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

Afternoon tea recipes for the Wimbledon finals

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The Wimbledon finals are one of the highlights of summer.

The green courts, pristine whites and punnets of strawberries are some of the quintessential sights of the British summertime.

However, if you didn’t bag tickets for this weekend, or are still disappointed by Andy Murray’s early exit, there’s no need to despair – we’ve got some recipes for an elegant, healthier afternoon tea that will keep your spirits high even if you’re watching on TV.

 

These teatime treats will be great to feast on as the play heats up and at least you can console … Continue Reading

Summer drinks: Swap the sugar-loaded beverages for lighter alternatives

It’s summer – that blissful time of year when we spend hours outdoors, enjoying the sunshine with a cool, refreshing beverage in hand.

With so many different drinks on offer, it’s tempting to skip water and treat yourself to something more flavourful.

What many of us don’t realise is that what you choose to drink can have a big impact on your waistline. Many summer drinks come loaded with sugar and calories, and because they don’t tend to be filling or nutritious, they can cause weight gain – a risk factor for several cancers.

Our Health Information Assistant, Daria Crepostnaia, has come up … Continue Reading

Tesco takes sweets off the checkouts after customers demand healthy choices

Tesco takes sweets off the checkouts after customers demand healthy choices

We’re all familiar with the sight that greets us at many supermarket checkouts – rows of confectionary tempting us as we pay for our shopping.

For many of us, the temptation is too great and we often end up walking away with a sugary treat that we hadn’t considered buying beforehand.

So Tesco’s recent decision to remove sweets and chocolates from all of its checkouts by January 2015 is likely to have a healthy impact on customers.

Many of the more profitable foods and drinks on … Continue Reading

Move More Challenge – Making it easier for families to get active

WCRF's UK General Manager

WCRF’s UK General Manager

Many of us would complain that we don’t get enough time to spend with our families, let alone be active with them.

That’s why World Cancer Research Fund has launched the Move More Challenge – it’s a free, fun online tool that suggests simple ways for families to get active on a daily basis.

WCRF UK recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day for reduced cancer risk but, as both WCRF UK’s General Manager and a mum myself, I appreciate that it’s … Continue Reading

Are your food portions in proportion?

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Portion sizes of foods in the UK have spiralled “out of control” according to a new report.
The Portion Distortion report compared the portion sizes of 245 shop-bought foods with portion sizes of the same foods 20 years ago, and found that many had increased significantly.

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Managing our weight is a balancing act – eating more than we need to can contribute to weight gain, an important risk factor for … Continue Reading

Top 10 ways to make walking fun for the family

Top 10 ways to make walking fun for the family

It’s Cancer Prevention Week. On Monday we launched our new campaign to inspire you and your family to be more active with the Move More Challenge.

By signing up to the Move More Challenge, you’ll be given lots of ideas for ways to make physical activity simple and fun for your family. As well as activity ideas, you’ll also have the option to receive a free wallchart and stickers.

Physical activity is not only a great way to … Continue Reading

Designer donates profits to cancer prevention in memory of friend

Designer donates profits to cancer prevention in memory of friend

Swimwear design company Orlebar Brown is donating a chunk of their profits to World Cancer Research Fund in memory of a photographer friend who passed away from cancer aged just 32.

Orlebar Brown have decided to celebrate the life of their friend, Yuko Hagiwara, with a limited collection of shorts – and were drawn to World Cancer Research Fund because of the charity’s recommendations to live healthily and well.

The designers will generously donate 25 per cent of the … Continue Reading

Bowel cancer: the most preventable common cancer

Bowel cancer: the most preventable common cancer

Bowel cancer is the UK’s third most prevalent form of cancer and the second biggest killer. Its discovery is sometimes a cause for embarrassment, which partially explains the high number of cases that are not identified until the disease is at an advanced stage. But aside from looking for symptoms of bowel cancer in the toilet bowl, there is a lot we can all do to protect ourselves from this form of cancer.

This is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the great news is that … Continue Reading

Creating less waste: good for your waist and your wallet

Creating less waste can be good for your waist and your wallet

Ask yourself this: would you throw away £200 every year? No, I thought not! But this is what we’re all doing according to a recent report from recycling consultants Wrap.

Despite more than half of us claiming not to waste food, the reality is that 4.2 million tonnes of good food – enough to fill Wembley stadium five times over – gets thrown away every year in Britain.

The good news is that, as well as helping the environment … Continue Reading

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