Lilian Cheung: “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life”

Eating is as much about mind as matter. That’s one of the main points of “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,’’ by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung. Hanh is a Buddhist monk who lives in France. Cheung, 57, is a lecturer and director of health promotion and communication at the Harvard School of Public Health. Among her duties is serving as editorial director of the school’s Nutrition Source website ( She has taught at Harvard since 1985, and lives in Wellesley.

Dr. Cheung’s research and work focus on the translation of scientific knowledge of nutrition and physical activity to promote healthy eating and active living for chronic disease prevention.

She is a Co-Investigator at the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity. She was the Principal Investigator of the Qualitative Study on CDC’s School Health Index, which assessed its receptivity and impact with schools, funded by the CDC and American Schools of Public Health. She was the co-Principal Investigator of Eat Well & Keep Moving, a study funded by the Walton Family Foundation to evaluate the impact of an interdisciplinary school-based program to promote nutrition and physical activity in upper elementary students. She was the co-Principal Investigator of Treatwell 5 A Day, a study funded by the National Cancer Institute to promote fruits and vegetable consumption in worksites. She was also Director of Nutrition and Fitness at the Center for Health Communication.

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