Making Good Health a Family Affair

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by Laura Nathan-Garner

Family health. It sounds like a contradiction. After all, who's got time to exercise and cook healthy meals when you've got a family?

But we learn many of our diet and exercise habits from our parents. Close to two-thirds of adults and one-third of kids in the United States are overweight or obese. That's a lot of kids learning unhealthy habits and missing the chance to prevent cancer by eating healthy and exercising regularly.

ElitCrisGavin.jpgThis is why the story of MD Anderson employee Elit Gonzalez is so impressive: After her Type-2 diabetes got out-of-control, Elit made exercise and healthy eating her top priorities. Nine months later, she's lost 50 pounds, her husband and mother have both lost 30 pounds, and her two young sons read nutrition labels. You can find out how to follow the Gonzalez family's lead in this month's issue of Focused on Health.

You'll also find tips on how to make your next road trip healthy and how to help your parents prevent cancer, along with insight on new sunscreen worries and a video featuring proven advice on the Power of Sustainable Changes in Diet & Lifestyle from Dean Ornish, M.D.

What are you doing to boost your family's health this summer?

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