My research and the classes I teach at Harvard focus on how and why the human body looks and functions the way it does. I am especially interested in how evolutionary and anthropological approaches to physical activities such as walking and running, as well as changes to our body’s environment, can help better prevent and treat diseases.
More recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the challenges of being physically active during this pandemic. If there is any effective way to make exercise fun and rewarding, it is to make it social. I hope you’ll join the Harvard community in safely coming together to celebrate movement and wellness.
Harvard Moves is also a way to raise much needed money for scholarships through the Harvard College Fund to help our amazing students during these challenging times.
Participating is simple—pick any day between Thursday, November 12, and Monday, November 16, to walk, run, bike, swim, dance, roll, or move in any other way you’d like for any distance. Maybe you’d like to complete a 5K in your neighborhood, hike a favorite trail, go for a bike ride, or take a walk on a treadmill. I’ll be running a half marathon along the Charles River.
Let’s move to make the world a better place!
Daniel E. Lieberman AB ’86, PhD ’93
Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology