Great short piece on America Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report on a story that hasn’t gotten the attention it should: How the new healthcare legislation broadens our national approach to diseases like cancer by placing an unprecedented amount of focus on prevention. Take a listen.
Understand: More and better prevention efforts are sorely needed and long overdue. But if there’s one thing our policy report made clear, it’s that government can’t do it alone. All levels of society – industry, schools, health professionals, the media, individuals – helped get us to where we are now, and must play a role in the kind of sweeping societal changes needed to make it easier for everyone to make healthy, cancer protective choices.
How are our policy report’s 49 recommendations addressed in the new legislation? What, exactly, remains to be done? It’ll take some time to tease out those answers.
In the first study, some participants were asked to select four foods for a friend. They could choose from 16 foods – a mixture of “healthy” and “indulgent” choices. The other participants were to choose from the same foods for themselves.
Those choosing for themselves selected a healthy balance of healthy and indulgent foods, while the other group chose mostly indulgent foods.
The second study at a supermarket found that shoppers did, in fact, purchase more indulgent foods for friends and family. Yet another study in the series showed that when aware of their friends’ health goals, people chose a more balanced mix of foods.
AICR welcomes World Cancer Day 2010 as an opportunity to share the vital, life-saving, evidence-based message that we are not powerless before this disease. The evidence is in, and its shows that steps can be taken, by anyone, at any age, to help protect against cancer.