Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Learn how you can reduce your cancer risk by taking a close look at your lifestyle, exercise and dietary habits.
Good Health is Easy!
Reduce your risk through lifestyle:
• If you smoke, quit; if you don’t smoke, don’t start!
• Get at least 4 hours of physical activity per week
• Keep your weight within a healthy range
• Drink max of 1 alcoholic drink/day if female and 2/day if male.
Reduce your risk through diet:
• Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
• Cut back on your consumption of saturated fat and trans fatty acids.
• Eat less sugar. Refined sugar is believed to act as a “cancer fuel”.
• Eat less processed/fast foods.
• Eat less artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
• Eat more foods that protect against cancer:
• Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower
• Green and orange fruits and vegetables
• Soy foods
• Green and black teas
Make changes one step at a time:
• If you’re a couch potato, start walking with friends
• If you need to lose weight, try to drop no more than a pound or two a week
• If you’re a fast-food junkie, cut down to one or two fast-food meals a week
• Eat three desserts a week instead of every night
• Cook with olive oil rather than butter or margarine
Download the Taking Action Toward Prevention flyer and post it on your refrigerator, at your desk, in your car or anywhere that you’ll see it on a regular bases. Reduce your cancer risk by taking a close look at your lifestyle, exercise, and dietary habits today.