FDA Revamps Rules for Nutrition Labels on Food
The Food and Drug Administration has finalized its new food labels that will help Americans make more informed food decisions.
How to Read Food Labels
The FDA requires that food companies provide certain information in Nutrition Facts labels – those labels printed on food packages. We explain what they mean.
How to Have a Happy, Healthy Summer
Summertime means longer days, sunshine, picnics, barbecues, and kids out of school. Here’s how to make the most of your summer and stay healthy, too.
Report Links Alcohol, Processed Meats, and Excess Weight to Stomach Cancer
A report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund links an increased risk for stomach cancer with drinking alcohol, eating processed meats, and being overweight.
Don’t Just Sit There!
Evidence is growing that sitting time, no matter how much exercise you get when you aren’t sitting, increases the likelihood of developing cancer, especially for women.
Can Chocolate Be Good For You?
It’s been reported in the media for years that eating chocolate is heart-healthy, helps prevent cancer, and is a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. But is that really true?
Squeeze in Exercise at Home
Commuting to and from the gym takes time, and membership can be expensive. If a health club isn’t in your budget and time is short, try these tips for exercising at home.
New Dietary Guidelines Call for Less Sugar, Less Meat
The federal government has just issued new dietary guidlines which include a call to drastically cut back on added sugar and evidence that teen boys and men eat too much meat.
New Year, New Exercise
It’s a new year, and maybe you’ve resolved to start an exercise program. If so, make sure you start off on the right foot with these helpful tips.
Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
Some of the most common New Year's resolutions – to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking – are healthy habits that can help you lower your cancer risk and benefit you for the rest of your life.
3 Quick Tips for Dining Out
You may find yourself eating out more often than usual this time of year. That can make it tough for even the most disciplined among us to eat only – or mostly – healthy foods.
What to Bring to a Potluck
With all the parties and festivities this time of year, there is bound to be at least one potluck, where you are expected to come bearing a dish to share.
Six Plan-ahead Tips to Party Smarter
Sticking to your healthy eating goals can be a lot harder this time of year. But with a little planning, you can enjoy every minute of this season’s parties without going overboard on fat, calories, or sweets.
World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer.
Exercise Can Improve Breast Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life
Research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during and after breast cancer treatment, but that it also can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Five Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control.
US Surgeon General Issues Call to Action to Promote Walking
The US Surgeon General today issued a call to action to encourage people to make walking a priority in their lives and to motivate community leaders to make living and working spaces more walkable.
Yo-Yo Dieting Not Linked to Cancer
Researchers at the American Cancer Society have found that weight cycling, also known as yo-yo dieting, is not likely to increase the risk of getting cancer.
Stock a Healthy Kitchen
Our busy, modern, 21st century lives can make it hard to find the time to make quick, healthy, and delicious meals. But with a little planning, you can keep easy-to-prepare ingredients on hand that will help you make smart eating choices even when time is short.
Sitting Too Much Increases Cancer Risk in Women
Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that women who spend 6 hours or more of free time sitting per day have a 10% greater risk of getting cancer than women who spend less than 3 hours of free time sitting per day.
Putting Health on the Guest List at Family Reunions
Whether it’s your first family reunion or your 50th, getting the whole family together is likely to involve food, activities, and lots and lots of family stories.
Plan an Active Vacation
Getting away from it all on a summer vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle.
How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Have you ever said “no thanks” to a tempting dessert or eaten only salad for lunch because you were trying to cut back? If so, you’re among many women who try every day to protect their health by eating right.
Obesity Linked to Prostate Cancer in Black Men
A study by researchers in Seattle and their colleagues has found that obesity is linked to a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer in black men.
Study Shows Walking an Hour a Day Achieves Greatest Longevity Benefit
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and others have found that getting 3 to 5 times the amount of recommended leisure-time physical activity results in the greatest benefit in terms of a longer life.
ACS Report: More Work Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk in the U.S.
A new report from the American Cancer Society says much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by a more coordinated effort to change individual health behaviors.
Couples More Likely to Make Healthy Changes Together
A new study suggests what you may have known in your heart all along: It’s easier to make healthy changes such as quitting smoking, getting more exercise, and losing weight if your significant other changes too.
Foundation Urges Responsible Food Marketing to Kids
A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommends new, stricter guidelines for the way companies advertise fast food, sugary cereals, sugar-sweetened beverages, and other unhealthy food to children and teens. Read more here.
6 Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk
Cancer is often unpredictable, but there are things everyone can do to help reduce their cancer risk or improve their chances of beating the disease if they do get it.
Study: Following American Cancer Society Guidelines Works
A study of nearly a half-million people has found that sticking to the American Cancer Society’s healthy behavior guidelines is linked with a lower risk of getting cancer, dying from cancer, and dying overall.
Cheers for a Healthier Year
Here’s to you! Resolve to have a healthier 2015 and possibly even a longer life by making health-related New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them.
Healthy Baking Is as Easy as Pie
The holidays can be a tough time to stick to healthy eating goals. But if your traditions involve baking, a few simple ingredient changes can help you cut some of the sugar, fat, and calories – without sacrificing the taste. This year, make some new baking traditions by adapting your family recipes with these tips.
When choosing gifts for family and friends this holiday, consider items that support their healthy fitness and eating goals.
Weight Linked to Nearly 500,000 Cancers Worldwide
An international team of researchers estimates that 481,000 new cancer cases each year (3.6%) are likely caused by overweight or obesity, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher.
Get Moving to Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Engaging in regular exercise is good for you for many reasons, and one of them is to lower your risk of getting breast cancer.
How Your Weight Affects Your Risk of Breast Cancer
For women, being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer .
For Breast Cancer Survivors, Life is Better With Yoga
For women with breast cancer, research shows those who practice yoga have less stress and fatigue, and better quality of life.
American Cancer Society Cookbook Features Latin Flavor
Add some pizzazz to your cooking with the recipes in Maya’s Secrets, available in English and Spanish (Los Secretos de Maya) from the American Cancer Society.
CDC: Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Death From Top 5 Causes
Lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier could significantly reduce deaths in the United States, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
FDA Proposes Improvements to Nutrition Labels on Food
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes to the Nutrition Facts labels that are stamped on most packaged foods.
Start a Healthy Holiday Tradition: Cooking with Kids
Holiday time is an opportunity to bring kids into the kitchen and introduce a conversation about cooking, eating, and healthy food choices.
Everyday Ways to Boost Your Health After Breast Cancer
Many breast cancer survivors want to know what they can do to help improve their health after facing the disease. The good news is, there are a host of everyday habits that can help you stay healthier, feel better, and even reduce your risk for having cancer again in the future.
Study Links Walking to Lower Breast Cancer Risk
Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that walking at least 7 hours per week is associated with a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. This finding is consistent with many other studies that show regular exercise can help women lower their risk of breast cancer.
Living with Prostate Cancer
If you’re living with prostate cancer, you may be able to live longer and healthier by making some changes to your eating and exercise routine.
Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
People who most closely follow healthy eating guidelines may have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer , according to a new study. Read about it here.
Share Healthy Habits at Your Next Family Reunion
If you’re planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.
A Backyard Chef's Guide to Healthier Grilling
Getting your family and friends together for a barbeque is one of the perks of the season, but backyard chefs should beware: some research suggests that cooking meats at very high temperatures creates chemicals (heterocyclic amines, or HAs) that might increase cancer risk.
Eat Right and Stay Active While Traveling
December brings travel plans for many of us – whether we’re visiting family this season or vacationing. But you don’t have to take a vacation from eating right and exercising.
Exercise Can Help Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life
A lifestyle that includes physical activity can be beneficial for just about everyone, no matter their age, and as experts now know, even if they have cancer.
Guidelines Address Diet, Exercise, and Weight Control for Cancer Survivors
New guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommend that people living with cancer maintain a healthy weight, get enough exercise, and eat a healthy diet.
Healthier School Meals on the Menu
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated its nutrition guidelines for school lunches and breakfasts.
New Guidelines: Eat Right and Stay Active to Help Lower Cancer Risk
The American Cancer Society has updated its guidelines for nutrition and physical activity to help you reduce your risk of cancer.
Be a Healthier Cancer Survivor
Now that you’re cancer-free, be sure you’re doing everything you can to safeguard your good health.