Lower cancer risk, live healthier with new text messaging program

April 13, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center has partnered with the National Cancer Institute to offer all university faculty and staff Tips4Health, a text messaging program designed to help you meet your health goals and adopt behaviors known to reduce cancer risk.

You choose which behaviors to work on, including:

  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising more
  • Quitting smoking

How it works:

To register, text TIPS to 734-212-5123 or register here. Answer a few questions and select a behavior to focus on. You will receive two to five daily messages for six weeks offering:

  • Motivational support
  • Tips to prepare for behavior change
  • Strategies to overcome barriers to change
  • Benefits of healthy living
  • Recognition of milestones

You can also text specific keywords (e.g., SUPPORT) to receive immediate messages of encouragement. Tips4Health will also check in with you every week to assess progress with your chosen behavior, with additional check-ins for 6 months after the program ends.

As a bonus, the first 1,000 participants to complete six weeks of Tips4Health will be eligible to receive $20!

Anyone over the age of 18 who has a mobile phone with texting capabilities can participate in the program. There is no cost associated with the program; however, text message rates may apply. Participants can opt out of the program and discontinue messages at any time.

Click here to learn more and get started!

Website: https://www.tips4health.org/