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Maintain a Healthy Weight & Activity


Being overweight substantially raises your risk of uterine, breast, colon, kidney, and other cancers. Regular exercise is linked to a lower risk of cancer.


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  • Eat a healthy diet with whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Reduce calories.
  • Limit red meat and animal fat.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week.
  • Limit intake of alcohol to 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.

Further resources

  • American Cancer Society's Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention, online at