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Cancer Prevention Tip # 2 – Eat Healthy and Get Active

The American Cancer Society provides helpful information about the benefits of good nutrition, regular physical activity, and staying at a healthy weight.

Your daily habits, such as diet and exercise, might have more of an affect on your risk for cancer than you realize. Research has shown that a poor diet and an inactive lifestyle are two key factors that can increase a persons risk of cancer.

Luckily, both of these things are within your control. The American Cancer Society provides the following tips to help reduce your risk of cancer:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods.

Each year, more than 572,000 Americans die of cancer. About one-third of these deaths are linked to physical inactivity, poor diet, and carrying too much weight.

The American Cancer Society provides guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention.

Restaurant Eating Tips

  • If you are going to eat out, think about what you are eating the rest of the day so you can plan well and not blow your “calorie budget.”
  • Have it your way. Restaurants are in the business of serving customers. Don’t be afraid to ask for items prepared the way you want them.
  • More tips for dining out

Active Substitutions

  • Use stairs rather than an elavator.
  • Exercise at lunch with your workmates, family, or friends.
  • Take a 20-minute exercise break at work to stretch or take a quick walk.
  • More tips on fitting in fitness and active substitutions

As mentioned before, about one-third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity factors. Challenge yourself to lose some extra pounds, increase your physical activity, make healthy food choices, limit alcohol consumption, and look for active substitutions. All of these efforts will help contribute to a healthier community.