NAP Challenge as a Tool and Inspiration for a Cancer Survivors Group

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While helping survivors, I searched for an online program to complement my instruction.  I wanted an evidence-based program that aligned with my teaching on a healthy lifestyle.  I discovered the NAP (New American Plate) Challenge from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and signed up to give it a try. I found it to be an effective tool to help my patients with their journey.  

As a registered dietitian working with cancer survivors I see many experience unwanted weight gain during and after their treatment. For some, this is new, so they welcome my help with navigating changes in diet, exercise and other health behaviors. Cancer survivors are often open to change and motivated to live a healthier life to reduce risk of reoccurrence.

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Healthy Eating Strategies: Is It Time to Add More Variety?

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Whether you are a cancer survivor seeking ways to navigate your way to healthier eating habits, or someone who wants to reduce risk of cancer without jumping from one hyped-up claim to another, taking stock of the variety in your everyday food choices can be an excellent starting point. This step fits well as part of AICR’s iTHRIVE Plan for survivors, as well as AICR’s New American Plate Challenge that combines cancer risk reduction strategies with a realistic approach to managing weight.
Expanding variety of foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits and pulses (dried beans, dried peas and lentils) can improve the quality of your overall eating habits and make healthful eating more fun.

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