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Nutrition News: It's Never Too Late To Exercise

Charlyn Fargo on

Here's proof that it's never too late to start that walk or trip to the gym: In a new study, the American Institute for Cancer Research found that exercise helped prevent and slow breast tumor growth -- even among women who had been diagnosed and were waiting for surgery.

Granted, this was a small study -- only 49 women -- but it convinced me that there is power in that morning walk. I come from a genetic pool of breast cancer; my mother, a survivor, had it twice. Her mother died too young to know. So, I'm attentive to all things related to breast cancer.

This study, published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, found that exercise had a direct biological effect on breast cancer tumors. Researchers also found that exercise protects against postmenopausal breast cancer, colon cancer and endometrial cancer.

As the study reports, "Women in the exercise group did both strength training and moderate-level aerobic activity -- like walking -- at two weekly trainer-led sessions and unsupervised at home. The control group focused on relaxation and visualization techniques." The exercise group increased their activity by an average of 203 minutes a week, compared with 23 minutes in the control group. After 29 days, exercise appeared to impact tumor gene expression, especially in pathways involved in inflammation and immune regulation.

The bottom line? Here's another reason to make exercise a priority.

Q and A


Q: Is eating soft cheeses dangerous during pregnancy?

A: During pregnancy, exposure to bacteria can be dangerous, especially the Listeria bacteria that could be in soft cheeses such as brie, Camembert, feta, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, queso blanco and queso fresco if they have been made with unpasteurized milk. Listeriosis can affect both mother and baby. Soft cheeses have a higher water content, which makes them more of a risk than hard cheeses. Not only are pregnant women at a higher risk but so is anyone with a compromised immune system. We pasteurize our milk -- and soft cheeses -- to kill the harmful bacteria. Ask or read the label to make sure cheeses are using pasteurized milk.


Everywhere I go, bowls are all the rage -- and a healthy alternative to a burger and fries. Here's a recipe from Healthline with a Southwestern kick. Feel free to substitute or add your favorite veggies.


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