectant mother, Healthy Eating During Pregnancy.

No strict diets, no scary guidelines--just the essential nutrition expectant moms need to start their babies on the road to lifelong health All parents know that kids need nutritious foods as they grow. But new research confirms that what you eat during pregnancy can also profoundly affect the health of your baby when that baby becomes an adult--for better or for worse.

Endorsed by the Harvard Medical School and written by one of the world's leading experts in nutrition for pregnant women and babies, this guide offers more solid information and medically sound advice on prenatal nutrition than any other book on the market.

Available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble


George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D.

Break Through Your Set Point offers science-based explanations—and solutions—to the two biggest problems dieters face: hitting a weight-loss plateau and regaining lost weight.

The book describes how readers can "break through" their weight loss plateaus by working with, not against, the body's natural tendency to stay at a fixed weight. The key is slow, gradual weight loss, followed by a six-month period of holding steady at your new weight.

The concept of a body weight set point, or typical body weight, is central to the book's message. Evolution programmed our set points, but today's modern environment has conspired to raise our set points to unhealthily high levels. These set points are visually represented by illustrations of body silhouettes, one of the book's unique features. These drawings allow readers to envision their past, present, and future body profiles.

Drawing on his own 30-year research career, as well as that of many other experts in the field, Dr. Blackburn offers a comprehensive lifestyle plan that extends beyond recommendations about eating and exercising, and teaches readers how to get the most out of their lives. .

Break Through Your Set Point is available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Walter C. Willett, M.D.

The Harvard medical School sponsors publication of nutrition related books of interest to the general public. Of those already in bookstores, notable is the national best seller, Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, by the Division of Nutrition's Professor Walter C. Willett, MD.

In Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, Dr. Walter Willett explains why the USDA guidelines -- the famous food pyramid -- are not only wrong but also dangerous. Debunking current dietary myths such as the evils of eggs and how high milk consumption does a body good, Dr. Willett sets an all-new nutritional standard. You'll discover:

• Eye-opening new research on the healthiest carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
• Why weight control is the single most important factor
• Menu plans and recipes that make it easy to reinvent your daily diet

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy is available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble

W. Allan Walker, M.D.

With so much conflicting advice coming from the media, your friends, and parenting guides, it's hard to know whether you're making the right food choices for your kids. Written by W. Allan Walker, MD, a leading authority on pediatric nutrition and Director of the Division of Nutrition, Eat, Play, and Be Healthy provides answers to all your childhood nutrition questions--and much more.

Eat, Play, and Be Healthy shows you how to feed your children to ensure that their young bodies and minds enjoy full and healthy growth at every stage of development. Picking up where Dr. Walter C. Willett's international bestseller Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy left off, Dr, Walker shows how to apply the research-based Healthy Eating Pyramid to a child's unique needs. Drawing on his forty years of clinical research, as well as the latest scientific findings, he:

• Offers a scientifically proven alternative to the FDA food pyramid
• Helps you shape your kids' eating habits from the start
• Provides fun, delicious recipes for healthy foods kids will want to eat

Available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Mollie Katzen and Walter C. Willett, M.D.

Here's the dream team for healthy eating: Mollie Katzen is the author of the landmark Moosewood Cookbook and one of Health magazine's five "Women Who Changed the Way We Eat;" Dr. Walter Willett is the head of the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition. Together they've created a weight-loss plan that's not only easy to implement—with gradual shifts rather than quick fixes—but filled with delicious, enjoyable foods and more than one hundred of Mollie's fabulous recipes.

Mollie Katzen is one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time. Walter Willet, M.D., is the author of Eat, Drink, & Be Healthy, as well as a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Available at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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