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Quest for 10,000 steps

Posted by Rebecca Evans on April 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - As a public health professional, I have been behind messages to improve health, especially those encouraging physical activity. Plus, have you seen this article about the health hazards of sitting? I decided to challenge myself to achieve the recommended 10,000 steps-a-day. I documented my progress over the last two weeks, in the hope that, you too, will join me in this quest for 10,000 steps. In order to track my progress, I invested in a Fitbit, a small device designed to track physical activity levels. I thought that by monitoring my activity, I could see where I have room for improvement and motivate myself to do better. I naively thought that I’d reach my 10,000 steps-a-day goal with minimal effort. Boy, was I wrong. As I write this around 5 PM on Thursday, I’ve only logged 1,243 steps. In order to make it to my daily goal of 10,000, I have 8,757 to log in the next five hours! Is it impossible? No. Does it require time and energy at the end of the day? Oh, yes. The first few days that I wore my Fitbit, I realized how little I move while at the office and how that set me way behind on my ...

Prevent Cancer awardee announces winners of sun safety contest

Posted by The Skin Cancer Foundation on April 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - Students across the country win iPads by encouraging their peers to be sun safe. With a $10,000 community grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, The Skin Cancer Foundation held a contest in schools across the country to encourage students to spread the word about sun safety. We checked in with Whitney Potter, Director of Special Projects, to learn about the results of their educational contest: This past fall, The Skin Cancer Foundation launched a national back-to-school contest ...

Healthy recipe: Creamsicle breakfast smoothie

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on April 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - Yield: 2 servings, 1 3/4 cups each Servings: 2 Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Recipe Description: Though it tastes like those iconic vanilla-and-orange popsicles, this creamsicle breakfast smoothie recipe is a balanced breakfast with carbohydrates, protein and, thanks to the addition of coconut water, essential electrolytes. Coconut water serves up more than 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium—an electrolyte you lose through sweat—in every cup, making it a great hydrator for light workouts. Plus, this ...

Congressional spouses attend briefing on military health initiatives

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on March 31st, 2014 | No Comments »
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Advocacy - On March 13, the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, a program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, teamed up with leaders from the Department of Defense (DoD) to educate over 20 congressional spouses (including a primary health care doctor and a mental health professional) on the military’s Healthy Base Initiative (HBI). HBI promotes healthier living to military and civilian personnel and their families. The program responds to research indicating that obesity has become a threat to troop ...