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Give Thanks by Staying Active This Holiday

Posted by Lisa Berry on November 21st, 2014 | No Comments »
The author and her brother get ready for their annual family football game on Thanksgiving Day.

Left: The author and her brother get ready for their annual family football game on Thanksgiving Day.   Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude. It seems counter-intuitive then, that as we give thanks for our blessings—our health, I hope, chief among them—that we do not make an effort to live healthfully on this day. In fact, most of us do quite the opposite, eating rich foods to the point of discomfort and moving little. It’s not the only ...

AMA declares obesity a disease

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The nation’s largest physicians group, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease. Supporters of the disease classification believe this decision could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment by spurring health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services and getting doctors to pay more attention to the condition. Opponents of the decision say obesity is more a risk factor for other conditions than a disease. Critics are also concerned ...

Skip the Soda: Grab a Refreshing, Healthy Drink This Summer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 13th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Summer is right around the corner, as is the need to remain hydrated in the approaching hot weather. Drinking water is a great way to prevent dehydration, but be careful what other liquids you are grabbing this season. Sugary drinks such as soda are not good for you, especially those sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Contrary to popular belief, diet sodas are not a healthier alternative. They have been linked to weight gain and the risk ...

Smokers, Obese Face Increased Health Care Costs

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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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 ...