Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan. Cancer Council QLD

Cancer Council's tips for staying healthy this Christmas

CANCER Council Queensland would like to remind people that there's more to cancer prevention than wearing a hat and sunscreen.

CEO Chris McMillan says prevention should include maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, especially during the tempting Christmas season.

"We know that one-third of all cancer cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices, including limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, keeping active and being SunSmart,” Ms McMillan said.

"By being mindful when it comes to eating, thinking about healthy alternatives, and opting for balance and moderation, we can all enjoy the holidays the healthy way and reduce our cancer risk.”

Ms McMillan provided the following tips for staying healthy over Christmas:

1. Managing portion sizes

One of the ways to avoid overeating at holiday celebrations is to focus on your portion sizes and fill most of your plate with yummy salads and a small serve of protein.

2. Taking care in the heat

Remember to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, especially with the hot weather predicted for Queensland, and stay SunSmart when outdoors and the UV Index level is three or above.

3. Limit unhealthy beverages

An easy way to reduce your kilojoule intake and reduce your cancer risk is to swap out sugary drinks and alcohol for water.

If you're chasing flavour, infuse fruit or herbs into your water, or freeze ice cubes with fruit and drop it into soda water for a fizzy drink, minus the added sugar.

4. Stay active

Make sure to schedule in a minimum of one hour of moderate activity or 30 minutes of vigorous activity into every day - you'll feel healthier and more energised for it.

It can be as simple as walking the dog, having a game of backyard cricket, dancing to your favourite holiday music or setting up an exercise circuit.