Survey Finds Half of Americans Want to Take a Hike this Summer

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School’s out for the summer and kids are ready to play! This is a great time to make healthy habits part of your family’s summer plans. Give your kids a start for lifelong cancer protection by helping them be active. For adults, AICR research shows that moving for at least 30 minutes daily lowers the risk for post-menopausal breast, colorectal, and endometrial cancers.

To find out how Americans will be getting active, the National Recreation and Park Association asked about favorite summer outdoor activities in a recent survey. Half of those surveyed said that going for a walk or a hike is one of their favorites. Walking and hiking are great ways to explore nature in your local park, on a National Park trail, or to find a new shop in your neighborhood. At the same time you’ll boost fitness, strengthen muscles and build endurance.

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    Massive new study, activity cuts risk of 13 cancers

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    A large new study that pooled together data from a dozen studies found that those who walk, swim, jog or do other sorts of activity the most are at lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer compared to those who are the least active. The study included almost 1.5 million participants and supports the importance of physical activity for lower cancer risk.

    It was published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    Activity MashupAICR research shows that activity lowers risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. There is some evidence being active may play a role in other cancers, but many of these studies are relatively small; AICR continues to analyze the research – including this study – as part of its Continuous Update Project.

    The strength of this study was that it could pool together cancers that are not as common. Here, researchers included 12 population studies from the United States and Europe to look at how physical activity links to 26 cancer types. All together, the studies included 1.4 million men and women, ages 18 to 98. The average age was 59. Read more… “Massive new study, activity cuts risk of 13 cancers”

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      What motivates a child to be active? Try this.

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      It’s “Back to school” time and that brings challenges in keeping kids active and healthy in the 21st century. In decades past, school provided much more than academic education; it also provided an environment conducive to the development of social and life skills. Lessons learned on the playground included important social skills such as cooperation, teamwork, conflict resolution, and peer communication. Physical education class provided an outlet to release energy, and establish the important lifestyle habit of physical activity on a daily basis.

      The author at work (and play)
      The author at work (and play)

      With recess and physical activity time being cut to make more time for classroom learning, the struggle to keep kids healthy and active is harder than ever before. The sad truth is kids are expected to spend the majority of their day “sitting”, contributing to skyrocketing childhood obesity rates and overall health concerns — including increased cancer risk — for our next generation.

      That said, the challenges don’t end when the bell rings. Kids today have succumbed to the “technology takeover”, spending more time living in the “virtual” world than in the real one. While kids in previous generations would play outside afterschool until dinner time, kids today run home to video games, television shows, text messages, and social media, increasing the amount of time they are sedentary.

      We all recognize the issues and we want to overcome them, but what motivates a child to want to be active? To answer this question we must remove our “adult” motivations (lose Read more… “What motivates a child to be active? Try this.”

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