Meat Free Week – Little changes can make a big difference

Published: Mon 17 Sep 2018 12:50 PM
September 17th 2018
Bowel Cancer New Zealand invites you to take part in the seven-day meat free challenge from Monday 24 September and discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference.
Going meat free for one week is a great opportunity to start thinking about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much meat can have on your bowel health. We are challenging all New Zealanders to a week without meat to help reduce their risk of bowel cancer and raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
Meat Free Week is now a global initiative and through this collaboration, you'll get access to a dedicated website, with mouth watering recipes for you to try and resources to use.
Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney (Founders of Meat Free Monday) say, "Taking part in Meat Free Week is a fun and easy way to have a positive impact on the planet and on our health. It's also a way to become familiar with a whole variety of meat free foods and extend our range of imaginative menus. Enjoy!"
Studies show bowel cancer risk increases by 12% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and by 16% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.
Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) general manager Rebekah Heal says, “Meat Free Week gives people the perfect opportunity to include more plant-based foods in their meals, such as fruits, veggies and grains, and to see if a meat-reduced diet is for them – whether it's just for one week a year or they get inspired and carry it on for one day a week.”
All funds raised will aid the work of BCNZ in supporting approximately 3,000 New Zealanders diagnosed with bowel cancer each year through vital prevention programmes.
To take up the challenge of Meat Free Week visit our website and sign up today!
BCNZ encourages open discussion about bowel cancer with medical professionals and avoiding ‘sitting on your symptoms’. Symptoms include:
Bleeding from the bottom or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel motion;
Change of bowel motions over several weeks that can come and go;
Persistent or periodic severe pain the abdomen;
A lump or mass in the abdomen;
Tiredness and loss of weight for no particular reason;
About Bowel Cancer New Zealand
Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) is a patient and family-led charity organisation.
The registered charity was founded in 2010 by a group of people affected by bowel cancer, committed to improving bowel cancer awareness and outcomes for people with the disease.
BCNZ aims to provide clear and up-to-date information about the disease, symptoms, what to do if diagnosed and to support patients and families affected by bowel cancer.
The ultimate aim of BCNZ is to prevent lives being lost to this disease and to promote the national screening program rollout in New Zealand.

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