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Pillar 1: Prevention

Best Practices

RWJBarnabas BHealthy Approved
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Healthy Options at Employee Cafeterias 

Two RWJBarnabas Health sites have gone “Fryless” and have also instituted pricing structures to offer healthy food and beverages at lower prices than unhealthy options.  Vending offerings have also changed to provide 100% healthy options in these two sites. Other RWJBarnabas sites currently offer  70% healthy vending options and are following suit to rollout 100% health options. Healthy options are identified with a“BHealthy Approved” seal of approval!

Articles of Interest

US Chamber of Commerce

Research & Evidence

Farhad Islami, MD, PhD; Ann Goding Sauer, MSPH; Kimberly D. Miller, MPH; Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH; Stacey A. Fedewa, PhD, MPH; Eric J. Jacobs, PhD; Marjorie L. McCullough, ScD, RD; Alpa V. Patel, PhD; Jiemin Ma, PhD, MHS; Isabelle Soerjomataram, MD, PhD, MS
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

Frequently Asked Questions

Pillar 1: Prevention

Can cancer be prevented?

Yes, some of the risk factors for cancer can be controlled. Choosing the right health behaviors and preventing exposure to certain environmental risk factors can help prevent the development of cancer.  The use of tobacco, a poor quality diet, and physical inactivity are just some of the behaviors that have been linked to the development of many common cancers.   For example, smoking causes about 30 percent of all U.S. deaths from cancer according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  NCI also reports that “avoiding tobacco use is the single most important step Americans can take to reduce the cancer burden in this country.  Considerable evidence indicates that behavioral factors related to energy balance—such as diet and physical activity—as well as body weight that indicates the state of energy balance are known risk factors for many chronic diseases and conditions, including several forms of cancer. These combined factors may be the most significant, avoidable causes of cancer in the non-smoking population. Poor diet, physical inactivity, and overweight/obesity may account for about 25–30 percent of several of the major cancers in the United States.”