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Health Regulations Push Schools to Serve Healthier Lunches

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »
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For the first time in over a decade, stricter health regulations have pushed schools to offer healthier lunch choices for students. Options will include more servings of fruit and vegetables and overall less saturated fat content. Many school systems are also increasing the number of dishes that incorporate vegetarian and whole grain options. The recent government regulations are a result of the increasing obesity epidemic affecting school age children in the U.S. With one-third of all ...

15 Year Old Invents Cancer Detection Tool, Wins Intel S&E Fair

Posted by Vanamala Narasimhan, Communications Intern on August 1st, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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Jack Andraka, a 15 year old Maryland high school student, recently won the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his work on cancer identification technology. His winning project was an early detection test that can be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. We got a chance to ask him about his project and achievements—here’s what this talented young scientist had to say: Q:     Where did you get your inspiration for your ...

Life Spans of Women Improving Slower than Men

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 25th, 2012 | No Comments »
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On average, women in the U.S. are expected to live four years longer than men. According to a report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, that gap may be shrinking as men’s life spans are increasing each year more than women’s life spans are. In over 650 counties across the U.S., women’s life expectancy has not improved since 1999 and in some cases it has worsened especially in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia. Nationally, men’s ...

True or False? 9 Popular Exercise Myths Explained

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on April 23rd, 2012 | No Comments »
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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 ...