Run for your life!

Run for your life!

Studies have shown that those who engage in regular, moderate exercise such as brisk walking, dancing, and skating are at a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than those who are inactive (Salz et al 2006, Giovannucci et al 2006).

Definitely not my legs... yet.

The CCAC’s Healthy Lifestyles guidelines suggest regular exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and to regulate hormones. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s getting started that’s the hard part. Fitting exercise into your daily routine after years of a sedentary lifestyle, while still juggling all of your work, friends and family commitments.

Like many Canadians, my motivation hibernates for the winter. I’ll take the bus instead of walk to work, take the escalator instead of the stairs, and comfort myself with cookies once the temperature dips below zero. I’ll be in a parka for the next three months, so nobody will notice a couple extra pounds, right?

But this isn’t just about pounds. This is about starting a healthier lifestyle NOW, and practicing what I preach on the CCAC’s blog. And so, in honour of promoting healthy lifestyles and the CCAC’s status as a Featured Charity in the upcoming 2010 Mississauga Marathon, I’m taking up running.

Let me be clear: I am not, and have never been, a runner. There are few things on earth that I could imagine myself running from (lions, zombies) and even fewer I could picture myself running towards. But I want to show others (and myself) that adding exercise to an otherwise seasonally sedentary lifestyle is possible. I might even have some fun along the way!

After I leave the CCAC’s offices today, I will be starting the Couch-to-5K running program, gradually easing myself into the runner’s world. I can’t wait to tell you more about my progress and experiences.

If you can inspire me with stories of how you got yourself moving, please share! Let’s build healthier futures together and lower our colorectal cancer risk.

For more information on exercising to increase health and decrease your risk of cancer:


3,489 men, women and children took the potentially life-saving walk through the Giant Colon in Waterloo this weekend.  Incredible!

The Giant Colon Tour swings into Gatineau, Quebec for Salon des Générations ( on Friday, then hits the open road for Sudbury, Ontario for February 23 – 25.  The Giant Colon and its team brings us into March Awareness Month with a stop in Thunder Bay, Ontario for February 28 – March 2.

How many more Canadians will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to stroll through a 40 foot long, 8 foot high colon? How many more Canadians can Dr. Preventino reach with his messages about screening and healthy lifestyles? Only time will tell!

The Giant Colon coming at you from Kingston, ON

The Giant Colon coming at you from Kingston, ON

Check out the pictures of all the craziness surrounding The Giant Colon in Kingston Ontario! Be sure to check out the full album after the break.

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Making healthy choices in a Frito-Lay world

This image is a fabulous metaphor for the daily struggle to make healthy choices.

“CHOOSE SENSIBLY” and “HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES” indeed! Sorry folks, Skittles don’t count as a serving of fruit.

Most of us know that we should be choosing the carrot sticks over the chips, and there’s no shortage of research confirming the importance of diet and lifestyle in the prevention of colorectal cancer and other serious diseases. The picture of this vending machine was taken in a hospital. Temptation is truly everywhere.

Arm yourself with knowledge. Eating right doesn’t mean you have to eat like a rabbit! Stay tuned for some delicious recipes that promote digestive health and overall wellness. In the meantime, buy generic tadacip online, visit the CCAC’s prevention guidelines page and read up on some recent colon cancer prevention news:

For better or worse, you are what you eat!

Hello, world!

You’re beautiful, every last inch of you. Inside and out. Has anybody told you that today? Perhaps somebody has commented on how your body looks (you sexy thing, you!), but has anybody told you about how gorgeously intricate your body is on the inside? Or how you have the power to make choices about its care?

This is the incredible body that you will inhabit for the rest of your life, and the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada wants it to be a long and healthy life. I’d like to challenge you to think a bit about the backside you’re sitting on right now. I’d like to challenge you to step up to the plate and begin talking about some of the more socially awkward but no less vital parts of your body.

The internet is a powerful tool, and we can’t afford to ignore its potential. With every click that hurls a funny picture of a cat across cyberspace and into your loved one’s inbox, you have also the power to disseminate information that could save someone’s life. Information about the screening procedures available to you. Information about the healthy lifestyle choices that can prolong your life and decrease your risks of colorectal cancer. Information about the incredible events the CCAC is putting on to educate, raise funds and spread awareness. Information about the incredible people who live with and work towards beating this disease. This is what our blog is here for.
I’d like to start an open dialogue about colorectal cancer. Get off your butt and start talking about your butt!

The Giant Colon in Kingston, ON

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Pictures from The Giant Colon in Brampton

Pictures from The Giant Colon in Brampton

Here are some recent pictures we took with The Giant Colon in Brampton, ON! Be sure to check out the rest of the album after the break.

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A Self Guided Tour of Your Colon

Checkout the recent video report done by “The Standard” in St Catharines, On

Here is a link to the full article or watch the video after the break

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The Giant Colon shines in St-Catharines, Ontario

There was something special in the air upon arriving in St-Catharines Ontario on a cold Thursday night. Maybe it was the unusual architecture of the hotel we checked into, with its castle like appearance, alone, in the middle of a field. Or maybe it was the fact that we had an amazing team of volunteers assembled at the Pen Centre Mall, eagerly awaiting our arrival and more than ready to get their hands dirty assembling the Giant Colon. In retrospect, perhaps they were unusually excited about inflating an over-sized human organ in the late hours of the night but regardless, enthusiasm is always more than welcome here at the CCAC!

Following a flawless and record breaking quick set-up, we retired to our respective quarters for a well deserved night of sleep dreaming of The Giant Colon and Coloncancercheck!

The following morning, we woke up to a voice mail from our amazing local health lead, Kathy Hume , Clinical Manager for the Niagara Health System Regional Colorectal Screening Program, who had not been able to fall asleep and who had wanted to make sure we were awake, 3 hours before the mall was scheduled to open… We arrived with plenty of time to spare and finally opened the exhibit to the public. We then proceeded to prepare ourselves for the scheduled city launch, which was going to include our usual guest speakers (physicians, health care representatives, cancer survivors…) as well as the always loved ribbon cutting ceremony.

What we hadn’t expected however was that this launch would attract far more people than expected and that the media would also be present in greater numbers than usual. With such a buzz around the Giant Colon, the already large crowd grew exponentially until a sea of heads and cameras were surrounding us.

The launch set the tone for the rest of the two days which went by without a hitch. We were overwhelmed by the positive responses generated by the Colon and touched as always from hearing survivor stories from people who had traveled for hours for a chance to see the colon in person. Kathy Hume also turned out to be a star, running a very tight ship and providing us with the extra boost we needed to keep on going on a long and physically draining tour.

St-Catharines, we will not soon forget you!St

GC team signing off.

The Giant Colon takes Windsor by a storm

Check out the links below and see how U Windsor  nursing students help spread the word on behalf of the  the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program and Coloncancercheck! The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is a proud to collaborate in this amazing project!


  • Windsor Star (Windsor, ON) – full article on Jan 20


  • AM800 the Morning Drive (Windsor, ON) –aired 4 times on Jan 19-20 (segment on order)
  • AM800 the Morning Drive (Windsor, ON) – live colon tour with Ron Basdeo aired on Jan 19 (segment on order)


  • CBC (Windsor, ON) – attended event; air date TBD
  • A News (Windsor, ON) – interviewed speakers at mall; air date TBD


  • Windsor Star (national) – full article on Jan 20

  • University of Windsor (national) – full article on Jan 20