Will you commit to May-ke a change?
This month is your opportunity to May-ke a change—whether big or small—to improve your health and wellbeing, all while helping to reduce your cancer risk.
Whether you choose to May-ke a small or large change to your diet or exercise routine, there are many ways to make healthy choices to lower your risk of cancer.
Let’s take a look.
May-ke a change to your diet
Fuelling our bodies with nutritious foods helps to lower our risk of cancer, maintain a healthy weight and reduce our risk of other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Good nutrition is also one aspect of self-care, because we are May-king a commitment to look after ourselves properly.
I want to May-ke a quick and simple change:
- Keep a water bottle handy to stay hydrated. Set reminders to take a drink every so often.
- Fight off the afternoon munchies by preparing chopped vegetables and fruit as a snack.
- Add a side of steamed veggies or salad to lunch and tea to get an extra serve of vegetables in.
- Give one (or more) of our dietitian-approved recipes a go.
- Reduce your alcohol intake using the tips in our alcohol blog.
- Make some simple high-fibre swaps in your next grocery shop.
I’m feeling confident to May-ke a bigger change:
- Check out our ‘Tips to eat more vegetables and cut your cancer risk’ blog.
- Give our five-day high fibre meal plan a go! It includes a shopping list for two people.
- Need some healthy lunch box inspiration? Check out our healthy lunch box formula (suitable for kids and adults).
May-ke a commitment to get moving!
It’s time to May-ke physical activity our first choice! It makes us feel great by improving mood, increasing energy levels, reducing risk of cancer, and reducing the risk of other illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
I want to May-ke a quick and simple physical change:
- Put on your walking shoes and go for a morning, lunch time or evening stroll.
- Take the stairs instead of the lift.
- If you have a lot of meetings, make one of them a walking meeting.
- Set an hourly timer on your phone to remind you to get up and stretch.
- Park further away from school, childcare or kindy and walk the last few hundred metres once or twice a week. You might find it easier to get a park and it will ease congestion. Plus, the kids will arrive invigorated and ready to learn. Check out these tips from Way2go for more information.
I’m feeling confident to May-ke a bigger physical change:
- Join a local sporting club, fitness group or gym.
- Ride your bike to work a couple of days a week. Plan your journey using the Cycle instead journey planner.
- Get outdoors and get active on the weekends or after work using these resources and websites to find somewhere to go. Make sure you are properly prepared and follow the directions of local authorities.
o Nature Play SA – fun and active things to do as a family outdoors in your backyard, local playgrounds, reserves, rivers, beaches and parks.
o Trails SA – includes walking, riding, horse riding, scuba diving and paddling locations.
o Walking SA –list of walking trails around SA, including a list of pram and wheelchair accessible walks.
o National Parks SA – find a National Park to explore for walking, camping, mountain bike riding and more!
Find out more here about how making a change this May can help cut your cancer risk.
Want to take it a step further by committing to May-ke a change AND support a future free from cancer? Why not set yourself a change challenge and raise funds for people affected by cancer with Do It For Cancer.