Of AICR’s ten recommendations for cancer prevention, being active for at least 30 minutes a day can be one of the more challenging ones. But it’s important. Research shows regular exercise reduces risk of several cancers directly. It also helps with weight control, and being at a healthy weight means reduced risk of seven cancers.
Research also suggests a host of perks we get from being active, from mental well being to heart health. And it can be fun.
So how do scientists and dietitians get their 30 minutes? At our research conference in November, we found out:
Are you expecting a season of holiday parties, special treats, being too busy to exercise and feeling extra stress? At our latest tweetchat we talked strategies for powering through those and other Holiday Hangups – health stoppers that can derail our usual habits that help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, and lower risk for cancer.
I selected three topics we discussed and chose some of my favorite tips from tweetchat participants. Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two to help you stay on the healthy track tomorrow and beyond. The goal: Enjoy the holidays and delicious food AND stay energized and satisfied, but not stuffed.
1. Social gatherings – how do you manage to sneak in some healthy eating?
The one plate rule, especially if I’m at a holiday buffet!
I slim down my [drink] by choosing calorie-free beverages like sparkling water or club soda.
Step away from sights and smells of the buffet table. I spend a mindful moment deciding how hungry I actually am. Continue reading →
This time of year brings family and friends together for celebrations of many kinds. But no matter which holiday you’re celebrating, AICR can help you keep it healthy.
We get asked a lot of questions about how to handle “Holiday Hangups” — those issues unique to this time of year that complicate your efforts to eat healthy, get your 30 minutes of activity in, and stay a healthy weight.
Now through January 1st, we’ll be featuring tips on a host of Holiday Hangups every day. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for answers to questions about:
How to prepare healthy and delicious holiday dishes
How to manage this busy time of year and still find time to exercise
Techniques for managing holiday parties that feature lots of alcohol and rich foods
How to cook for a vegetarian or vegan guest
How to avoid stress — and “stress-eating”
How to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth in healthy ways
How to cook the unusual vegetables and grains that find their way to the holiday table