New Diet and Exercise Guidelines from the American Cancer Society

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Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States?

It is important to know that the choices we make every day can have a big impact on how we feel and our overall health. The American Cancer Society says that about 18% of all cancers in the U.S. are connected to the way we live.

The good news is, you can lower your risk for cancer by seeing your doctor regularly and making positive choices. Here are some tips to help you feel better and create habits for a long and healthy life:

1. Eat Healthy

Choose a diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Limit fast food and sugary snacks. Pick lean protein like fish or chicken. Drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks.

2. Don’t Use Tobacco

Smoking is linked to many types of cancer. Even being near secondhand smoke can increase the risk of lung cancer. Vaping or e-cigarettes are just as harmful.

3. Limit Alcohol Use

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of different cancers. It’s best to limit or avoid alcohol altogether.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Your doctor can tell you if your weight is healthy for your age. Losing even a few pounds can be good for your health.

5. Get Active

Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day. Simple things like taking the stairs, walking around your neighborhood, or having a dance break in your living room can help.

By following these tips, you can lower your lifetime risk of getting cancer. These healthy habits also lower the risk of other diseases like diabetes and heart problems. If you have questions or need more ideas, talk to your Vivent Health care team for support! We are here for you.