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July at a Glance

Focused on Health - July 2011

Busy? Don’t worry: you can get the low-down on digital health tools without missing out on summer relaxation. Below, we highlight our favorite byte-sized tips from this month’s issue.

Serve Up Healthier Food with MyPlate 

  • Want to curb your cancer risk? Following the government’s new food icon, MyPlate, can help. That’s because MyPlate focuses on filling most of your plate with cancer-fighting plant foods, like vegetables, fruits and grains
  • Not sure how to make MyPlate work for you? Try the USDA’s free online tool, Daily Food Plan, to find out how many servings of fruits, veggies, protein, grains and dairy you need, based on your age, weight and height.

Get the skinny on MyPlate.

How to Choose a Better Health App

  • Set realistic expectations. Think of health apps as tools to complement what you’re doing offline. Figure out what you need to do to achieve your health goals. Then, determine how an app can and can’t help.
  • Research the developers. Many health app developers don’t conduct studies to see if users will adopt real, lasting change. So, research the app’s developers beforehand to see if they consulted with a health organization.
  • Choose apps that use techniques you’ve heard of. Does an app take an unusual approach to improving users’ health? Say, using hypnosis to quit smoking? That may be a red flag. Play it safe and stick with apps that use well-known strategies.

Learn how to separate the good apps from the bad.

Mobile and Web Apps to Prevent Cancer

Use these digital tools to lead a healthier life.

Use Risk Check, Improve Your Doctor Visit

  • Want to get more out of your next doctor’s appointment? Use Cancer Risk Check, our online, interactive tool, to start a more meaningful conversation about your health.
  • Got questions after reading your results? Write them down and discuss them — along with your Risk Check results —with your doc.
  • Not sure if a relative’s cancer history puts you at risk? Risk Check can tell you what information to gather from close relatives to help your doctor decide if you’re more likely to develop cancer.

Learn how to get more from your next appointment with Risk Check.

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