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Congressional spouses attend briefing on military health initiatives

Posted by Rebecca Evans 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 readiness and therefore national security because it limits our ability to recruit and retain fit soldiers, according to Chuck Milam, Principal Director of Military Community and Family Policy. Milam explained that HBI’s pilot program, which is currently found on 14 bases in the U.S. and one international base, focuses on prevention – especially in the areas of obesity and tobacco use. Obesity is a nationwide concern and a serious trend in the military. Tobacco is another problem that plagues the military: 40% of enlisted personnel smoke and 40% of those smokers began smoking when on active duty. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer, which kills more people in the U.S. each year than any other cancer. It is critical that people not start ...

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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, ...

Best-ever Dialogue for Action!

Posted by Karen Peterson, Vice President, Programs on March 25th, 2014 | No Comments »

Events - Last week, the Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 2014 Dialogue for Action™: Right-Sizing Cancer Screening on March 20 – 21 (pre-conference day: March 19), gathering a diverse group of cancer screening stakeholders from 33 states and the District of Columbia, 9 American Indian/Alaska tribes and organizations, Japan and Israel. Starting with Alan Thorson, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgery, Inc., from Omaha, NE, who encouraged participants to take practical actions to prevent colorectal cancer in their ...

Healthy recipe: Cherry, wild rice & quinoa salad

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications Assistant on March 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Cherry, Wild Rice & Quinoa Salad

Healthy Eating - Yield: 8 servings, about 3/4 cup each Servings: 8 Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Recipe Description: This whole grain wild rice and quinoa salad recipe is perfect for toting to summer potlucks. It features sweet cherries, crunchy celery, nutty aged goat cheese and toasted pecans. If you can find red quinoa, it’s particularly pretty. Recipe Ingredients: 1. 3/4 cup wild rice 2. 1/2 cup quinoa (see Tips), rinsed if ...