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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.

What Can You Do? 

  • if you’re aged 50-75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent colorectoal cancer by finding precancerous polyps so they can be removed. It also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Don’t smoke

Points:  150 one time (March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018) – To complete this challenge, get screened or encourage others.

Additional Activities:

ActivityDescriptionPoints PossibleDates
Steps Challenge: Track 5,000 Daily StepsTrack 5,000 steps each day, for a total goal of 35,000 per week. Getting up and moving as much as possible is important. 50 per weekJanuary 3, 2018 - December 31, 2018
List Your Professional StrengthsChances are you can quickly identify some of your job strengths already, putting a name to these strengths, and regularly reminding yourself what you're good at will help you articulate what you'd like to continue to do at work. 200, one timeJanuary 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018
Track Your Spending HabitsDo you have a good understanding of where your money is going each month? A budget can help you prioritize within your means. Once a week, track your spending habits. 50 per weekJanuary 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018
Practice Mindful EatingPut your tech devices and your computer away while your eat your meal at work - focus on mindful eating by learning to pay attention to your meal. Try doing this at least twice a week. 50 per weekJanuary 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

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