Strive for Good Health and Cancer Prevention while Getting Kids Back to School

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This time of the year is busy with planning, shopping and returning to extracurricular activities and the excitement of a new school year. Before settling into the school year routine, develop a plan to move more and eat more healthily to meet AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendation. Talk with your family about ideas that would work for all, and then set your family plan into action. Here are some suggestions from AICR.

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Building a Cancer-Protective Breakfast

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It’s September. Summer is slowly fading and our autumn is revving up. Whether you are getting back from vacation or starting school, now is the time to focus on building a healthy morning routine. Launching your day with a healthy breakfast provides you the opportunity to start with a bevy of nutrients, fiber and plant compounds that help lower cancer risk and can help provide energy throughout the day. Having breakfast can also cut down on compulsive snacking later on, which can play an important role in keeping you at a healthy weight. Studies are inconsistent about whether a balanced breakfast supports a healthy weight, but it seems that getting more of your day’s calories earlier in the day may be helpful. Healthy weight is important, since strong evidence shows that having overweight or obesity increases the risk of 12 cancers.

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Scientist in the Spotlight: Dr. Cynthia Thomson

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Dr. Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN, leads a research program at the University of Arizona that focuses on the relationships among lifestyle factors, diet and physical activity with cancer prevention and survivorship. Her research currently looks at behavioral changes and how different interventions, using a range of options like eHealth tools and various information delivery systems can impact or improve health after a diagnosis of cancer.

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