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Web Site Makes Cancer Prevention Fun, Easy

CancerWise - May 2008

By Dawn Dorsey

As in any battle, your chances of preventing cancer are highest if you stave it off on a number of fronts. As a bonus, waging war against cancer also can help keep you healthy and free from other ailments.

The Great American Health Challenge, a project of the American Cancer Society, is a comprehensive plan to help people prevent cancer and get healthier by participating in a year-long, concerted effort that includes cancer screening, exercise, diet and quitting smoking.

The centerpiece of the project is a colorful, easy-to-navigate Web site with interactive tools to help you be the healthiest ever. The site is divided into four main categories. Each contains plenty of resources to help you make a plan and stick to it.


A quick and easy quiz tells you in about five minutes what cancer screening tests you need. The results provide a conversation-starter with your doctor. You’ll also find tools to help you spread the word about cancer prevention to your community and coworkers, family and friends. These include brochures and e-mail alerts.


Have more energy and feel better – while preventing cancer and other chronic illnesses. Patrick, your virtual trainer, makes learning about incorporating fitness into your lifestyle as easy as a video game. No matter your age or current fitness level, you’ll find simple ways to include activity in your daily routine.

Subscribe to weekly e-mail messages or read how to:

  • Raise healthier kids
  • Stay motivated
  • Make your community more fitness-friendly


Learn how to eat for optimum health and fitness and get ready for the Great American Eat Right Challenge in August.

This section features David, a friendly virtual dietitian, who speaks from his cozy kitchen.

Dietary topics include tips on:

  • Portion control
  • Making your favorite foods healthier
  • Eating healthier when eating out
  • Stocking your pantry with healthful food
  • Eating healthful snacks


No one is saying it's easy to stop the tobacco habit, but it is doable with effort and the tips and tools provided here. Even if you don’t smoke, you’ll find ways to help those who do. With a little work, you’ll be ready for the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15.

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