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April 1, 2015

Nutrition and Cancer Risk: Guidance from the Experts

We all know Western Growers members grow the best medicine in the world.  Embarking on the second year of our partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Western Growers is spreading the word that a nutritious diet, including the healthful choices such as the fruits, vegetables and nuts our members grow, pack and ship, along with maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise, can help reduce risk for certain types of cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, research shows the following:

•  Only tobacco use is a bigger risk factor for getting cancer than obesity, lack of physical activity and poor diet.

•  More than 500,000 people will die of cancer in the United States this year.  One third of those deaths will be due to poor diet, lack of physical activity and obesity or being overweight.

•  Diets high in vegetables and fruits can help reduce the risk of at least seven types of cancer, including lung, mouth, stomach and colorectal cancers.

To lower your risk of cancer, ACS recommends everyone:

•  Reach and keep a healthy weight.

•  Choose to be physically active.

  Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, or a similar balance.  It’s best to spread that out through the week.

•  Eat well, focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes.

•  Limit processed and red meats, as well as portion sizes of high-calorie food and drink.

•  If you drink alcohol, aim for no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.

For more information about Western Growers’ partnership with the American Cancer Society, contact Western Growers Vice President of Marketing Paula Olson at 949.885.2249 or [email protected].