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Make your Halloween a healthy one

Posted by Rebecca Evans on October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - (PHOTO LICENSE) The word “Halloween” might conjure up images of endless Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel apples galore and little kids dressed up as ninja turtles, zombies or Elsa from Frozen. Healthy eating, however, probably doesn’t come to mind. Daily healthy eating can reduce your risk for cancer, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans every year. To reduce your risk, approach every day (including holidays) through the lens of prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help maintain your weight and your overall health – limitless candy just won’t cut it. Sugar brings temporary joy, but the inevitable crash and health risks aren’t worth it. We can make Halloween a healthy holiday with a little creativity. After all, isn’t a day devoted to coming up with the coolest costume ever all about creativity? Trust me, I’m on your side – Halloween is my favorite holiday! Here are a few ways that you and your family can stay healthy this Halloween—I promise that you’ll still have fun. Maximize your movement. Are you taking your kids trick or treating? Instead of sticking to a few close streets, walk or drive with your kids to the other side of a scenic neighborhood ...

Research progress report: Folic acid and breast cancer risk

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Manager, Research Administration and Conference Planning on October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - We’re donning our brightest shades of pink this month to raise awareness of breast cancer. This year, an estimated 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,430 people will die of the disease. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Foundation research awardee Ligi Paul, PhD, of Tufts University to give us an update on her study of folic acid and breast cancer risk. Dr. Paul’s project is one of ...

Cooking up prevention: 2014 community grantee spotlight

Posted by Erica Childs Warner, Director, Evaluation & Outreach on October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Through the support of a Prevent Cancer Foundation community grant, 7,200 African Americans in urban and rural areas in 11 states will receive cookbooks with healthy lifestyle tips on diet, exercise and cancer screening. With a $10,000 grant from the Foundation, staff at the Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, have been collecting tips from African American women in Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. When the cookbook is finished, 18 community coalitions will help with ...

Cooking with pumpkin

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on October 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - (PHOTO LICENSE) There is no mistaking that autumn chill in the air—fall is here, and it’s time to embrace the seasonal ingredients and flavors that come with it. Eating a well-balanced and varied diet can significantly reduce your cancer risk. In fact, studies show that one-third of all cancer deaths are linked to diet and physical activity. Pumpkin, the quintessential fall cooking ingredient, is flavorful and low in calories. It’s also high in fiber, keeping you full ...