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Cooking up prevention: 2014 community grantee spotlight

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 distribution. The “Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook” is being developed as an educational resource for a multi-state colorectal cancer screening intervention. Tips like using the palm of one’s hand to measure portion sizes will help provide practical action steps for living healthier lives. The cookbook will also include information on ways to stay active and incorporate whole grains into meals. Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates among any racial/ethnic group. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation community grant has allowed us to incorporate the voices of women into this cookbook. The tips belong to the women. They believe in them and therefore are much more likely to adopt them and achieve ...

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 ...

Happy Health Literacy Month

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy on October 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Education - October is Health Literacy Month and the Prevent Cancer Foundation is committed to helping individuals from all backgrounds have access to, and understand, important health and medical information. What is health literacy? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." In other words, our healthcare system is hard to navigate and medical ...

The Prevent Cancer Super Colon at the 5k Walk/Run

Posted by Oyekemi Oyebode, Coordinator, Programs Administration on October 7th, 2014 | No Comments »
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The Super Colon - As part of my new job at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I found myself introducing visitors to the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ at the 5k Walk/Run on September 21. For weeks, colleagues had tried to explain the exhibit to me, but their descriptions didn’t do it justice. This giant traveling display helps demystify colorectal cancer, emphasizing that it is preventable, treatable and beatable. The Prevent Cancer Super Colon is a great educational tool for people of ...