Throughout the year, there are various campaigns and events held in an effort to bring about awareness and promote change. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?
Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an educational and informational campaign designed to help promote the importance of making better food choices and developing good eating habits.
While you don’t need a health nutritionist or doctor to inform you of the importance of eating healthy and exercising regularly, not everyone takes into account the significance of healthy habits. It’s usually not until an illness, disease or other health problem arises that we begin to understand the impact a poor diet has on our body.
Did you know that poor diet and lack of physical activity are two prime factors that increase your chances of developing cancer? According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. And the majority of these cases are attributed to a poor diet and lack of physical activity.
How your weight plays a role in cancer risk
Being overweight causes your body to produce and circulate more estrogen and insulin, which stimulate cancer growth. It increases your chances of developing cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer and pancreas cancer, among others. Maintaining a healthy weight helps you to reduce your risk of not only cancer, but other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Why being physical active matters
While a good diet will certainly help you control your weight, it’s equally important that you exercise regularly. Doing so helps you avoid factors that contribute to the development of cancer such as obesity, inflammation and hormone levels, and insulin resistance, among others. In addition to exercising regularly, there are small changes you can make in your everyday life to help you be more active such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and doing common housework like gardening.
Good nutrition is important during cancer treatment
Following a good diet is not just important to help protect against cancer, but especially for those undergoing cancer treatment. Consuming the right foods and nutrients during and after treatment help you not only feel better but stay stronger.
Nutrition therapy is often used to help cancer patients receive the nutrition their body needs to stay at a good weight, keep body tissue healthy and fight against infections. Also, cancer patients who are well nourished may have a better chance of recovery and quality of life than others.
While cancer is a life-threatening illness, the good news is that you can do something about it. Join in the effort to raise awareness about cancer and the importance of healthy eating. Our cancer awareness ribbons are perfect to help bring about awareness and to show how you care.