Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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    It’s not that confusing. Diet and exercise matter for cancer prevention.

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    Not smoking will lower your risk of many cancers. Getting vaccinated will lower your risk of certain cancers. And eating a healthy diet along with exercising regularly will also lower your risk of certain cancers.

    It’s not that confusing.

    If you read a widely shared New York Times piece going around this week, you would think that you shouldn’t trust any evidence when it comes to diet and exercise and cancer risk. That’s not true.

    It’s not a single study, or even several. It’s looking at the entire body of research, systematically and thoroughly – what we do here at AICR – and what that shows is:

    The foods you eat will lower your risk because staying a healthy weight is so important for cancer prevention.

    -Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day reduces the risk of breast, endometrial and colorectal cancers. Emerging research suggests possibly more.

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      Advanced Prostate Cancers Rise, Reducing Your Risk

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      While US prostate cancer rates overall have stayed about the same over a decade, cases of the advanced and most deadly types of prostate cancers have steadily grown, finds a new study that highlights the need to focus on prevention. The study was published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.

      AICR’s recent report on prostate cancer found that being overweight or obese increases men’s risk for advanced cancers.

      Yesterday’s study found that new cases of men diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer rose 72 percent from 2004 to 2013. Metastatic cancers means they have spread beyond the prostate (or other site). These advanced cancers are often aggressive and deadly.

      Data Source: AB Weiner et al. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases (2016).

      Read more… “Advanced Prostate Cancers Rise, Reducing Your Risk”

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