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Power of Suggestion May Be Simple Exercise Motivator

Posted by PCF Admin on February 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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Exercise Daily - A recent study found that simply posting signs suggesting individuals take the stairs is successful in motivating people to skip the elevator. Each sign featured the messages “Burn calories, not electricity. Take the stairs." and "Walking up the stairs just 2 minutes a day helps prevent weight gain. It also helps the environment." Researchers tested their theory in three buildings in New York: a three-story health clinic, an eight-story academic site and a 10-story affordable housing building. Immediately after the signs were posted, stair use increased 9.2% at the health clinic, 34.7% at the academic building and 33.6% at the affordable housing site. During their follow up nine months later, they found the increased stair use had been successfully maintained. One of many everyday opportunities for exercise, stair climbing can burn more calories than jogging. The health benefits include not only weight loss, but also disease prevention—all while taking only a few minutes out of your day. Read the full Chicago Tribune article.

Images of Vegetables May Increase Student Consumption

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on February 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - You are what you eat, but do you eat what you see? In a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the University of Minnesota compared the consumption of vegetables on two separate days by 800 kindergarten through fifth grade students. On the first day, the researchers observed how many vegetables the students took and how much of them were eaten. Then using trays with images of carrots and green ...

Tanning Salons Mislead Young Customers

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Save Your Skin - A recent Congressional report found that tanning salons have often been lying to customers in order to increase their business. From downplaying the risks of tanning to promoting health benefits that don’t exist, tanning salons are taking advantage of young ignorance to boost the $2.6 billion industry. Investigators found that of the 300 salons contacted, ninety percent told them indoor tanning posed no health dangers. Seventy-eight percent said that indoor tanning would actually improve health- preventing ...

Daily Feats Challenge: Stop Cancer Before It Starts!

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Wellness - While Sunday’s Superbowl festivities provided some exciting thrills and spills, the Monday morning hangover from consuming a mix of wings, pizza, beer and Tums may have left you feeling a little under the weather. Those New Year’s resolutions you just made last month probably already seem ages away. Join the Prevent Cancer Foundation and DailyFeats to renew those promises of a happy, healthy new year and take the “Stop Cancer Before it Starts!” challenge. DailyFeats is ...