Going the distance: Running a half marathon for cancer prevention

World Cancer Research Fund’s Health Promotion Manager Rachel Clark has decided to practise what she preaches by running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in central London in October. Read on to find out how she’s motivated herself and about her inventive ways to fundraise…

Rachel Clark is running a half marathon for cancer prevention

Rachel Clark is running a half marathon for cancer prevention

On October 12 I’ll be running my first ever half marathon for World Cancer Research Fund. I’ve set myself the challenge to complete the scenic Royal Parks … Continue Reading

Does red meat get the red light for health?

Burgers, steak and pulled pork are on trend amongst Britain’s foodies and this national meaty obsession hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media. In recent months, two of the BBC’s prime-time investigative documentary programmes – Food Inspectors and Horizon – put the magnifying glass over red meat, looking at what effect it is having on our health and the health of our planet. In case you didn’t tune in, here’s the lowdown…

Why is red meat hitting the headlines?


Very few specific foods have been categorically linked to cancer risk – either as a cause of cancer or reducing … Continue Reading

Helping nurses spread the cancer prevention message

At World Cancer Research Fund, we’re passionate about raising awareness of the ways that people can lower their cancer risk.

One of the best means of reaching the public with our cancer prevention message is through health professionals. Working with nurses, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, health trainers and others allows us to inform as many people as possible about how they can reduce their cancer risk through weight, diet and physical activity.

As part of this work, we exhibited at Nursing in Practice, one of the UK’s biggest annual conferences for primary care nurses, last week…. Continue Reading

Holiday health

Holiday health

It’s that time of year and many of us have been working hard to look and feel great in time for that long-awaited get-away.

Yet when the wait and the hard work is over you may find that the biggest threat to your slimmed-down waistline may turn out to be the holiday itself.

We’ve come up with a few helpful tips to enjoy your holiday and stay in shape. 

1. Planning is key

Plan your meals so you are not tempted by unhealthy food when you get hungry. For example, if you have a day of sight seeing … Continue Reading

Superfoods or a Superdiet?

Superfoods or a Superdiet?

If we were to believe the media reports we might think that there were certain individual foods that have the power to prevent all ills. The number of these so-called “superfoods” is on the rise; what started with blueberries is now a long list of expensive and exotic foods that are credited with health enhancing properties. Claims range from reducing cancer risk to enhancing memory and mood.

One day it may be wheatgrass and the next goji berries – but are these foods really all they are cracked up to be? Or are … Continue Reading

Healthy eating for children: Great Grub Club comes to London libraries

Healthy eating for children: Great Grub Club comes to London libraries

Over the summer, World Cancer Research Fund UK’s Great Grub Club has been visiting Hackney libraries to help children learn about healthy lifestyles.

Our education programme encourages children to eat healthily and be active through fun activities. The Great Grub Club worked with Hackney Council, in east London, to offer free, accessible sessions in local libraries for children and their parents.

Fruit salads, smoothies, fact sheets and recipe ideas were handed out at the various events throughout July and August to the delight of many … Continue Reading

Obesity and cancer risk: Guardian health editor and author Sarah Boseley on the serious impacts of being overweight

Sarah Boseley

Sarah Boseley is the Guardian’s award-winning health editor and author  of ‘The Shape We’re In: How junk food and diets are shortening our lives’. Here she writes about the dangers of obesity, and calls for more robust action to warn people of the impact of being overweight:

‘The tombstone adverts on mainstream national television of the mid-80s warning us of that Aids was a death sentence were unforgettable. The more recent anti-smoking adverts showing cigarettes metamorphosing into tumours were stomach-turning. Governments in the UK have successfully mounted powerful public health campaigns – … Continue Reading

Ditch the diet forever

Woman on scales

Staying in shape doesn’t have to mean going hungry, eating like a caveman or cutting out whole food groups…

At this time of year the media is full of quick fix diet solutions to achieve the ‘perfect beach body’. The trouble with these fad diets is that they are often lacking in vital nutrients and can easily trap you in a frustrating cycle of yo-yo dieting which is hard to break.

WCRF UK gives you the low-down on some of the most recent diet crazes and their potential pitfalls for health. Then, read our guide … Continue Reading

Easy cheats to improve your diet

Think eating more vegetables and fruits is a chore? It really doesn’t have to be. It’s easier than you think to give your diet a boost.

Plant foods are packed full of vitamins and minerals that help strengthen your immune system. Easing more into your diet and ditching the less healthy options can help you stay in shape and reduce your risk of cancer as well as other diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

These easy swaps and additions take mere seconds to include in your food, and could help improve your diet in the blink of an … Continue Reading

On your bike! The health benefits of cycling

As the iconic Tour de France bike race hurtled through Yorkshire, Cambridge, and London this week, millions of spectators cheered on the athletes who are trying to claim the coveted yellow jersey prize.

The route, which began in Leeds and covers 3,664 kilometres over 21 stages, is the world’s largest annual sporting event.

While only the fittest of people can endure such an arduous challenge the sport has certainly captured the UK’s interest, with fans camping out on the Yorkshire moors to watch the race.

It should come as no surprise that there’s been a surge of interest in the sport – cycling … Continue Reading

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