Commercial marketing has sold us that the Christmas countdown should include an Advent calendar chocolate before breakfast. In more recent years Advent calendars have become more extravagant with alcohol companies offering their own calendars including 24 miniature spirits for each day of Advent.
Excess body fat is associated with increased risk of 13 cancers and we are seeing significant increases in many of these cancers at younger ages. Action is needed at all levels to help address these trends.
December 2019 saw our focus at the SCPN shift towards an alternative Advent, where we can give little gifts to ourselves each day that promote health and happiness. Each day of Advent we tweeted ideas for physically active party games, no-booze Christmas drink alternatives and healthy treats that allowed us to join in with the spirit of Advent while still taking care of our health.