Posts tagged with "healthy lifestyle"

Rise in Obesity-Related Cancers

A new analysis, published in the Lancet Public Health, raises the alarm that the rates of obesity-related cancers are rising in younger and younger adults. In the new study, six of twelve types of obesity-related cancers have significantly increased between 1995-2014 and the risk of these cancers is increasing in each successive younger age group. These cancers include colorectal, pancreatic, gallbladder, kidney cancer and multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer). These cancer types are particularly concerning because they are very serious and account for over 150,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.

“These numbers are worrying but not surprising; the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recently sounded the alarm that having overweight and obesity cause at least 12 types of cancer. However, the younger and younger age bracket in which we see rates increasing is even more troubling and demands a response. We cannot just watch these rates go up and ignore the factors that we know are contributing to these increases,” says Dr. Nigel Brockton, Vice President of Research at AICR.

Disturbingly, over 70% of Americans have overweight or obesity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And AICR maintains that cancer risk increases across each higher category of Body Mass Index (BMI) as an indicator of body fatness (Healthy = 18.5-24.9, Overweight = 25-29.9, and Obesity = 30 and above).

A mere five BMI points (kg/m2) separate the three basic (healthy, overweight, obese) BMI categories. It is important to emphasize that cancer risk is not limited to the extreme category of obesity only, the risk increases for those with overweight too. For example, compared to those having healthy BMI range overweight category face an increased liver cancer risk of 30% and those having obesity of 60%.

The recent AICR Energy Balance and Body Fatness Report presented strong evidence for factors that can reduce risk of having weight gain, overweight and obesity, including walking, aerobic physical activity, food containing fiber and a “Mediterranean-type” diets rich in fruits and vegetables that reduce the risk of weight gain, overweight and obesity. Conversely, sugar-sweetened drinks, fast foods and a “Western type” diet rich in meats and energy-dense proteins are strongly linked to increased weight gain, overweight and obesity.

The Report also points to the evidence that greater screen time is a cause of weight gain, overweight and obesity in children. This is particularly relevant in light of the Lancet study that discussed the onset of cancer at an early age, since children with overweight and obesity are likely to turn into young adults in a similar status. There is enormous opportunity to prevent future cancer cases, if changes can be made to stop and reverse the current trend of increasing overweight and obesity. In addition to helping individuals learn about healthy lifestyle choices, community and national policies play a crucial role in creating living spaces more conducive to physical activity and healthier food choices.

AICR is urging Congress and federal agencies to improve funding for cancer prevention research, ensure that federal nutrition and physical activity guidelines reflect the latest research regarding cancer risk, improve nutrition labeling and improve access to lifestyle interventions.

Fitness Advice for New Year’s Resolutions

At the beginning of every year, gyms across the country are buzzing with new members who have made resolutions to lose weight, get back in shape or live a more active lifestyle. However, as the weeks go by, it can be challenging for some to stick to those resolutions. Steve Ball, professor at the University of Missouri and one of the nation’s leading experts on fitness and exercise, says that for resolutions to stick, people need to focus not only on outcome goals, but also goals related to the process of being physically active. You can read more about Dr. Ball’s advice here.

Dr. Ball also has comments on new federal guidelines for physical activity, which suggest that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, and any amount of time spent doing physical activity now counts toward the goal of active minutes. Prior guidelines had called for at least 10 minutes of activity for it to count.

There are video and audio resources available for broadcast-quality download here. The video features Donna Fox, who has recently made changes to lead a more active lifestyle and considers herself a “gym rat” now after never setting foot in a gym while growing up in the Caribbean.

As January winds down and the thrill of New Year’s resolutions wears off, Dr. Ball’s expertise in fitness and physical activity can be used as encouragement to stay on track with New Year’s fitness resolutions.

Labor Day Weekend Healthy Treats

Fudgy Avocado Brownies

Fudgy Avocado Brownies are a delicious and simple treat that’s loaded with healthy fat to keep you full and help you to fight off cravings for the day.

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 1 medium ripe avocado, mashed

• ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted

• 1 large egg, lightly beaten

• ½ cup pure maple syrup

• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

• ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

• ¼ cup gluten-free flour

• ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside.

3 Combine avocado, oil, egg, maple syrup, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.

4 Combine cocoa powder, salt, and flour in a medium bowl; mix well.

5 Add cocoa powder mixture to avocado mixture; mix well.

6 Add chocolate chips; mix until blended.

7 Pour batter into prepared pan; spread to make even.

8 Bake for 33 to 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

9 Cool for an hour before removing from pan. Cut into sixteen squares.

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Berries and Bananas

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Berries and Bananas are the scrumptious red, white, and blue festive treat to satisfy your guests on Labor Day Weekend without sabotaging your nutrition goals.

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 2 large eggs lightly beaten

• 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

• 2 large bananas mashed

• 1 Tbsp. raw honey

• 2½ cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats

• 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

• 1½ tsp. baking powder

• 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk

• 2 cups fresh blueberries (or raspberries)

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350° F.

2 Prepare twelve muffin cups by coating with spray. Set aside.

3 Combine eggs, extract, bananas, and honey in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.

4 Combine oats, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium bowl; mix well.

5 Add oat mixture to egg mixture; mix well.

6 Add almond milk; mix well.

7 Divide oat mixture evenly between prepared muffin cups.

8 Top evenly with blueberries.

9 Bake 26 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Simple Secrets For Boosting Your Health

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy because of how busy you are and all the responsibilities you have on your plate. The good news is there are simple secrets on how to boost your health and happiness starting today.

Commit to the following activities, and you’ll quickly notice how much more relaxed and joyful you become. You have to be willing to change a few of your habits if you’re going to be successful at altering the way you live. It’s worth at least giving these ideas a try, especially if you haven’t had much luck improving your behaviors in the past.

Set Daily Wellness Goals

Step back to the drawing board and come up with a list of goals you can tackle daily that will help keep you on track. For example, promise yourself you’re going to exercise, cook healthy meals and go to bed at a decent hour and then put forth an extra effort to make sure you’re meeting your daily objectives. Review the list each morning when you get up, so your mind is focused and prepared to tackle the tasks you set out to complete.

Follow Your Passions

Another simple secret for boosting your health is to make it a point to follow your passions and eliminate anything that’s making you unhappy. For example, maybe you’ve always wanted to own real estate, but haven’t been able to make this dream a reality. While now with roofstock returns you can purchase property online and seamlessly collect passive income. This is your chance to become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be without any additional hassle such as having to vet your own property.

Connect with Others

Spending time with people who put a smile on your face will instantly boost your health and make you feel more alive. Use your free time to connect with others and engage in interesting conversations and fun activities. It’s important to not only have moments to yourself each day but to also be social and block off time in your schedule to mingle with friends and family. It’ll feel good to get whatever’s on your mind out in the open and laugh with people who you enjoy being around.

Focus on the Positives

Boost your health today by starting to focus more on the positives and being grateful for another day. Stop allowing your brain to see the negative side of a situation and begin to fully embrace all that’s going right in your life. You’ll be a lot happier person overall when you don’t let small obstacles set you back from reaching your goals. Sit down and make a list of all of your blessings and review it regularly to help train your mind to be more positive.

Conclusion

Immediately boost your health using these simple secrets to change your life for the better. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at the uplifting outcomes you experience from doing so. Stay optimistic in your journey to discovering a more peaceful and relaxed existence and continue to do more of what’s working for you.