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Feb 17


Even though we are well into the New Year, it is still not too late to start your New Year’s resolutions. You have plenty of time to make 2012 a year of living healthy and happy. Here are a few steps you can take to get healthy and stay healthy!

  1. Protect yourself from the sun: While we are still enduring the chilly winter weather, this precaution may have slipped your mind. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and the most preventable. ALWAYS wear sunscreen in the summer, especially between 10a.m. and 4p.m. when the sun is the hottest!
  2. Add 30 minutes of exercise to your day: Whether you go for a walk around the park with your dog, or take a yoga class with a friend, adding exercise to your daily routine can help reduce your risk of cancer. Exercising helps to maintain a healthier weight which lowers your risk of cancers such as prostate, lung and kidney.  Physical activity alone may lower risks of breast and colon cancer.
  3. Eat your fruits and vegetables: We know you hear this all the time, but that’s because it’s true! Any doctor will tell you that by eating more fruits and veggies, and lowering your intake of red meat, salts, and sugary foods will help to reduce your risk.
  4. Early Detection: We are lucky to have technology that will detect cancer in its earliest stages.  Regular self-exams and screening can detect multiple types of cancer, increasing the success of treatment.  
  5. Cut back on alcohol: It is ok to drink in moderation, but consuming alcohol regularly in large amounts can increase your risk of cancer such as: breast, liver, colon, and kidney. While wine contains good antioxidants, you can find the same benefits in grapes as an alternative!  


Resources: Mayoclinic

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10. Even your gerbil needs a hula hoop.

9. Use one as an emergency car fan belt.

8. Stick in front of teeth and behind lips, make scary faces and frighten small children.

7. Use four wristbands to suspend yourself from the ceiling of exam rooms after the nurse has left, thus avoiding unpleasant procedures or just scaring the living hoo-ha out of your doctor.

6. Make trendy 80′s earrings.

5. Slap one on your drink at parties to avoid accidental “sharzies” germs.

4. Keep your pant leg up so you don’t get grease all over it while biking all over New England on the Next Step/Planet Cancer survivor adventure.

3. Diamond rings are so 20th century – try a LAF wristband for your engagement.

2. Shoot at other patients to incite saline bag fights.

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