When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

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AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

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AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

February 24, 2010 | 2 minute read

Counting Activity at Work and Play

If you had to fill out a survey of your week’s activity, would you include only those bouts of exercise at the gym or add in the dog walks? What about including darting around at the office or any heavy lifting you do at work?

Identifying people’s activity levels may not be as simple as asking them.

This week, a study came out that Mexican-Americans are the most active group in America, compared to non-Hispanic whites and African Americans. The results challenge previous findings and suggest that collecting physical activity information should include electronic devices, along with self-reports.

The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health; you can read the abstract here.

Researchers compared findings on physical activity from two major studies: one included measuring activity levels via devices called accelerometers, the other included only self-reports. In the accelerometer study, nearly 27 percent of Mexican-Americans met the national goal of getting at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week or vigorous activity for 20 minutes at least three days a week; about 20 percent of whites and 15 percent of African Americans achieved that level of exercise.

In the research based on self-reports, 36 percent of whites and 25 percent of African Americans and Mexican Americans said they met the activity standard.

One reason for the discrepancy may be that accelerometers can detect occupational time, note the authors, which is difficult to gather through self-reports.

When you think about how much activity you get, do you account for your typical daily activities? AICR recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily to lower cancer risk – but it doesn’t have to be all at once.

Take our quiz to rate your activity level.

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