Kick the junk during Junk Free June
Challenge yourself to live a healthier lifestyle and start finding a passion for living junk free.
Take up the Junk Free June challenge as an individual or in a group with your friends, workmates or family. Do the challenge even if you don’t want to raise money!
You decide what your ‘junk’ is. What you give up for Junk Free June is up to you – it can be one thing like fast-food, or a bunch of things like chocolate, lollies and energy drinks. As a general guide anything high in calories from sugar or fat is considered to be ‘junk’ food because it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional value. Fast foods, fizzy drinks, candy, pre-prepared or pre-packaged foods can often contain a lot of calories from sugar, salt or fat and are often referred to as ‘junk’ foods.
Junk Free June is a not-for-profit organisation founded and 100% owned by the Cancer Society of New Zealand. 100% of funds raised by Junk Free June are paid to the Cancer Society of New Zealand and then allocated across all of their divisions in New Zealand.
How giving up junk food relates to cancer
What we eat and drink may cause around 30 percent of cancers in industrialised countries – making diet second only to tobacco as a preventable cause of cancer. No particular foods or eating patterns are guaranteed to prevent cancer – but some foods and eating patterns can reduce your risk.
Analysis of global research by the World Cancer Research Fund International shows that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through:
- a nutritious diet,
- maintaining a healthy weight; and
- regular physical activity.