Walking for Cancer Prevention with TeamAICR

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Physical activity is a major part of AICR’s message for cancer prevention: Being physically active reduces risk for colorectal, post-menopausal breast and endometrial cancer.

But we don’t just talk the talk. Every year our staff laces up their shoes and puts on a TeamAICR jersey for the St. Patrick’s Day 8k in downtown Washington, D.C.

We may not be the fastest group, or even the most coordinated, but when you put our staff in matching shirts and throw us in to a themed race we’re more than a little enthusiastic.

Whole Team 2013

Runners and walkers of all different levels met up early Sunday morning. We had a great turnout, including first-time racers, former cross-country champs and some very chilly cheerers who braved the cold to root us on.

DanHeather2013This diverse group has one thing in common — a passionate support for cancer prevention research and awareness. This year we raised nearly $1,000 for cancer research! Learn more about the runners and cheerers at our staff 8k page or leave a note of encouragement in the comments (some of us are a bit sore).

So if you’re ready for the challenge, or just want to look this stylish:










visit the TeamAICR page for a list of marathons and fun runs. You can also email events@aicr.org with questions or for tips on holding you own event.

Happy running!

Fun, Festive Fitness

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It’s 9am on Sunday and I’m wearing 3 different primary colors…on purpose.

The first mile is hard—it’s cold and the 20 “Kiss me, I’m Irish” stickers I thought would be a good idea are starting to itch. Not a strong start.

Around mile 3 I’m passed by a leprechaun chasing his pot of gold. Mile 4 is one of my fastest, and I pass no fewer than six green tutu-clad teammates.

Yesterday marked the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 8K—a Washington, DC tradition of dressing up with friends and family and running, walking, skipping through a scenic, downtown 5-mile loop. Team AICR, never ones to miss an opportunity to get dressed up, is here in full force and green garb.

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Recipes for Our Founding Fathers

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Today is President’s Day and over at www.foodtimeline.org, they’ve put together a great collection of the US Presidents’ favorite foods.

It’s got some great research and we’re happy to see so many of them enjoyed vegetables, fruits and whole grains. We took a look at some historical first families and found some cancer-protective modern dishes they might have enjoyed.

George Washington, famously rumored to have loved cherries, preferred a variety of fruits, along with nuts and fish. Eating a variety of fruits and other plant foods is probably protective against several kinds of cancer, including mouth and esophagus. And lab studies suggest the phytochemical anthocyanin, credited with giving cherries their notable red hue, acts as a potent antioxidant.  Fresh game and fowl from his farmland was also popular at the table. He might have loved to try Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce. Read more… “Recipes for Our Founding Fathers”