CoRAL Division of Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse


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.