Introducing Well+Being from The Washington Post

The Washington Post today expands its service journalism with the launch of Well+Being, a new personal health section. Rooted in actionable, science-based journalism, Well+Being aims to lead a daily conversation on essential health topics that readers are thinking about every day, including food, fitness, emotional wellbeing, disability and internet health culture.

“The pandemic caused a lot of people to recalibrate their lives, goals and values and, for many, they have started to prioritize their overall wellbeing,” said Tara Parker-Pope, editor of Well+Being. “Now, more than ever, people are seeking expert advice and science-based answers for the questions they have about how to live well every day. Well+Being will take a holistic approach to health and celebrate all levels of ambition and ability, no matter where you are in your health journey.”

Well+Being will feature five pillars of coverage: food, fitness, mind, body and life. Each of these pillars will be anchored by weekly columns from expert personalities:

  • Eating Lab: Anahad O’Connor writes about the science of food and the various biological and cultural forces that influence how we eat.
  • Your Move: Gretchen Reynolds explains the latest research on exercise and the benefits of moving just a little more each day.
  • Brain Matters: Richard Sima is a neuroscientist turned science journalist committed to revealing the wonder and mystery of the brain — and why it matters.
  • Ask a Doctor: Physicians answer reader questions on a variety of topics, such as “Is taking vitamin D really necessary?”
  • On Your Mind: A weekly dispatch from the front lines of the mental health crisis, written by mental health experts.

Well+Being’s reporters will be dedicated to the topics readers care most about. Amanda Morris is a science reporter and hard of hearing woman whose reporting on people with disabilities and chronic illnesses challenges long-held stigmas and sheds light on health disparities. Kelyn Soong is an avid runner who writes about exercise culture and the lessons everyday athletes can learn from sports stars and fitness experts. Lindsey Bever writes with empathy and expertise on a variety of personal health topics, including chronic illness, mental health and navigating the medical system. Teddy Amenabar will explore the science and the myths behind the health information people are seeing, searching and talking about online.

Parker-Pope will anchor “Well+Being,” a weekly newsletter sharing news and advice to help readers make healthy choices. Parker-Pope will be joined by Deputy Wellness Editor Anjuman Ali, assistant editor Emily Codik, art director Chelsea Conrad and audience growth specialist Aviva Loeb. The Well+Being desk is a team of 15 editors, visual journalists and reporters.

Well+Being can be found here.


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