15 Mar National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Eating red meat and processed meat increases risk of colorectal cancer. Changing eating habits can be challenging, but there’s always an opportunity to take steps towards a healthier diet. Check out the recommendations from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) for cancer prevention to help you achieve your healthy eating and lifestyle goals!
Here are some suggestions for cancer prevention from AICR (each recommendation links to more details).
- Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. Limit sedentary habits.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.
- Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
- Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
- If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
- Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
Wendy Kaplan, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in oncology and the Nutrition Consultant/Educator for Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Foundation, a 501c3. Connect with Wendy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and read more of her blog posts at #WellnessWednesdaywithWendy