Experts Urge Public Action to Aid Cancer Prevention
Community support is essential for healthy behaviours that can reduce cancer risk, according to updated guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention released this week by the American Cancer Society. We can't just tell people to eat more fruits and vegetables and get more exercise when there are so many forces working against them being able to do that easily, and on a regular basis," "We've got to work together to ensure that worksites and schools have healthy food options; that our neighbourhoods are designed so that our children can safely ride their bikes or walk to school; that people have the information they need to help them make healthier food choices, whether at the grocery store or when eating out,"
Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity a week, or an equivalent combination. Children and teens should get at least an hour of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity a day, with vigorous intensity activity at least three days a week.
Make a point of limiting sedentary behaviours, such as sitting, lying down, watching television and other types of screen-based entertainment
Eat at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and fruits a day.
Avoid eating processed and red meat.
Select whole grains instead of refined grain products.
Men should have no more than two drinks per day and women should have no more than one drink per day.
Increase access to affordable, healthy foods in communities, workplaces, and schools.
Reduce promotion of and access to foods and beverages with low nutritional value, particularly to youth.
Create safe, enjoyable, and accessible settings for physical activity in schools and workplaces, and for recreation and transportation in communities.
"The environments in which we live, work, learn and play have a tremendous impact on our ability to make and sustain healthy lifestyle choices. So if we're not working to change those environments so that the healthier choice is the easier choice, we're missing the boat”.