Recently, AICR/WCRF released its report Diet, nutrition and physical activity: Energy balance and body fatness, on lifestyle factors most strongly linked to weight gain, overweight and obesity. This is important for cancer prevention, because overweight and obesity increase risk for at least 12 types of cancer. Key findings from the new report show physical activity, certain foods and beverages, and dietary patterns play an important role in energy balance and body weight management.
The same rigorous approach used in producing the AICR/WCRF Continuous Update Project (CUP) reports was used in compiling this report: the systematic reviews, meta-analyses and expert panel evaluations ensure the quality and trustworthiness of the evidence-based findings. These findings can help dietitians, doctors and health educators work with patients to explore specific behaviors that decrease or increase risk of weight gain. Encouraging clients to identify realistic and specific steps to avoid or stop weight gain can be empowering. Yet, there are challenges for clinicians in discussing weight, including obesity stigma, anti-fat bias, unrealistic weight loss goals and the difficulty of weight loss for many people. Read more… “Conversations About Weight: Finding a Healthy Balance”
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
America’s sedentary lifestyle contributes to our too high rates of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer. Now, the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides new research on the benefits of physical activity, including lower risk of several types of cancer, weight loss, improved quality of life, and lower risk of death from any cause. AICR’s recent blog post from Dr. Anne McTiernan describes the Guidelines’ recommendations to move more and sit less, including benefits for cancer prevention and cancer survivors.
For the first time the Guidelines include recommendations for policy-makers and communities to take actions to help increase physical activity among Americans. The evidence on the benefits of physical activity for improved health are clear, but few people even come close to meeting activity recommendations. The alarming fact is that only about one in five adults and one in four high school students regularly get enough physical activity needed for good health. Read more… “Why Aren’t We More Active? New Guidelines Provide Evidence, Strategies for Effective Policies”
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