New Resource - Eight ways to a healthier weight and lower risk of cancer

Latest addition to the 8IGHT WAYS® health series offers simple, evidence-based tips for keeping weight in check

8 Ways Healthy WeightSiteman Cancer Center, based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has launched a new public resource, “8ight Ways to a Healthier Weight and Lower Risk of Cancer.” This evidence-based guide is free for community and organizational use, and provides achievable tips to help men and women work toward their weight goals. 

“Weight can be a tough issue for many of us,” says Dr. Graham Colditz, associate director of prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center. “With this new 8ight Ways, we hope to make it as easy as possible for people to take steps that can have important benefits for their weight and overall health.”

Extra weight and obesity increase the risk of at least 13 types of cancers, as well as other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. 

“8ight Ways to a Healthier Weight” highlights practical approaches that can help people lose weight or just avoid weight gain, which has important benefits, too. The information also includes tips for parents on helping their children develop lifelong healthy weight habits.

The eight ways are to:
  1. Eat healthy plant-based foods and fewer animal products
  2. Choose smaller portions
  3. Avoid sugary drinks
  4. Cut back on added calories
  5. Start the day with a healthy breakfast
  6. Move your body
  7. Hop on the scale
  8. Keep a food diary

Download your free PDF copy online, or request copies at pecad@wustl.edu

“8ight Ways to a Healthier Weight” is the latest addition to Siteman Cancer Center’s 8IGHT WAYS® health series. Other 8IGHT WAYS® guides offer tips for lowering the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and cancer in general, as well as healthy living after cancer. Large print and multiple languages are available, including Spanish and Vietnamese. The 8IGHT WAYS® brochure series is copyrighted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The 8IGHT WAYS® guides also complement the Siteman Cancer Center’s Your Disease Risk tool, a free, personalized online health assessment that estimates the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, and provides tips for prevention. 

For more information on cancer prevention, visit Siteman Cancer Center, or call 800-600-3606 for a referral.