How fit is your city, and how that links to cancer prevention

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Minneapolis-St. Paul now ranks as the fittest city area in America, nudging out Washington, DC, as the top spot, according to the latest annual American Fitness Index (AFI) report. Rounding out the top five fittest metropolitan areas are San Francisco-Oakland , Seattle-Tacoma and San Jose.

The rankings offer important insights into cancer prevention, with the rankings taking into account many issues related to cancer risk, such as physical activity, healthy eating and lower rates of obesity.

AICR research shows that physical activity lowers risk of several cancers; staying a healthy weight lowers risk of even more. Scientists estimate that nearly 1/3 of many common cancers in the US could be prevented if everyone were a healthy weight, engaged in physical activity at least 30 minutes every day and ate a healthy plant-based diet. Read more… “How fit is your city, and how that links to cancer prevention”

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    I finally got a standing desk. Here’s what happened.

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    Two years ago, I interviewed a few of my colleagues here at AICR about their experience with using a standing desk. We were using the “sit-stand” variety that allows you to adjust the height but I didn’t get one then because of my desk setup.

    Last summer, though, I came back to the office from a week of being out and I noticed that my hips were achy after sitting for a few hours. I tried a few DIY remedies — using a footstool, walking about frequently,– nothing helped.

    Then the offer of a standing desk came around again. This time, I switched up my computer setup to make it work and I’m so glad I did! Now that I’ve used the standing desk for over eight months, I want to share. For anyone thinking of getting one, here’s what I found: Read more… “I finally got a standing desk. Here’s what happened.”

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      Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters

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      Parents are key when it comes to shaping children’s diet and physical activity. Moms and dads not only model eating, exercise and other health habits, they are also the gatekeepers for what food is served at home and what sports or other activities are available to the family. These influences likely have a profound effect on a child’s weight and therefore their weight as an adult. And kids who grow into adults with obesity are then at a higher risk for many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and liver.

      But according to a new review published in Pediatricsthere’s little research to understand the specific role that fathers play in a child’s weight. In this review of over 200 childhood obesity prevention trials, fathers represented only 6% of parents involved in the studies. Read more… “Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters”

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