Learn About Cancer, Men's Health, Stay Well, Women's Health

Happy New Year! Focus on staying well

More than 40% of American adults make New Year’s resolutions, and almost half of them keep their resolutions for at least six months. Here are some tips and tools for making those resolutions and sticking to them.

Eat better
• Eat a little less by avoiding oversized portions. For example, the amount of meat recommended as part of a healthy meal is about 3 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards.

Eat Better
Eat Better
• Eat a little healthier by adding more vegetables, fruits, and fiber to your meals and leaving out some of the sugar, fat, and calories.
• Be specific about your exercise goal. For example, instead of resolving to just get more, make a plan to walk 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Quit smoking
• Ask the American Cancer Society to help you quit smoking. Research shows that getting help increases your chances of success. Visit cancer.org/quitsmoking or call us at 1-800-227-2345 and we’ll help you get started.

Learn more about adopting and keeping healthy habits at cancer.org/healthy

Men's Health, Stay Well, Women's Health

You have the power to help finish the fight against colon cancer

Colon Cancer Awareness MonthColon cancer is not the easiest topic to discuss, or bring up. That’s one reason why, during National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society wants to share some of the basic facts and latest good news about this preventable, treatable, and beatable disease.

  • Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in the US, as well as the third leading cause of death for men and women.
  • Colon cancer (formally known as colorectal cancer) almost always starts with a polyp – a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum.
  • Colon cancer can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous and is highly treatable when found in its early stages.

Colon cancer is one of only two cancers that can actually be prevented through screening (cervical cancer is the other). About half of all colon cancer deaths in the US could be prevented each year if everyone age 50 and older got screened for the disease. The American Cancer Society recommends everyone age 50 or older talk to their doctor about getting tested and about which test is right for them, even if there is no family history of the disease. Yet even if you’re several decades away from turning 50, it’s not too early to talk to your family about any relatives who have had colon cancer, because you may need to start getting tested earlier.

Since colon cancer nearly always begins with a polyp, getting tested is crucial. In addition to getting tested, you can take a few simple steps to help stay well and reduce your risk of colon cancer. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle by:

  • Getting active: With regular physical activity most days of the week
  • Eating right: Choosing vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; limiting red and processed meat, including pork and lunch meats; and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women
  • Kicking the habit: Quitting or avoiding smoking and other tobacco products

Today, more Americans are surviving colon cancer than ever before. To learn more about how to reduce your risk or find colon cancer early, call your American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/colon.


Stay Well

Eat A Rainbow Cooking Demonstrations Are Back!

Eating a healthy diet can help you stay well and reduce your risk of colon cancer and other cancers.  The American Cancer Society, in partnership with healthcare systems and nutritionists on Oahu, is pleased to present free Eat A Rainbow cooking demonstrations to the public during the month of March, which is Colon Cancer Awareness month.  Learn to cook a rainbow of of colorful vegetables and fruits, and eat your way to good health.  Get started today and learn some healthy recipes!

Colon cancer can actually be prevented through screening. Polyps can be removed before they turn cancerous. Screening can also improve survival chances dramatically – colon cancer’s survival rate is 90 percent when found early.

Eat A Rainbow

Eat A Rainbow — FREE Cooking Demonstrations
*Open to the Public. Space is Limited*

Kuakini Health System
Thursday, March 22, 2012 — 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.
To register, call 547-9252
*deadline to register is Friday, March 16
Kuakini Eat A Rainbow flyer:  EatARainbow Kuakini 2012
Recipe:  Kale Salad with Orange Miso Dressing  Kale Salad with Orange Miso
Recipe:  Wheat Berry Salad  Wheat Berry Salad

Kapi`olani Women’s Center
Friday, March 23, 2012 — 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To register, call 527-2588
Kapi’olani Eat A Rainbow flyer:  EatARainbow Kapiolani 2012
Recipe:  Veggie Confetti Over Pasta  Veggie Confetti Over Pasta
Recipe:  Tutti-Frutti Slices  Tutti Frutti Slices

Pali Momi Medical Center
Thursday, March 29, 2012 — 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
To register, call Midgie Taira at 485-4303
Pali Momi Eat A Rainbow flyer:  EatARainbow PaliMomi 2012
Recipes:  TBA

MAUI — Simply Healthy Cafe at Cameron Center
Friday, March 2, 2012
Recipes:  Creamy Lilikoi Vinaigrette, Vegetable Napoleon, Chocolate Banana Pie  Eat A Rainbow Recipe Maui