If I told you that there were 10 diet and lifestyle recommendations you could follow to reduce your risk of developing cancer and improve chances of cancer survivorship, would you follow them? What if I told you that these same recommendations will also help reduce your risk of developing other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and, ultimately, heart disease? If you said yes (or even maybe!)—you are in the right place!
As we continue to learn more about maximizing the nutrition in the foods we eat for optimal health, we find that, for the most part, the components of a healthy eating pattern are really very consistent. Even further—they are, in most cases, fairly intuitive. However, recommendations are only as impactful as our ability to consistently implement them in our lives. And, this is often where we struggle and need a little extra support.
So, this year, as National Cancer Prevention Month gets up and running, we are teaming up with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) to highlight the latest and greatest in science-based recommendations on cancer prevention, along with tools to help you act – throughout February and beyond!
The first step is to learn about and implement the Healthy10 to reduce your risk of developing cancer, nourish your body during cancer treatment, and/or prevent cancer recurrence. What are the Healthy10? Ten diet and lifestyle steps we can all do in our own personalized ways. They are:
While many of these recommendations are very straightforward, others may generate more questions. The following are additional nuances to these recommendations, based on questions posed by our patients:
Want help narrowing down what behavior(s) to focus on? Take the Cancer Health Check! This short quiz will help you evaluate where you are already making progress toward recommendations and where you may need a helping hand.
Crave structure, community, and creativity when it comes to making diet and lifestyle changes? Look no further than the Healthy10 Challenge! It’s a free, online, engaging, and inspirational and will take you through the 10 steps in 10 weeks!
Are you a patient at Virginia Cancer Specialists? Contact our Scheduling Team at 703-208-3155 to meet with one of our registered dietitian nutritionists today!