Making Strides: Prevention, Diet and Exercise

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. According to the American Cancer Society, research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase a person's cancer risk.

The good news is that these are things you can control. Except for quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Be physically active on a regular basis
  • Make healthy food choices

Each year, about 570,000 Americans die of cancer, fully one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight. Click here for more information.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

On Saturday, October 29, thousands of local breast cancer survivors, volunteers, businesses and community members will unite to fight breast cancer and save lives at the 3rd Annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5-mile walk. Participants will meet at Richardson Field (across from Aloha Stadium), then walk to Ford Island and back.

This noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and dollars to make strides to end breast cancer by finding cures and supporting programs and services for all people facing the disease.

While there is no registration fee or minimum fundraising amount, people of all ages are welcome to participate and help raise money. Funds raised through Making Strides will help the American Cancer Society save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well by taking steps to reduce breast cancer risk or find it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a breast cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research; and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat breast cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Register online at or by phone at (808) 432-9133 or 800-227-2345.

The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook

The recipes featured on Sunrise are adapted from the American Cancer Society's "The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook," available on Below is the recipe for Chili-Spiced Popcorn.

Popcorn is whole grain-who knew? Pop some as a snack, but hold the butter to reduce saturated fat. Here, a drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil and taco spices give it a punch!

Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes or less
Total Time: 15 minutes or Less

  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups hot air-popped popcorn (about 4 tablespoons unpopped)

In a bowl, combine paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. While popcorn is hot, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spice mixture. Toss well to combine.

Note: Unsalted, organic microwave popcorn may be substituted for air-popped.

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