MAKE EVERY BITE COUNT WITH THE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS
START WITH THE FOUR GUIDELINES
- Follow a healthy dietary pattern at every life stage.
- Customize and enjoy nutrient-dense food and beverage choices to reflect personal preferences, cultural traditions, and budgetary considerations.
- Focus on meeting food group needs with nutrient-dense foods and beverages and stay within calorie limits.
- Limit foods and beverages higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and limit alcoholic beverages.
For additional information on how nutrition impacts your health, download our flyer here.
| March 12, 2021 |
SPRING INTO HEALTH
Now is the time to set yourself up for a great spring and a fun and healthy summer. The days are getting longer and hopefully we are seeing life get a little bit back to normal in the coming months.
Proper sleep habits. Strive for 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Developing a nighttime routine can help promote healthy sleep and can give you extra energy during the day.
Exercise outside. Spring is a great time all over the country to get outside for some exercise. Go for a walk or hike, play basketball or get a jump start on gardening and landscaping projects. All activity counts!
Safety first. Springtime is a perfect time for spring cleaning and a safety check. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change the filters in heating and cooling systems to help keep the air you breathe clean.
Be sun safe. As we spend more time outdoors, be sure even on a mild day to wear at least 15 SPF to protect your skin along with sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and face.
Strengthen your mind. Practice mindfulness throughout your day or meditate for 5 minutes a day whenever possible. Do activities that stimulate and challenge your mind and allow you to think critically and creatively.
Reconnect with friends and family. Warmer weather brings safer conditions to catch up with friends and family we haven’t seen in the winter months. Research shows strong relationships benefit your overall health, happiness and quality of life.
| March 1, 2021 |
COLORECTAL CANCER RESOURCES
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colon cancer, know you are not alone. The resources below can assist you in finding peer support, survivor stories, financial support and ways to give back.
The Alliance’s National Conference connects colorectal cancer patients and survivors with each other and with the opportunity to hear from and engage with experts. All are invited, including newly diagnosed patients, long term survivors, caregivers, family members, advocates and healthcare professionals.
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance provides financial support for screening or treatment-related expenses.
A Blue Star Tribute is a unique, personalized fundraising webpage hosted on the Colorectal Cancer Alliance website. Tribute pages are easy to set up and entirely customizable with your own message, photos and individual URL. Our team is here to help you with any technical needs as well as fundraising strategy support.
Peer-to-peer support program connects you with vetted buddies who have walked in your shoes. We match according to stage, diagnosis, and age.
Learn which clinical trials are right for you and be paired with new studies based on your individual medical situation. Clinical trials can be for prevention, screening, diagnostic, treatment, and supportive care. If needed, one of our Patient and Family Support Navigators can help guide you through the process by calling the Helpline.
Helpline (877) 422-2030
Patient and Family Support Navigators offer connection to information and resources as well as provide support to anyone affected by colorectal cancer.
Helpline hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm ET; a bilingual navigator is available.
The Never Too Young Program and advisory board works to educate the public about the growing issue of young-onset colorectal cancer and reduce the number of people impacted.