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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let's Live Healthier!


       February is National Cancer Prevention Month so this is the perfect time to spread the word and knowledge of cancer prevention.  It is our goal here at We Care Arts to contribute to the health of every individual we serve plus people throughout the community in the best way we can.  We know that the clients, volunteers, and staff here along with people we network with might be fighting cancer or working to prevent cancer.  So we wanted to share some of the important ways to best improve your health.
Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
1. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer?

That’s what AICR’s groundbreaking expert report concluded. The report also found a convincing scientific link between red and processed meats and colon cancer, so it’s a good idea to limit red meat to 18 ounces of lean cuts per week and avoid processed meats like ham, hot dogs, sausage and bacon

2.     Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

Being physically active for at total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving – will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well.

3.     Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

It’s the third key element that will help protect against chronic disease. In fact, carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer.

Information found at: http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?id=14377

We also want to let you know about our amazing program we started last year called Art on a Cart. Once a week our instructor, George, goes to the Premier Health Miami Valley South’s cancer unit for Art on a Cart. He goes into the unit with art supplies on a rolling cart and offers the patients the opportunity to do some artwork while they are getting their chemo treatment. They can do things like making bracelets or printing watercolor landscapes, and many other projects! We have found that the act of creating art is a wonderful distraction from the difficult situation the patient is facing. Often the friend or family member sitting with the patient also does a project. It gives them something fun to do to make the time seem to move a bit faster. It makes our day a million times better knowing that we can help people have a positive experience while going through chemo treatments.

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