31 Days of Health Tip #15 – Cancer Prevention
The American Cancer Society has outlined new guidelines related to cancer prevention.
These updated guidelines are not only for the individual, but also the community:
1. Reduce the access to the marketing of unhealthy foods
2. Increase access and affordability to healthy foods
3. Increase access to places and facilities (playgrounds, gyms) where people can go to improve their physical fitness.
The individual guidelines include:
1. Maintain a healthy weight throughout your life – now, if you’re just now getting started on this, that’s okay, better late than never.
2. Adopt a physically active lifestyle – adults need at least 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
3. Consume a healthy diet, increase the greens – incorporate more ‘plant life’ into your diet, which would include fruit, leafy greens, broccoli, and other healthy vegetables. At least 2 1/2 cups a day is great.
4. Limit alcohol intake – no more than two alcoholic beverages a day for men, one for women.
To take an interactive cancer risk assessment, please visit Siteman Cancer Center.