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Consider Bicycling to Cut Costs and Save Lives

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published a study about the many economic and health benefits of more people replacing short car trips with alternate transportation. Several billion dollars and over 1,000 lives each year would be saved due to cleaner air, lower health care costs and increased physical health. The study focused on the impact of replacing half of all short car trips (5 miles or less) with bicycle use. The major health benefit included ...

Moderate Exercise Offsets Extra Holiday Pounds

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Weight gain is a recurring concern for many people during the holiday season. However, a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have a gift of good news for you this year! Staff scientist Paul T. Williams found that runners and walkers, even those with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) and unhealthy diets, gain significantly less weight over time than those who have similar diets and do not exercise. Worried about your weight this holiday ...

Smokers, Obese Face Increased Health Care Costs

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It may not come as a surprise that people who smoke or are obese use more health care services than their co-workers, but you may be surprised to know that companies have started passing on those costs directly to employees. In 2012 there is expected to be a large increase in the number of companies that charge a higher premium for individuals who smoke or do not maintain a healthy weight. On the bright side, the ...

Sitting for Long Periods of Time Increases Cancer Risk

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 4th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Increasing daily physical activity is a great way to lower your cancer risk, but now there is another risk factor that you should know about – being seated for long periods of time is strongly linked to an increased risk for colorectal and breast cancer. "It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk," said Neville Owen, PhD of Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Dr. Owen presented the research ...