Each of the winners won a luxury fruit basket courtesy of Dole Fresh UK. Paydens Chemist are pictured above and you can see our two runners up pictures on our Facebook fan page.
We love finding out about what you did to Go Bananas on Fruity Friday. So let us know about your event by sending your stories & photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fruity Friday is our annual awareness and fundraising campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of a healthy diet for cancer prevention, and to raise valuable funds for our cancer research and education programmes.
If you missed the opportunity to take part this year, be sure to mark the 2011 Go Bananas date in your diary now – it will be taking place on Friday 13 May 2011.
I am still concerned, though, about the potential cumulative effect of headlines of the “Fat girls are ‘less likely’ to get cancer” variety.
Think about how you read a newspaper. Often you will just read the first few paragraphs before moving onto the next story. And if that is the case, context is not going to be much help if it is all in the second half of the article.
With this in mind, it’s possible that someone just scanning the paper would have come away with the impression that scientists are saying that being overweight can actually help reduce cancer risk, even though there is now very strong evidence that the opposite is the case.
This perception is perhaps not surprising considering all the apparently contradictory stories in the press. We read, for example, that being overweight both does and does not increase risk of cancer. Or that drinking wine is both good and bad for our cancer risk.
I’m not saying that any of these articles are inaccurate, but looking at the situation overall, there is concern that media coverage of cancer isn’t doing a good job of raising awareness of how people can reduce their cancer risk.
The problem, I think, is not so much that people immediately believe everything they read in newspapers. The real issue is that people end up not trusting any of it .
I really like this lovely idea. For any couples out there who are about to tie the knot, why not give your guests a meaningful keepsake with our unique charity wedding favours?
Ordering WCRF charity pin badges to use as wedding favours on your special day is a wonderful way to help WCRF prevent cancer.
By making a donation of £1.50 per guest you will receive a pin badge for each guest and complimentary table cards (15cm x 10.5cm, black font on white card) which explain to your guests how the money you have donated will help to fund vital cancer research and education programmes.
We can also create a personalised online celebration page, which you can use in place of a traditional gift list to ask guests for donations to WCRF in lieu of presents.
After a long day of tennis (or any physical activity for that matter), there is nothing quite as refreshing as fresh fruit. In the spirit of Wimbledon, we are featuring our strawberry, mint, and melon salad as our recipe of the week. Strawberries are a great source of vitamins C and B and contain potassium, iron, fibre and antioxidants. This year, instead of strawberries & cream and a glass of Pimms, why not try this easier-on-the-waist alternative?
Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes
5 A DAY: 2
Ingredients (serves 2)
¼ Cantaloupe melon, chopped into 2.5 cm/1” pieces
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
150ml/5fl oz orange juice
1. Place all the fruit in a large bowl and scatter the mint over the top.
2. Add the fruit juice and mix so that all the fruit is covered. Chill in the fridge.
3. Serve with half-fat crème fraîche or low-fat yoghurt.
It is simple, affordable, and, more importantly, delicious!
It’s that time of year again….yes, the Wimbledon tournament has started!
This summer get inspired by the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick and head to your local court. Research shows that by doing 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, you can reduce your chances of developing cancer.
Nearly a quarter of adults in the UK are obese, and it is predicted that this number will keep rising unless we make changes to our daily lifestyle choices, such as keeping active. Research has shown that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. As well as reducing cancer risk in its own right, physical activity can also help us to maintain a healthy weight.
Take advantage of this nice weather, and get in shape for summer with a friendly game of tennis! It’s a game you can play at any age and to make things more interesting, why not get a group of your friends together and make a competition out of it? It’s surely a win/win situation.
Not only can breastfeeding help prevent breast cancer, it probably helps prevent excess weight gain in children too. Breastfed babies have a decreased risk of becoming overweight or obese later in life, which may help reduce their risk of cancer in adulthood. Research shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to consume too many calories than babies who are fed infant formula.
It is now well known that obesity is a strong risk factor for many cancers, including those of the bowel and breast (in postmenopausal women).
A report published today by The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) gives recommendations for the prevention of heart disease. The guidance is for government, the NHS, local authorities, industry and all those whose actions influence the population’s cardiovascular health.
Among other things, the report calls for a reduction in salt intake and saturated fat, as well as extending TV advertising scheduling restrictions on food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar up to 9pm. The report has been covered by the BBC Website and the Guardian as well as others.
Many of the recommendations of the NICE report are in line with the recommendations for cancer prevention published in our Policy Report last year. The overall message of our report is that all sections of society from governments to households should make public health, and cancer prevention in particular, a higher priority. The Policy Report estimated that about a third of cases of the most common cancers in the UK could have been prevented through healthy eating, physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
Today we at World Cancer Research Fund are remembering those who have lost their lives to cancer. At today’s rate, 1 in 3 people will develop cancer during their lifetime, of which 1 in 4 people will pass away from the disease.
This Memorial Day give the gift of flowers. Visit our online Wildflower meadow and dedicate a flower to a loved one lost to or affected by cancer. Your donation will fund vital research and education programmes that raise awareness about the practical choices people can make everyday to reduce their cancer risk.
This summer we are holding our memorial day on 21 June for all those who have lost loved ones to cancer.
To mark this special day we are giving our supporters the opportunity to buy a flower from our online Wildflower meadow and, in tribute, name the flower after a friend or family member lost to or affected by cancer.
If you would prefer to make a telephone donation towards our Wildflower Appeal, please don’t hesitate to contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 970 1461 quoting the Wildflower Appeal. To purchase a flower in memory of someone special, just hover your cursor over a flower and if the flower is available you can then click on this to make a donation by completing the memorial details on the donation form. The flower will then be named after your loved one.
Updates from World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK) about its cancer prevention work