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Harvard Thinks Healthy

Friday, March 28 at 4:00 PM in Sever 113

Harvard Thinks Healthy was covered by The Gazette. Pictures below.

Putting the Spotlight on Health

Harvard College Health Advocacy Program is happy to launch Harvard Thinks Healthy, an annual awareness series inspired by Harvard Thinks Big and Harvard Thinks Green.  Like the events that motivated its inception, Harvard Thinks Healthy will raise awareness about chronic health concerns affecting the nation and the world, and will take alternative approaches to solving them.  This year, Harvard Thinks Healthy is focusing on intuitive eating.

Intuitive Eating.  What is it?

What if you could eat anything you wanted? You can. It’s popular knowledge that diets don’t really work.  Ninety-five percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years – yet people spend extraordinary amounts of money, time, and energy dieting. Harvard Thinks Healthy presents a panel on “intuitive eating” – often called the “non-dieting approach” to living a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.  Intuitive Eating calls on consumers to forget calorie counting and instead eat the way our ancestors ate – when they were hungry.  This approach rids itself of all things paleo, gluten-free, vegan, and carb-free and aims to change the national obsession from skinny to healthy.

Around 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder, a potentially rising number in light of the media’s selective display of body types.  Forty seven percent of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures, but this is not just a women’s issue.  Ten to fifteen percent of people with eating disorders are men.

Intuitive eating combats eating disorders in both sexes by changing an individual’s “goal” from losing weight to feeling great, satisfied, and full – a mentality everyone can benefit from.  Have your cake and eat it too.

The Panelists

Learn more about how intuitive eating can become a part of your lifestyle to help eliminate unnecessary stress related to food and body image from the panelists of this year’s Harvard Thinks Healthy.

Michelle Gallant

michelle gallant_updated imageMichelle P. Gallant is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist with Harvard University Health Services.  She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Pro whose work as the “No-Diet Dietitian” was highlighted in the Harvard Gazette.  She has led workshops and seminars to help people improve their relationship with food for 35 years. Prior to joining Harvard in 2008, she was the nutritionist and health educator for Syracuse University Health Services.  She operated a private nutrition counseling practice in Syracuse, specializing in the non-dieting approach, eating disorders and diabetes.  As a media representative for the New York State Dietetic Association, she appeared frequently on television and radio to promote healthy eating.  Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition from Framingham State College and her master’s in human nutrition from Syracuse University.

Ellen Frankel

Ellen Frankel, LCSW worked in the field of eating disorder treatment and prevention for over fifteen years. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been interviewed on topics related to eating issues, body image and spirituality by national newspapers, traditional and online magazines, as well as national radio programs across the country, and has appeared on local and national television including NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, CNN’s Paula Zahn Show, Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto and The Dr. Phil Show. She has published numerous books including Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating and Emotional Overeating: Second Edition (Routedge 2014) and The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care (Sourcebooks 2006) with co-author Judith Matz.  Ellen is also the author of the novel Syd Arthur (Pearlsong Press 2011) and Beyond Measure: A Memoir About Short Stature and Inner Growth (Pearlsong Press 2006). With Rabbi Baruch HaLevi she has co-authored Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community (Jewish Lights 2012) and Carry the Fire: Transforming Death’s Darkness into Life’s Light (forthcoming). You can visit Ellen at: www.authorellenfrankel.com


Heidi Feinstein 

Heidi Feinstein, Founder and CEO of Boston’s “Life Alive,” is a large advocate of healthy eating and living. After receiving a MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, a Canadian Naturopathic and Massage Diploma from the Institute for Natural Health, and a BA in Eastern Philosophy and Religion from George Washington University, Feinstein dedicated her life to helping other people stay healthy and happy through whole-grain, organic, fresh, and sustainable – and delicious food right in their own community. We are delighted to welcome Feinstein to Harvard Think’s Healthy Panel on intuitive eating to discuss her philosophy of eating whole, satisfying, fresh foods.

Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach (ECHO)

Harvard’s own ECHO (Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach) serves to address any worry or anxiety surrounding eating, body-image, and self-esteem that students are experiencing. Fellow undergraduates are trained as peer counselors so that they may offer support to those with eating concerns in a confidential and safe environment. ECHO promotes a positive and healthy relationship with food, encouraging students to give their bodies the nourishment they need to feel good.


Pictures from the event:


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    February 11, 2014


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