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Junk Food Ads Cause Children to Nag Incessantly

Posted by PCF Admin on August 18th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - In light of the growing problem of childhood obesity, a recent study at Johns Hopkins examined the effect that junk food television advertisements have on children. The study focused on what researchers call “The Nag Factor,” which theorizes that, after being inundated with ads for unhealthy food and beverages, children are persistent in nagging their parents to purchase junk food. While parents have a number of different ways to combat the problem, the study suggests that the only real way to limit the nagging is to reduce the number of junk food ads children are exposed to on commercial television. Follow the link below to read the full summary from the Huffington Post. 'The Nag Factor': How Children Convince Their Moms to Buy Junk Food

Smokers Looking to Quit Can Benefit from Weight Training

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 17th, 2011 | No Comments »
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No Smoking - A recent study found that smokers who participated in a three-month resistance training program had a higher success rate of quitting than those who merely watched informational health videos over the same time period. Following the experiment, 16% of smokers who participated in the twice-a-week weight-lifting regimen reported quitting, compared to only 8% of the control group, and a follow-up investigation three months later found that the percentages were largely the same. With only a ...

After August Recess on the Hill

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Advocacy - If you thought that the contentious debt ceiling vote in the first week of August would be the last of the budget battle in Congress, you would be mistaken. Members of Congress left Washington after the vote for August recess, but when Congress returns in September they will begin yet another battle, this time over FY2012 appropriations. The federal government’s fiscal year ends Sept. 30, after which new appropriations bills or a continuing resolution will ...

Researcher Q&A with Pak Kin Wong, PhD

Posted by Sarah Abou, Programs Associate on August 16th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - This month the Foundation is proud to highlight the work of Pak Kin Wong, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Wong received a two-year grant from the Foundation in the spring of 2008. His research focused on identifying compounds that could inhibit and prevent cancer tumor formation. We asked Dr. Wong about his work and the importance of funding cancer prevention and early detection research. 1.  What led you to the field of ...