Double Duty Health Strategies: Heart Disease & Cancer

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This month is American Heart Month and you’ve probably read a story on how to protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States; cancer is the second.
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It’s a good thing then, that the lifestyle strategies recommended to prevent heart disease are strikingly similar to those of cancer prevention. In short: eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and stay a healthy weight.

The latest issue of AICR’s Cancer Research Update examines the similarities – and difference – in the recommendations to reduce risk for heart disease and cancer.

You can read the CRU article here.

AICR Launches Spanish Summary of Policy Report

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Yesterday, at an event at the Headquarters of the Pan-American Health Organization (the regional office of the World Health Organization in the Americas), we launched the Spanish summary of our major report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention.

Launch of AICR PAHO Spanish Policy Summary, PAHO HQ
Launch of AICR/PAHO Spanish Summary, PAHO HQ
Press questions at AICR PAHO Summary Launch
Press Questions at AICR/PAHO Summary Launch

The summary was published jointly by AICR and PAHO, and adapts the report’s global policy recommendation to Latin American countries.

The launch event here in DC was well-attended, and over 30 countries participated via web. A lively discussion followed (the Q and A session went on for over 30 minutes) including the comments of the Deputy Health Minister of Panama, who participated by phone.

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AICR Vice President for Programs Deirdre McGinley-Gieser spoke briefly to fit the new summary into the wider context of AICR’s ongoing mission, and to express how excited we are to partner with PAHO, an organization that can help effect the kind of changes that could lower cancer rates in the Americas and save millions of lives.

You can read about the AICR/WCRF Policy Report here.

The Spanish summary is available on PAHO website.

Refrigerator Redo

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fridge_iStock_000004404496XSmallA refrigerator make-over may be just what you need to snap out of your winter diet doldrums. Escape that gray, snowy day and head to the nearest supermarket produce section.

Stock your fridge with antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains and take your crucial first step toward an energy-boosting, cancer-fighting diet.

AICR is ready to help you get started on your refrigerator redo with our Steps to a Healthy Fridge.   Try it out and let us know how you’re making changes. Send us your photos – before, after or ‘as is’ and we’ll post some here.

For inspiration – here’s a fun site with photos of refrigerators and their contents from all over the world.