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Happy March !

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the large intestine, which is part of the colon) before they become cancerous. Colonoscopies or stool-based tests can also detect the disease early when treatment is more likely to be successful.

Colorectal cancer incidence and deaths are on the rise in adults younger than age 50, and the rate of colorectal cancer in people younger than 50 has doubled since the 1990s.

Black people are more likely to develop colorectal cancer and more likely to die from it than most other racial or ethnic groups.


Start getting screened at age 45 if you’re at average risk for colorectal cancer. If you are at increased risk, you may need to start regular screening at an earlier age and/or be screened more often.

Continue screening through age 75 if you are in good health, with a life expectancy of 10 years or more. If you are age 76–85, talk with your health care provider about whether to continue screening. After age 85, you should not get screened.

  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool
  • Change in bowel movements
  • Stools that are more narrow than usual
  • General abdominal problems such as bloating, fullness or cramps
  • Diarrhea, bleeding or constipation or a feeling in the rectum that the bowel movement is not quite complete
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Feeling very tired all the time
  • Vomiting


National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

Key Messages

1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.

2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.

3. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

4. Select healthier options when eating away from home.

5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.

6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.

7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine.

8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.

9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.


This recipe is: Healthy/ Gluten free/ Dairy free/ Soy free

Snez’s nutrition bomb

A little bit of prep goes a long way for easy weekday lunches. This nutrition bowl is easy to assemble and packed with fresh goodness.

  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 50 g sweet potato (diced)
  • 1/2 zucchini (sliced)
  • 1/2 red capsicum (sliced)
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 eggs (medium)
  • 8 almonds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp hummus
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced)
  • Place vegetables on a baking tray and spray with oil. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 200˚C for around 15-20 minutes or until cooked.
  • While vegetables are roasting, place eggs in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5-7 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  • Place roasted vegetables in a bowl, sprinkle with nuts, seeds and chia and serve with boiled eggs and avocado on top and a dollop of hummus.
  • As long as you remember to put the veggies in the oven mid-morning, this nutrition bowl is a fuss-free lunchtime option.
  • Calories: 514.5cal

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