Summer is over, the weather is starting to change, and comfort foods are looking even tastier than normal. However, as the leaves start to change colors, you should think about what you can change in your own life. This is a great time of year to make some healthy changes in your diet and your physical activity.

Living a healthy lifestyle is so important because it can reduce your risk of cancer. Eating a healthier, more colorful diet is one simple way to prevent cancer this fall. You don’t even have to completely give up your favorite comfort foods! There are so many simple ways to healthify any of your favorite foods.

So how does eating healthier prevent cancer? Lots of ways!

Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that have cancer-preventing properties. There are also components of fruits and vegetables called antioxidants that can reduce your risk of cancer. To pick up the tastiest produce possible, choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. But, even if in-season fruits and vegetables are not available, or if you just don’t like any of the in-season produce, all fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote health in many ways.

Plus, eating healthier may make you feel better and help you get more active! Try going on a quick-paced walk with your family or neighbors every day and then cook up one of your new, healthy recipes when you get back home. Being active improves your overall health and helps your body fight cancer.

This October, challenge yourself to make some healthy changes. Check out these awesome, creative recipes to get started and then make some up yourself! Ask your local farmer at the farmers market what ideas they may have for the produce or check out these fruit and vegetable cooking tips. Reducing your risk of cancer doesn’t have to be hard or scary, it can be as easy as pumpkin pie.