According to the American Cancer Society, about half of all cancer deaths could be prevented if people maintained a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise; avoided tobacco products; and got recommended cancer screening tests. As a busy mom I know, it’s not always easy to incorporate these healthy behaviors into a busy lifestyle! In fact, a new national survey of approximately 2,000 women ages 25-64 revealed that they are so busy being caretakers of others, they have little time to take care of their own health.
Actress Ellen Pompeo, star of “Grey’s Anatomy”, kicked-off the American Cancer Society’s Choose You initiative on May 4th at an event in Times Square, along with national presenting sponsors Sprite Zero and Walgreens. Pompeo “powered up” the Choose You flower icon on the world’s largest digital sign, the Walgreens Times Square Billboard. The event marked the start of the nationwide effort to encourage women across the country to do something they almost never do – to “choose themselves first” so they can stay well and reduce their risk of cancer.
Findings from the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Choose You Survey
In March 2010, the American Cancer Society conducted a national online survey of approximately 2,000 U.S. females ages 25-64 to examine women’s health behaviors and needs. According to the survey, women want better health, but fall short of achieving it. The survey found that 95% of women feel the need to improve their health, yet approximately three out of five women put others’ health before their own. When it comes to women’s specific health behaviors, the survey reveals some eye-opening findings:
· 90% say they fall short of eating a healthy diet
· 85% don’t get the minimum 30 minutes a day of exercise, 5 days a week recommended by the U.S. government
· 76% don’t always protect their skin from the sun
To help spread the word about the Choose You initiative, to encourage women everywhere to finally put their health first, I am hosting a giveaway provided by the American Cancer Society.
Last weekend during the Cure Search Childhood Cancer Walk I wore my Choose You shirt shown in the photo. My family and I walked in memory of my good friend, Teri’s son Johnathon who became an angel at the young age of 3.
Choose You gift box includes:
- Blue Choose You logo t-shirt (like the one I’m wearing)
- Choose You logo water bottle
- Neutrogena sunscreen
- Swarovski crystal Choose You logo pin
- $50 Walgreens gift card
- Few other little goodies
How to Enter:
Leave a comment sharing at least one tip of how you Choose You by living healthy
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*Giveaway is open to all U.S. Residents 18+ Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 4th midnight CST. Any and all comments after that time will not be counted towards giveaway entries. Reader must leave a method of contact within comment and must respond within 24 hours of contact, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Random.org will be used to select a random winner from comments on this post.
Full Disclosure: MommaDJane was provide the same gift box that is being offered as a giveaway prize to show appreciation for helping spread the word about the Choose You Initiative, courtesy of The American Cancer Society.
Giveaway has ended.
Congratulations Jacob for winning the Choose You giveaway and thank you to all who entered.