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Prevent Cancer awardee announces winners of sun safety contest

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 called “I Am Sun Smart” as part of Prevent Cancer's Sun Smart U youth education program. The goal of the competition was to raise skin cancer awareness amongst middle and high school students. Teachers were inspired to educate their students about the importance of sun safety by teaching the program’s “Rays Awareness” lesson. They then asked their students to create either a digital poster or a video that communicates sun protective behaviors to their peers in creative and clever ways. “Our hope is to influence youth behavior at a very crucial time in their development when it comes to making sun-protection decisions,” said The Skin Cancer Foundation member Jessica Krant, MD, who medically reviewed the Sun Smart U education program. “Only 25 percent of 14-year-olds in ...

Healthy recipe: Creamsicle breakfast smoothie

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on April 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie

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 ...

5 tips for eating well in your 20s

Posted by Allison Godfrey, Wicked Healthy Washingtonian on March 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - Eating healthy can be a challenge at any age, but it can be especially hard for us twenty somethings. Many of us are out living on our own for the first time, experiencing our first full-time jobs and trying to get a handle on how to take care of ourselves. We’re trying to figure out how to be real, legitimate “grown-ups” and a part of that is managing our health and wellness. With so much else going on, however, ...