Intense, Short Exercise Bouts Found to Lower Colon Cancer Cell Growth

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There is already strong research showing that regular exercise lowers the risk of developing colon cancer. Evidence also indicates that being active can help colon cancer survivors live longer and stay healthier.

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    The Inspiration Behind the iTHRIVE Plan

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    The iTHRIVE Plan – and all of our collaborative work – began with our shared vision: to ease the suffering caused by cancer and help transform cancer care in this country. This vision arose from our perspectives as professionals, but also from our deep personal experiences. We are both cancer thrivers (Karolyn is a 23+ year survivor of ovarian cancer and Lise was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago!). To make our vision come alive we vowed to provide people diagnosed with cancer trustworthy guidance and information about evidence-based lifestyle wellness strategies that have the ability to heal in a variety of ways. This vision has indeed guided our work together ever since.

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      Here Is How the Experts Stay Active in Winter

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      With the latest AICR Cancer Prevention Recommendations and the newly updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, we have more guidance about why – and how – we need to move more. The main message is: MOVE MORE, SIT LESS – an important first step. But winter and cold weather can be a major impediment to getting active and eventually meeting the recommended 20-30 minutes daily of moderate physical activity.

      Health care experts know the benefits of activity, so how do they keep fit in winter? We asked oncology dietitians how they stay active, and what they recommend to their patients when it’s just too cold or nasty to go outside. We shared some ideas in AICR’s eNewsletter this month, but here are even more of those creative choices*:

      • A self-challenge: I like the Fitbit to keep track of my activity. I have a “challenge” from 5 am to 6 pm to get at least 250 steps each hour. At 10 minutes before the hour, I get an alert if I haven’t achieved that.
      • I use the GoNoodle app for my kids (and I join in sometimes). – J. Paige Williamson, MS, RD, LDN
      • Try SparkPeople.com videos! They are good for a variety of abilities and fitness levels. – Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE

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