The health problems stemming from obesity have inspired campaigns nationwide, all trying to encourage the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese to achieve a healthy weight, which would help reduce the risk of seven cancers.
But getting people to modify eating and activity behaviors can be tricky.
Last week, one of the first studies to systematically look at what kind of messaging works best found that campaigns recognized for stigmatizing or blaming obese people are perceived as no more effective than more positive or neutral campaigns. In fact, the advice of negative campaigns was deemed to be less achievable.
Could you meet the New American Plate (NAP) challenge?
So far over 1,500 people from around the US (and the world) are ready to start. Beginning next week, these Challengers are stepping up to the New American Plate Challenge to lose weight healthfully and lower their cancer risk through healthier eating and increased physical activity.
Every Friday, you will receive a teaser email to prepare for the upcoming weekly challenge, describing what you need to buy at the grocery store or ways to prepare for moving more.
The Monday morning email will reveal that week’s challenge and you’ll find more specifics, including tips, tools and recipes on the NAP Challenge website to help you meet the week’s goals. Continue reading →
Maintaining a healthy body weight is AICR’s top recommendation for cancer prevention. And including enough high protein foods at your meals can keep you feeling full longer to help you get to and stay a healthy weight.
Our Health-e-Recipe for Lemony Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken gives you excellent-tasting chicken that can supply lean protein for more than one meal. Lemon and herbs are both healthy additions that contain phytochemicals, and the honey helps the chicken brown while adding a yummy sweet flavor.
It’s important to get enough lean protein to stay satisfied when you are trying to eat for weight loss for overall health and reducing cancer risk. AICR advises limiting lean animal protein to one-third or less of your plate and filling the remaining 2/3 or more with plant-based foods. A four-ounce serving of Lemony Chicken has 25 grams of protein, a big percentage of the 46 grams per day for adult women and 56 grams for adult men recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Other healthy sources of protein include 1 cup of cooked dry beans, about 16 grams, 8-ounce container of low-fat yogurt has about 11 grams of protein (6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt has 17 grams), a 3-ounce piece of lean meat about 21 grams; and 1 cup of nonfat milk, 8 grams of protein
Researchers are investigating the links between obesity, physical activity and cancer this week at the international conference presented by AICR affiliate the World Cancer Research Fund and the International Association for the Study of Obesity. While the complexities of what we eat and our physical activity levels are under study, you can use AICR’s Health-e-Recipes and physical activity ideas to reach a healthy weight with practical, enjoyable steps everyday.