Michelle 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?
AICR welcomes World Cancer Day 2010 as an opportunity to share the vital, life-saving, evidence-based message that we are not powerless before this disease. The evidence is in, and its shows that steps can be taken, by anyone, at any age, to help protect against cancer.
In the first study participants who reported moderate exercise during midlife or later life were less likely to have MCI. The authors suggest this may be due to production of nerve-protecting compounds, greater blood flow to the brain or other neuronal and cardiovascular benefits. Although people who are more physically active could also “show the same type of discipline in dietary habits, accident prevention…compliance with medical care and similar health-promoting behaviors.”
The second study followed 29 participants (average age 70) with MCI. Those randomly assigned to an exercise group, completed 4 days per week of 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. The control group did stretching exercises, but maintained low heart rates.
The vigorous exercisers showed improved cognitive function compared to the control group. The authors point out that this would be a cost-effective practice to improve cognitive performance without the adverse effects of many drug therapies.