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Moving, chewing and dancing: Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives National Challenge

Posted by Maggie Klee on July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Community Outreach - There are few grants for a 1.5 person office staff like us; and yet our organization, and those like it, need assistance. Your campaign provides this. Thank you so very much.”  -Prevent Cancer Foundation Challenge winner What do a “Move and Chew” workshop, a firefighter and a dancing Polly Polyp have in common? The answer: the National Challenge, Prevent Cancer’s annual competition to champion colorectal cancer grassroots community projects. Each year, the winners of the Challenge work to raise awareness and screening in their communities in innovative ways. Here are a few examples of how the 2013 Challenge winners raised awareness and screening in their communities in Virginia, Wyoming and New York: First-place winner Virginia Cancer Network in Charlottesville implemented a Colon Cancer Free Zone program and educated employees at STIHL Inc. The “Move and Chew” workshop had 41 participants and focused on the importance of eating a healthy diet and how to make small steps to increase physical activity. Focusing on small steps was important as the majority of the employees at STIHL work 12 hour shifts. As part of their award, the group organized a Prevent Cancer Super ColonTM Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ stop at the Shamrock Marathon Health Expo in Virginia Beach. ...

Nothing more patriotic than prevention

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on July 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

Wellness - (photo: Tim Hamilton) You’re headed out to the fireworks tonight. While blasting patriotic tunes on the patio, you jam a perfectly grilled cheeseburger into your mouth, so pumped that you can barely chew. More than a couple of alcoholic beverages later, you eat a gigantic piece of gooey, good old-fashioned chocolate cake. By the time you get to the fireworks, your food-induced coma has knocked the energy, life and holiday cheer out of your red, white ...

Congresswoman Maloney pushes FDA to ban tanning bed use for minors nationwide

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The Prevent Cancer Foundation supports Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) as she pushes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of tanning beds for minors under the age of 18. Rep. Maloney recently stood on the steps of New York City Hall to promote this nationwide ban, stating that “All across America today, teenagers will be making a purely fashion and fad decision that could be harmful to their health, and in ...

Rooting for prevention at the Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run

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Events - The Prevent Cancer 5k Walk/Run crew is proud to root for a team that cares about prevention. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals recently announced that he is giving up smokeless tobacco after the death of his mentor, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn, who died on June 16 from salivary cancer at the age of 54, was a professional baseball player and Strasburg’s former coach at San Diego State. Smokeless tobacco, common in the professional baseball industry, significantly increases ...