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Healthy lifestyle changes could cut cancer by a third – landmark report

Over a third of cancers in developed countries could be prevented if we all had healthier lifestyles, according to a report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.   This means eating healthier food and exercising more. Their 2007 report identified choices people can make to reduce their risk of cancer.   Their new report identifies opportunities that groups, including governments, schools and individuals, can take to make these healthy lifestyle choices easier. It makes recommendations for each group. Professor Jim Mann, a member of the report’s review panel says, “These recommendations are particularly relevant in New Zealand at a time when the new government is making decisions about policies relating to public health”.

Some of the recommendations in the policy report are:

  • Governments should use legislation, pricing, and other policies at all levels of government to promote healthy patterns of diet and physical activity
  • Schools should make food systems, food, nutrition, and regular physical activity essential parts of school life and learning
  • Industry should emphasise the priority given to public health including cancer prevention in strategic planning and action.  The report has  several recommendations for the food industry.  One is to collaborate in order to stop the advertising, promotion, and easy availability of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods to children.

Read the report’s recommendations

Read the report Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention

Read more: Press release, Otago University, 27 Feb 2009

Read more: Press release, FOE, 27 Feb 2009

Published on February 27, 2009 in International news