Steve the AICR Librarian regularly combs the net for news relevant to our mission.
We love getting these updates, because they help us keep on top of the latest developments. They also provide fodder for discussion both internally (ie, around the watercooler) and externally (ie, in AICR publications like Cancer Research Update and eNews.)
We figured we shouldn’t keep Steve’s hard work to ourselves, so here’s his latest roundup. Hope you find it as useful as we do.
If you had to fill out a survey of your week’s activity, would you include only those bouts of exercise at the gym or add in the dog walks? What about including darting around at the office or any heavy lifting you do at work?
Identifying people’s activity levels may not be as simple as asking them.
This week, a study came out that Mexican-Americans are the most active group in America, compared to non-Hispanic whites and African Americans. The results challenge previous findings and suggest that collecting physical activity information should include electronic devices, along with self-reports.
The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health; you can read the abstract here.
Michelle 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?