3 Cancer-Fighting Tips for your Family Vacation

If you’re planning one last summer get-away before it’s back-to-school and back-to-work, make it a time to boost your family’s health to stay on the road to a cancer preventive lifestyle.

Starting early in life to help your children develop healthy habits can pay off now and in the future because it can help them learn how to make healthy eating and staying active a routine part of their daily choices.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-family-playing-beach-image19683878

Here’s three ideas for your vacation, which you can make fun and delicious with a little organizing and family input.

  1. Personalize snack stash: allow your children to pack their own snack sack for the road. With a few ground rules, take them shopping so they can select their own fresh fruit and vegetable, favorite cheese or yogurt, whole grain crackers and sweet treat. These are snacks they can eat when they want – 5 miles down the road, or they can space them out over a few days. This can go a long way to limit impulse purchases at the convenience store or airport.
  2. Family Fitness: Plan ahead for some physical activity every day. You could have family members each choose one activity that can be done by everyone – for example, take along jump ropes, Frisbees, stretch bands, sturdy walking shoes or yoga mats. Here’s a video of some basic stretch band exercises, for example.
  3. Explore local foods: Check out area farmer’s markets, family friendly farms or other food outlets that promote locally grown produce. Besides finding some tasty specialties, you may get to hear farmers, growers and producers’ talk about their food, how it was grown and how they like to prepare it.

Check out Healthy Kids Today – Prevent Cancer Tomorrow tookits for great ideas, activities and recipes to get your kids excited about healthy habits.


Garden Harvest: What to Do with All Those Cancer-Fighting Summer Squash

Last week I wrote about the importance of eating vegetables and fruit for health and cancer prevention. It’s the peak of summer garden produce now – a great time to load your plate with delicious, fresh and seasonal veggies and fruit.Summer Squash_med

If you’re a gardener, friends with a gardener, or a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), that means there’s a good chance you have a kitchen full of zucchini and summer squash.

You’ll benefit from your these foods’ vitamins, minerals and cancer protective phytochemicals, but also get the bonus of filling up on low calorie and fiber-packed dishes. AICR’s expert report and continuous updates found that non-starchy vegetables, like summer squash, lower risk for cancers of the esophagus, stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx.

After you’ve steamed, stir-fried and made zucchini bread, you may be wondering what else you can do with these summer staples. Here are some of AICR’s tested recipes to help you use that bounty in a healthy and delicious way: Continue reading


Weight Loss, Cancer Prevention and Health: Why Vegetables and Fruits Matter

If you’ve been working hard to eat more broccoli or blueberries, headlines like “Fruits and vegetables don’t lead to weight loss, study says” can drive you crazy. You may wonder if it’s worth the effort. I certainly hear from people questioning whether they can trust any nutrition and weight loss messages when they see headlines like these.NAP-Plate-v02

Make no mistake about it, fruits and vegetables are a key part of a cancer-preventive diet. And they can play a role in getting to and staying a healthy weight – important for lowering risk for eight cancers and other chronic diseases. Even the authors of that recent study acknowledge that in their paper. So why the confusing messages?

Here’s what that study was about: The authors say that health organizations promote increasing veggies and fruit for weight loss without explaining the need to also decrease overall calories. So they looked for studies that tested the idea that simply adding vegetables and fruit to your diet will lead to weight loss. Continue reading