“Let’s Move” Initiative Will Lower Cancer Rates

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Family Eating An Al Fresco MealMichelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation could have a major impact on cancer rates when today’s children become adults.

AICR estimates that approximately 100,000 cancers occurring in the US every year are caused by excess body fat.  Add physical activity and a healthy diet to weight management, and we could prevent about one-third of the most common cancers.  And what better prevention strategy than helping children adopt healthier behaviors?

The campaign focuses on four factors: Healthy Choices, Healthier Schools, Physical Activity and Accessible and Affordable Healthy Food.  This combination of policy changes, health professional action and family involvement envisioned by the First Lady is an important step toward helping children live healthier lifestyles.  And healthier lives will lead to fewer children becoming obese and remaining obese as adults.

AICR’s major report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention addresses many of these same issues  as to how policy changes can influence the behaviors that affect cancer risk and other chronic disease.

What do you see happening in your community to help children lead healthier lifestyles?

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    Refrigerator Redo

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    fridge_iStock_000004404496XSmallA refrigerator make-over may be just what you need to snap out of your winter diet doldrums. Escape that gray, snowy day and head to the nearest supermarket produce section.

    Stock your fridge with antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains and take your crucial first step toward an energy-boosting, cancer-fighting diet.

    AICR is ready to help you get started on your refrigerator redo with our Steps to a Healthy Fridge.   Try it out and let us know how you’re making changes. Send us your photos – before, after or ‘as is’ and we’ll post some here.

    For inspiration – here’s a fun site with photos of refrigerators and their contents from all over the world.

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      Pack in the Omega 3’s

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      Sardines are one of the hot food trends for 2010 according to J. Walter Thompson, a global advertising agency. Affordability, healthy fats and a good environmental score make these little fish attractive for 2010.

      grilled sardines
      Sardines are high in omega 3 fatty acids, a polyunsaturated fat that seems to offer protection against both heart disease and cancer.  Since most Americans don’t get enough omega 3’s, these relatively inexpensive and easy to find canned wonders could be a nutrition gold mine.

      In addition to the healthy fats and protein, sardines are a good source of calcium, iron, zinc and selenium.  Calories are just slightly higher than salmon.

      Read more about sardines from AICR Nutrition Consultant Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN.

      Do you like sardines?  Let us know if you have a favorite sardine recipe.

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