How Does Your Family’s Diet Rate for Cancer Prevention?

Healthy kids today, prevents cancer tomorrow! That’s the reason I’m working with AICR to develop the “Healthy Kids Today, Prevent Cancer Tomorrow” campaign. The foods we feed our bodies do more than just fuel us, they shield us from viruses, bacteria, and diseases.young people with children

Are you curious about how your diet and knowledge level rates for cancer prevention? Take this quiz, then take a look at our recommended solutions, tips and advice to boost your body’s cancer shielding power!

1. One in three cancers could be avoidable by taking certain precautions. What are they?
A)  Exercise once a week
B)  Eat fruits every day
C)  Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and get 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, and stay a healthy weight
D)  Eat one balanced meal a day Continue reading

Study: Children of Older Parents with Cancer at Risk (& Reducing that Risk)

In a finding that underscores the importance of making lifestyle choices that can reduce cancer risk, a layoung people with childrenrge new study now suggests that even when parents are diagnosed with a cancer at an older age the child is still at increased risk of that cancer.

The paper is published online today at BMJ.

We focus on preventing cancer here but there are factors that increase our risk of cancer none of us can avoid, such as our age and our genes. For many cancers, having a parent diagnosed with that cancer increases the cancer risk for the child.

For this study, the researchers pulled information from a Swedish database that includes over 8 million Swedes born after 1931 and their parents. They looked at cancer diagnosis of parents and their children, from newborns to ages 76, and from the years 1961 to 2008. Continue reading

Want to Be More Thoughtful, Less Boring? Add a Veggie

Moms who want extra incentive to add vegetables to the family dinner take note: It may make your family think you’re a more thoughtful and better cook, at least according to moms, suggests a new study.

The study, which used an online survey, also found that broccoli, green beans and carrots top the list for the vegetables most commonly served at family meals. Broccoli was the moms’ favorite vegetable and according to them, it’s also the favorite of the oldest child: Corn or broccoli is the vegetable of choice for the youngest.

There’s plenty of health reasons to include vegetables with the family meal – with reducing the risk for weight gain and later cancer risk among them – but this study suggests it may also improve how the family perceives the chef and the meal’s tastiness.

The study was published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. Continue reading