Recent reports that cancer rates in UK women are set to rise six times faster than in men over the next two decades will have alarmed many. It is likely to be a similar story across the western world.
In the US, cancer rates have been steadily decreasing in men but not in women. And although it is still the case that more men than women get cancer, the gap is narrowing.
The new prediction of future trends for cancer in women by Cancer Research UK is based on our knowledge of how lifestyle choices and other factors can affect your chance of getting cancer.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that two fifths of the 14m cases of cancer that are diagnosed every year are preventable. The main preventable causes of cancer are diet, smoking and infection.
Of these, diet is likely to most disproportionately affect women over the coming years.
It has been estimated that over half a million cancers worldwide can be directly linked to obesity and inactivity every year. Although being overweight can increase the risk of some cancers that affect both sexes, such as kidney cancer and bowel cancer, some cancers that only affect women are also strongly linked to obesity. [Read more…] about Why cancer rates are increasing disproportionately in women – and what we can do about it
By Sarah Breitenbach
In New York City, where shoppers and diners can find delicacies from all over the world, there is hefty demand for food grown closer to home.
The taste for products from farms in the Northeast has led South Bronx-based Greenmarket Co., a nonprofit regional food distributor that serves as the middleman between farmers and buyers, to constantly expand the size and scope of its operation over the last half-decade.
The state of New York has taken notice of its role in the regional food supply chain and in August allocated $15 million of the $20 million needed to build Greenmarket’s new 20,000-square-foot distribution center, commonly known as a food hub.
The hub’s staff, which is raising the remaining money from other public and private funders, expects to move in by 2019 and eventually sell $18 million worth of produce, grains, eggs, maple syrup and honey a year.
Like New York, other states such as Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont, and the federal government are investing in food hubs as a way to connect small and midsize farmers, who may not have the volume or do not have the capacity to work with large food wholesalers, with businesses and consumers to increase sales. [Read more…] about State see value for backing ‘food hubs’ for farmers and consumers
By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez
Kaiser Health News
As policymakers and health officials sound the alarm on the nation’s obesity epidemic, a team of researchers want to improve health outcomes among the most vulnerable Americans by overhauling the federal food assistance program.
In articles published as a supplement Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than a dozen researchers called for changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to align the initiative more closely with the nation’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The report found SNAP recipients consume less healthy foods on average than Americans overall and, due to their low-income status, face a higher risk of developing diabetes and hypertension.
People receiving the benefits, formerly called food stamps, told the researchers that nutrition could be improved by increasing incentives to purchase healthy foods and excluding sugary drinks.
Researchers also proposed limiting the types of food available for purchase through the program to four categories, incentivizing retailers to stock nutritious food. They will submit the material in the journal as a proposal to the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the SNAP program. [Read more…] about Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program
You may not see window signs in your neighborhood restaurant right away since restaurants will be rolled into the new system in four phases throughout 2017.
Restaurants in King County are inspected on average 1-3 times per year, so some restaurants will not be inspected and get their window signs until later in 2017.
Phase one of the roll out will begin today in restaurants in Seattle (north of I-90), Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park.
Community feedback helped improve the sign design [Read more…] about New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows