We are blessed with a vacation home in a lovely golfing/retirement community in coastal North Carolina.   We spend as much of our vacation there as our schedules allow. I'm always struck by the stark differences between the older adults I find there and the elderly I see in my own community. In Southport, I am usually one of the youngest people in the gym whereas I am one of the oldest people in the gym in our hometown. As you drive through the St James community at the beach the residents are out walking and riding their bikes or you will find them playing IN the pools with their grandchildren not merely watching from the shade.  They are active, spry and quick to engage you in conversation.  It’s hard to consider these humans as even in the same species as some who I know that often tell me .... "I cant" or "I'm too old".  These older adults inspire me in the gym!  Of course, life has had a toll on them.  Some fight against their latest surgery, a chronic injury or a lasting illness. But there is no question THEY FIGHT.  I find it particular interesting that in the list below the top three can change your life!  It’s about a lifestyle change.

These ten recommendations for cancer prevention are drawn from the American Institute for Cancer Research, Second Expert Report. Each recommendation below links more details. You can use these links to skip to individual recommendation pages, or you can start with the first and follow links from page to page through the entire list.

1.      Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.

2.      Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.

3.      Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.

4.      Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.

5.      Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.

6.      If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.

7.      Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).

8.      Don't use supplements to protect against cancer.

9.      * It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.

10.  * After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.

One in two people may be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their lifetime*.  Age 40 is no longer old.  Reaching age 50 only means you are better than you were at 40! Being 60 means you are ready to roll! And as I plan to skate into my late 90’s I'll be at the end of the road to greet you when you make it across that finish line too.


by Cricket Haley, Firm Administrator