HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention

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Q: I’m following a heart-healthy diet. How can I adapt that for cancer prevention?

A: Eating for heart health and cancer prevention aren’t as different as you may think. We used to think about heart disease and cancer as having separate risk factors, but now we know that just as tobacco increases risk of both, eating and physical activity habits also affect risk of both.

Research now shows that heart health means much more than cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It involves the whole environment within blood vessels. By avoiding elevated insulin levels and excess inflammation, you can promote heart health and bypass key drivers of cancer development. Read more… “HealthTalk: How to eat for heart-health and cancer prevention”

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    Successes, Struggles, and Strategies: Inside AICR’s Weight Loss Program

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    “I have participated in several New American Place Challenges and each time I learn more and incorporate the info into my daily life. Thank you for your valuable information, encouragement and unconditional support. This is an awesome program!”

    This message is music to my dietitian ears. It comes from one of the participants of AICR’s 12-week healthy weight program.

    As one of the NAP Challenge coaches, I hear firsthand how our challengers are embracing an eating style that focuses on plant foods, cooking, and becoming more physically active with dedicated daily walks and breaks between long periods of sitting. Read more… “Successes, Struggles, and Strategies: Inside AICR’s Weight Loss Program”

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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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