June 22, 2011
By Thomas J. Glynn, PhD
OK, admit it - you have no idea what current cigarette packs in the U.S. have to say about the dangers of tobacco use. I've been working in this field for nearly 30 years and I'm not really sure, either. And we're not alone - very few of us remember that they say things like "Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health" in very tiny letters and are virtually hidden on one side of the pack. More...
June 09, 2011
By Kevin D. Stein, PhD
National Cancer Survivor's Day was this past Sunday (June 5). What better time to share some of the many tips cancer survivors say they've used to improve their quality of life and empower themselves during and after their fight against cancer.
There are nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States. "Survivor" can have different meanings to people with cancer. Some people use the word to refer to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. For example, someone living with cancer may be considered a survivor. Some people use the term when referring to someone who has completed cancer treatment. And still others call a person a survivor if he or she has lived several years past a cancer diagnosis. The American Cancer Society believes that each individual has the right to define his or her own experience with cancer and considers a cancer survivor to be anyone who defines himself or herself this way, from the time of diagnosis throughout the balance of his or her life.
But no matter where someone is in their cancer experience, the following tips may empower survivors and improve their quality of life. More...
June 02, 2011
By Colleen Doyle, MS, RD
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a new graphic, a new icon designed to help make it easier for all of us to eat a healthier diet. Called "MyPlate," this icon replaces the Food Guide Pyramid that, in one form or another, has been around since 1992. And it is a huge improvement. Especially because we eat off plates, not pyramids. More...