Healthy Living & Prevention

We all know that it’s good to exercise, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and get a good night’s sleep. But it’s hard to change our habits, especially if we don’t have persuasive proof that it will improve our lives and health.

The National Center for Health Research is constantly reviewing new research to determine what we can do that will prevent diseases, and keep us healthy.

To the right are links to information about different types of prevention strategies, in alphabetical order.

Excellent research is being conducted to learn exactly what kinds of foods and exercise will help you prevent specific diseases, and what exposures to avoid in your daily life. The results are sometimes confusing, because new products to prevent diseases are aggressively advertised, whether they work or not. Sometimes the best strategies are ones that don’t cost anything – but who is going to pay to advertise those?

We cut through the hype. We scrutinize new research, and call the researchers to learn even more. Then we translate it into plain language that everyone can understand.

If you’re looking for more detailed information about cancer, go to our Cancer Prevention and Treatment web site at If you don’t see what you’re looking for on any prevention topic, contact us through our online health helpline at We’ll try to get the information you need within a few days.