Can Salads Sabotage Healthy Efforts?

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You’re trying to cut calories – how bad could a Chicken Caesar salad be?

Potentially disastrous if you’re eating at the Cheesecake Factory.   The 1510 calories in their Caesar chicken salad is almost a full day’s supply for some people.

Read our review of fast food and restaurant salads to see how they stack up as low-calorie, veggie rich choices.  You can find low-calorie choices, but you’ll also find salads that will break your calorie bank.

The Bottom line:

  • Keep it simple.  More veggies, fewer add-ons.
  • Go lean.  Main course salads should include chicken, fish or beans – high protein, low fat.
  • Always dress with less.   Go light with two tablespoons of low-fat dressing.

Do you have a favorite lean and mean salad recipe?

“Let’s Move” Initiative Will Lower Cancer Rates

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Family Eating An Al Fresco MealMichelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation could have a major impact on cancer rates when today’s children become adults.

AICR estimates that approximately 100,000 cancers occurring in the US every year are caused by excess body fat.  Add physical activity and a healthy diet to weight management, and we could prevent about one-third of the most common cancers.  And what better prevention strategy than helping children adopt healthier behaviors?

The campaign focuses on four factors: Healthy Choices, Healthier Schools, Physical Activity and Accessible and Affordable Healthy Food.  This combination of policy changes, health professional action and family involvement envisioned by the First Lady is an important step toward helping children live healthier lifestyles.  And healthier lives will lead to fewer children becoming obese and remaining obese as adults.

AICR’s major report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention addresses many of these same issues  as to how policy changes can influence the behaviors that affect cancer risk and other chronic disease.

What do you see happening in your community to help children lead healthier lifestyles?

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.