Last week the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society published a consensus paper on the links between diabetes and cancer. The two diseases share many of the same risk factors: overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity and poor diets.
In August, we’ll release our latest AICR In-Depth background paper for health professionals. This paper will review the science on the cancer-diabetes connection and provide “bottom line” advice for patients and clients. If you’re a health professional or educator, you can receive AICR In-Depth papers, along with lots of other free information and discounts on bulk purchases of AICR materials, by signing up for the AICR HPE eCommunity.
There are over 400 national parks in the United States that help preserve historic buildings and landscapes while creating recreation activities close to home. Volunteering at a national park can be rewarding both mentally and physically. Volunteers help maintain over 1,000 trails and historic landmarks including places like Pearl Harbor and the Martin Luther King Birthplace.
The June issue of AICR’s eNews shows volunteering at a park is a great way to get involved with your local history and to add physical activity to your schedule. AICR recommends 30 minutes of moderate daily activity to prevent cancer and it’s important to find an activity that you enjoy so you’ll stick with it.
There are other ways to volunteer outside if helping out at a national park isn’t for you. The recent oil spill in the Gulf coast region has produced a need for volunteers to help clean up the affected area and report the environmental impacts caused by the spill. National parks have been affected by this as well as other organizations helping to clean up the Gulf Bay. Some of these organizations you can volunteer at are the National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. Their websites will contain more information on how to help.
Based on that growing body of research, the American College of Sports Medicine released the first ever guidelines for physical activity and cancer survivors yesterday at their annual meeting in Baltimore. AICR is exhibiting at the conference, so I was able to catch the presentation on this topic.
The Number One Recommendation: Cancer patients and survivors should engage in physical activity. Basically, as much as possible follow the 2008 federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity and 2 times per week resistance training.
The risk of not being active greatly outweighs risk that might occur from engaging in activity according to the panel that developed the guidelines. The research showed improved quality of life, fitness, flexibility and greater physical functioning in patients and survivors who engaged in physical activity.
For trainers and fitness professionals there are specific recommendations regarding doing individual assessments and tailoring programs for specific diagnoses.
But the strong message was to find a way to be active.