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The latest from public health experts on how we can all lead healthier lives.

Better Off Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 69 Ratings

The latest from public health experts on how we can all lead healthier lives.

    Is working from home unhealthy?

    Is working from home unhealthy?

    Working from home has its perks: Better coffee, easy commute, no fluorescent lighting. But, as any home office worker can tell you, there are also downsides: No more office social hours, no more ergonomic chairs, and no more quiet train rides to catch up on your podcasts. In this episode of the Better Off podcast, we’ll ask: Is working from home good or bad for our health?  

    • 19 min
    How can we protect the health of incarcerated people?

    How can we protect the health of incarcerated people?

    As COVID-19 swept through American prisons and jails in 2020, wardens scrambled to keep prisoners and corrections officers from getting sick. One strategy was to increase solitary confinement. Health experts warn that solitary confinement increases the risk of mental illness and suicide, but the practice continues. Today, about 2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S. In this episode of the Better Off podcast, we'll ask: Is it possible to build a corrections system that accounts for their health and safety?  

    • 21 min
    Can we end chronic homelessness?

    Can we end chronic homelessness?

    It’s estimated that half a million Americans are experiencing homelessness. Even a brief period of housing insecurity can make existing health issues worse, and bring up new physical and mental traumas. Doctors and nurses who help patients navigate these issues have a prescription: More housing, and more services. Is it possible to end chronic homelessness, even as eviction moratoriums end and rents increase? And is a housing-first model the best way to achieve that goal?

    • 19 min
    What makes a meal healthy?

    What makes a meal healthy?

    What does a plate of healthy food look like? Everyone has an opinion – from doctors to dieticians to wellness experts. But advice on what to eat often ignores a big factor in how and why we make meals: Culture. Americans who trace their heritage back to Latin America or Africa often get messages that discourage them from seeing their home foods as healthy. In this episode, we’ll ask: Are we better off when diet and nutrition advice is informed by culture?

    • 16 min
    Is clean beauty for real?

    Is clean beauty for real?

    It seems like every brand of makeup, fragrance, and hair care wants consumers to believe that their products are safe, natural, and clean. Is this all just greenwashing? The beauty industry is remarkably unregulated – and women, particularly Black women, bear the highest health risks from chemicals in everyday products. In this episode, we’ll ask: How can we decide what beauty and skincare products are safe to use?

    • 18 min
    Is cooking with natural gas unhealthy?

    Is cooking with natural gas unhealthy?

    40 million American homes cook their meals with natural gas. But most people don’t think of the little blue flame on their gas range as the end of a very long natural gas pipeline. New research shows that gas stoves pollute our indoor air, but Americans have yet to embrace alternatives, like induction stoves. In this episode, Better Off asks: When it comes to our health, are we better off giving up on natural gas?

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

lilcutie92 ,

Amazing Podcast and Cover!!!

Such an informative podcast and such an AMAZING cover art! A job well done.

Mixednutz2 ,

Help!

We need a Podcast with the health issues we are having out here, said in layman’s terms. Can you please do that for your readers? I think that might be 1 reason these type Podcast aren’t very well attended. We thank you in advance!!

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