Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States with about 1,596,670 new cases diagnosed in 2011 alone. And a recent study published by the American Cancer Society reported that cancer accounts for nearly one in every four deaths in the U. S.
While there are some inevitable factors that contribute to the development of cancer such as genetics or environment, many types of cancer can be prevented by making simple lifestyle and diet changes.
So, here are some healthy lifestyle habits to share with your employees:
Maintaining a healthy weight and living an active lifestyle can help lower the risk of many types of cancer, including cancer of the prostate, colon, kidney, breast and lung. And walking for exercise dramatically increases cancer survival rates – by 50% in women with breast cancer and 50% in patients with prostate cancer.
However, you don’t need to spend hours and hours at the gym each day in order to reap the health benefits of physical activity―just 30 minutes of brisk walking at least five times a week can help you feel great and reduce your risk of cancer. Participating in a Walkingspree wellness program can offer you plenty of ways to improve your wellness and fitness levels, and increase your activity level while at work or running errands: taking the stairs to your office or parking in the back of the lot are just a couple add exercise into your daily routine.
It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy diet is good for your body, but it is also one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends including at least five servings of fruit and vegetables into your daily diet.
You can also reduce your risk of cancer by staying away from high-fat, processed meat such as hot dogs, bacon and pepperoni. Also, if you choose to drink alcohol, do it in moderation, as it can increase your risk of developing lung, kidney, colon and liver cancer.
By staying away from tobacco products (even second-hand smoke), you can significantly reduce your chances of developing cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 87% of lung cancer cases can be directly attributed to smoking. In addition to lung cancer, tobacco has also been linked to cancer of the bladder, cervix, kidney, pancreas and oral cavity.
There is never a better time than right now to begin a healthy lifestyle and prevent your chances of developing cancer. Contact Walkingspree today to learn about how our beneficial employer-sponsored wellness program can improve the health and wellness of your employees, while working to fight overall health care costs.