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Lessening Cancer Risks: Healthy Living, Preventive Measures, and Public Health Practice

ODPHP Director RADM Paul Reed, MD

At the heart of it, cancers are diseases caused by mutations in genes that ultimately fail to control the way our cells would normally function. Despite the complexity of factors and their interplay that lead to cancer, the evidence unequivocally suggests that there are measures that can be taken to reduce risk. When collectively addressed, these steps can help us to prevent many cancers. Within such a strategy, there are habits to avoid and habits to encourage.

Physical Activity: We All Can and Must Do More

ODPHP Director RADM Paul Reed, MD

Any discussion of health promotion or disease prevention strategies must reflect on the importance of physical activity. It is that elemental. Along with maintaining good nutrition and emotional health, incorporating regular physical activity can help to prevent multiple chronic diseases and improve the odds of better outcomes should you become ill from various conditions.

The Move Your Way® Campaign: Frequently Asked Questions

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ODPHP recently hosted Move Your Way® — The Physical Activity Guidelines in Action, a live informational webinar about the campaign. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the campaign and hear from select Move Your Way pilot communities about lessons learned from their campaign implementation...

#MoveInMay to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Since 1983, each President has proclaimed May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month to promote the importance of physical activity, physical fitness, and sports participation. Like his predecessors, President Biden issued a Presidential proclamation celebrating this annual event, observing that “Fitness and sports are not only good for our physical health, they also improve the quality of our lives overall...