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Consider Bicycling to Cut Costs and Save Lives

Posted by PCF Admin on November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published a study about the many economic and health benefits of more people replacing short car trips with alternate transportation. Several billion dollars and over 1,000 lives each year would be saved due to cleaner air, lower health care costs and increased physical health. The study focused on the impact of replacing half of all short car trips (5 miles or less) with bicycle use. The major health benefit included a decrease in tiny particles that enter the throat and can cause asthma. Even if you don’t completely change your commute or daily routines, consider switching even one short trip a week to a bicycle in order to improve both air quality and your own health. Read the full article here. Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits

Moderate Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

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Research - A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a correlation between the consumption of alcohol and increased risk of breast cancer. The data showed that even low-levels of drinking (3-6 glasses of wine per week) led to a 15% increase in breast cancer risk and that women who consumed higher levels of alcohol (at least 2 drinks per day) were found to have a 51% increase in breast cancer ...

Moderate Exercise Offsets Extra Holiday Pounds

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Weight gain is a recurring concern for many people during the holiday season. However, a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have a gift of good news for you this year! Staff scientist Paul T. Williams found that runners and walkers, even those with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) and unhealthy diets, gain significantly less weight over time than those who have similar diets and do not exercise. Worried about your weight this holiday ...

Smokers, Obese Face Increased Health Care Costs

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Exercise Daily - It may not come as a surprise that people who smoke or are obese use more health care services than their co-workers, but you may be surprised to know that companies have started passing on those costs directly to employees. In 2012 there is expected to be a large increase in the number of companies that charge a higher premium for individuals who smoke or do not maintain a healthy weight. On the bright side, the ...