(The following is a press release from the American Cancer Society. For more details, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.)
The New Year is a natural time to try for a new start and do things better. Some of the most common – to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking – are healthy habits that can help you lower your cancer risk and benefit you for the rest of your life. More than 40% of American adults make New Year's resolutions, and almost half of them keep their resolutions for at least 6 months. Here are some tips and tools for making those resolutions and sticking to them.
Quick Tips for Starting your New Year off right –
Exercise - Be specific about your exercise goal. For example, instead of resolving to just get more, make a plan to walk 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Think you don't have time to add any physical activity to your day? Try simple substitutions, such as using stairs rather than an elevator, walking to visit co-workers instead of sending an email, and using a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching TV. Studies show that getting even just 15 more minutes of exercise a day can help you live longer.
Eat better - Eat a little less by avoiding oversized portions. For example, the amount of meat recommended as part of a healthy meal is about 3 ounces, or the size of an iPhone. Eat a little healthier by adding more vegetables, fruits, and fiber to your meals and leaving out some of the sugar, fat, and calories.
Quit smoking - Ask the American Cancer Society to help you quit smoking. Research shows that getting help increases your chances of success. Visit cancer.org/quitsmoking or call us at 1-800-227-2345 and we'll help you get started. Quitting smoking is the most important action you can take to reduce your cancer risk. Half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up eventually dying from a smoking-related illness.
Each year, more than 572,000 Americans die of cancer; about one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight.