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.
|Steps Challenge: Track 5,000 Daily Steps||Track 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 week||January 3, 2018 - December 31, 2018|
|List Your Professional Strengths||Chances 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 time||January 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018|
|Track Your Spending Habits||Do 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 week||January 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018|
|Practice Mindful Eating||Put 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 week||January 3, 2018 - April 9, 2018|
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