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New Food Plate Worksheets Focus on Minority Populations

Posted by PCF Admin on April 25th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - Last week was National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 15-21) and this year The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created food plate worksheets to promote healthy eating habits and cancer prevention for African American, Hispanic and Vietnamese audiences. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer stated that obesity is the second largest preventable cause of cancer diagnosis and death, after tobacco use. The MD Anderson worksheets are important because they are culturally appropriate, include serving size recommendations and recommend cancer-fighting foods. The food plates recommend that men’s meals stay in the 500 calorie range and women’s meals stay in the 400 calorie range. No more than one third of a plate should contain meat and the other two thirds should contain fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains. The food plates are available online for public use. Read the full Newswise article.

A Little Exercise Helps Smokers Quit and Live Longer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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No Smoking - It is common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health, but quitting can seem like a daunting task. A large study in Taiwan involving over 430,000 smokers found that just 15 minutes of exercise per day increased a smoker’s chance of quitting by 55% and made them 43% less likely to smoke again after quitting. The author of the study, Chi Pang Wen, a professor at the National Health Research Institute and China Medical University Hospital ...

HPV Cancers a Concern for Both Men and Women

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »
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Prevention - Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer, but it also causes oral, anal and penile cancer. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using data collected from 2004-2008, HPV causes 18,000 cancer cases in women and 8,000 cancer cases in men annually. HPV prevention has become a concern for both men and women. Receiving an HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active is the leading way to prevent ...

True or False? 9 Popular Exercise Myths Explained

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Exercise Daily - Exercising is important for overall wellness and should be part of a healthy lifestyle that also includes a nutritious diet. Getting the motivation to exercise and to stick with an exercise plan can be a challenge for some because of many popular misconceptions. Weight loss should not be the primary measurement of physical activity and being active does not balance out with hours spent on the couch. Are these statements true or false? “You should stretch before exercising?” “Lifting ...