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Siobhan hits it out of the park

Thursday, 26th Nov 20


Thursday, 19th Nov 20

Yay you’ve done it! Signed up for your first Can Too run! Well done! You’ve got your training plan and some cute new gear but what about all those gels that “runners” talk about? Do you really need them? Developing a strategic nutrition plan is essential for running your best race

Dive in. The water’s fine

Thursday, 19th Nov 20

Can Too’s Learn to Ocean Swim program is going swimmingly with over 380 swimmers taking part. The program is expected to raise around $350,000, which will fund at least three cancer researchers.

Congratulations to our Hall of Famers of...

Friday, 6th Nov 20

Congratulations to our Hall of Famers of the Month

Spotlight on Can Too Coach 'Mean Machine...

Thursday, 29th Oct 20

Learn ocean swim tips from Commonwealth Games dual gold medalist and former Captain of the Australian Swimming team, Matt Renshaw.

Swim programs are now open: it’s time ...

Thursday, 22nd Oct 20

Judy Mort signed up to her first Can Too Learn to Ocean Swim program at Port Macquarie last summer. Everything was going swimmingly until, at the deep end of the program a couple of weeks away from the ocean swim goal event, the program was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So, when the opportunity came up again to join the Ocean Swim program with Can Too Foundation, she dived in and registered straight away.

The Incredible Casey Kids go Beyond to s...

Friday, 16th Oct 20

Congratulations to the Casey family for blowing their Can Too Beyond program fundraising goal out of the water. The sibling’s target was to raise $10,000 for cancer research by swimming 27km – the length of the Northern Beaches.

Why I love my Campbelltown Pod - my exte...

Thursday, 15th Oct 20

Craig Dwyer found the support he received from Can Too to like being welcomed into a family.

Let's talk about sugary drinks... and ca...

Monday, 12th Oct 20

About half of Australian children drink sugary drinks every day. And, 17% of teenagers consume > 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks alone. Targeted marketing, widespread availability and discounting are thought to be the drivers of this consumption which can set kids up for a lifetime of health problems.

How training for an ocean swim with Can ...

Thursday, 24th Sep 20

How training for an ocean swim with Can Too saved my life

I Can Too Because

Tuesday, 22nd Sep 20

Can Too devotee Dr Nisha Sachdev has hiked, swum and run marathons to raise over $16,000 for the Can Too Foundation since February 2018. In 2019 she has climbed to the rooftop of Africa – conquering Mount Kilimanjaro and ran the New York Marathon as well as conquering The Big Swim in January 2020 with Can Too.

You did it – you ran into spring and t...

Monday, 21st Sep 20

Thank you to the over 150 Can Tooers who completed their Run into Spring program. Congratulations on achieving your running goal, from 10 to 21km, raising nearly $108, 000 for cancer research and turning what has been a challenging year to one of pride and achievement.

Casey family to swim the length of North...

Wednesday, 16th Sep 20

The Casey family siblings are diving in to honour their father’s legacy by swimming 27km on 26 September to raise money for the Can Too Foundation to benefit cancer research.

I swim therefore I am

Monday, 14th Sep 20

Can Too participant Lindsay Asquith is now a swimming convert. She overcame her fear of drowning from witnessing the destructive force of the ocean in the 2004 Tsunami.

Congratulations to our Tall Poppy Dr Fer...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

Congratulations to Can Too funded researcher, Dr Fernando Fonseca Guimaraes for becoming a Young Tall Poppy Award winner.

Let’s talk about red meat… and cance...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

Red meat has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen - which means it probably causes cancer but the evidence is limited. While red meat is a good source of zinc, B12, iron and protein, you can get the same amounts — and in some cases even more — from poultry, fish, eggs, and nuts, or by following a plant-based diet.

I Can Too conquer the fear of the unknow...

Wednesday, 9th Sep 20

This is my second session in the water, and I’ve made two whole laps – 100 metres – before gasping in the shallow end and preparing to do it again. In fourteen weeks, laughable at this point, I’m going to swim two kilometres in open water

Let’s talk about cancer prevention… ...

Tuesday, 8th Sep 20

Nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds of when it enters your body. It causes the brain to release dopamine, and that creates a buzz of pleasure and energy. Repeated exposure also sets up a dependence and withdrawal response in the body. So how many cigarettes are too many? And what about e-cigarettes?

Celebrating Can Too’s highest fundrais...

Thursday, 3rd Sep 20

Thank you to Margaret-Anne Hayes our highest fundraiser who has raised over $250,000 for cancer research. Margaret’s most outrageous way to raise funds for Can Too was to face her greatest fear of heights to jump out of a plane not once but twice when she was in her 70s.

You Can Too achieve 21k’s in 3 days

Monday, 31st Aug 20

Can Too Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our first Virtual Challenge. Your goal is to achieve 21k’s in 3 days.

Let’s talk about sleep… and cancer p...

Wednesday, 26th Aug 20

Humans are the only mammal that willingly delay sleep. And, our most popular drug is caffeine! How does this affect our physical and mental health?

Does your trail run training session hav...

Wednesday, 26th Aug 20

As a coach, the one fundamental principle I look to communicate to athletes is that of purpose. Purpose is something every training plan should be built upon and consistently referenced week to week. A training plan full of sessions with no specific purpose is like a complex cake recipe with no set order. The end result may look something like a cake, but the details and intricacies you come to expect are either non-existent or add no value to the overall piece.

Let’s talk about sedentary behaviour...

Tuesday, 25th Aug 20

Even among physically active people, a lifestyle that includes long periods of sedentary behaviour is associated with increased incidence of cancer, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. So how much sitting is too much?

Trail Running Strengthens the Body and M...

Tuesday, 25th Aug 20

Trail running combines work, rest and play. Can Too running coach and trail running addict, John Doughty explains how running in nature under tree canopies with the accompanying soundtrack of birds allows your mind to have a rest.

Can Too Ambassador AFL Player Nicola Bar...

Friday, 21st Aug 20

The Can Too Foundation is pleased to welcome GWS GIANT AFL Player Nicola Barr as our newest Ambassador. Nicola shares her tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Spotlight on Can Too running coach Tim L...

Thursday, 20th Aug 20

Where do your fundraising dollars go?

Thursday, 20th Aug 20

This has been a challenging year for all of us, particularly those directly affected by bushfires, floods and the COVID 19 pandemic. Lives have been lost, the health of many has been threatened, and many jobs and businesses have ceased or are under threat. What we are experiencing is placing immense pressure on well-being, health and finances across the community.

Spotlight on Can Too Running Coach Betha...

Friday, 14th Aug 20

Our Trail and Road Running Coach Beth started Can Too as a non-runner, in 2010. She went on to fall in love with running endurance events and turned her passion into a career to help others achieve their fitness goals.

Maple Miso Glazed Chicken with Veggies

Thursday, 13th Aug 20

Maple Miso Glazed Chicken with Veggies Created by Tamara Madden Mad on Nutrition

Events may be the cherry, but they’re ...

Friday, 7th Aug 20

When you’re training hard to complete a running goal you would think that the event being postponed would be a dampener on your spirits and motivation. However, Can Too’s Northern Beaches Pod have embraced the opportunity to run together to complete their own goal event.

Can Too Coach Jaryd Grantham’s running...

Friday, 31st Jul 20

Jaryd Grantham, Exercise physiologist and Can Too Coach for the GC50 Brisbane Pod, advice on how to keep motivated is to remember that it’s the journey before the destination.

Run training Covid safety tips

Friday, 24th Jul 20

We all know, by now, the importance of good hygiene and maintaining physical distance from each other at all times, including before and after a training session. By doing these two simple things, we can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

A guide on where to find support and way...

Thursday, 23rd Jul 20

We want to make sure that you know where you can find support, during these uncertain times with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Please see a range of mental health support services available 24 hours 7 days a week. And ways you can care for your mental health.

Last chance to get naming rights on KG...

Friday, 17th Jul 20

Can Too Champion and Community Spirt Award winner, Kieran Gallagher is diving in to celebrate turning 50. Whilst people often celebrate their 50th birthdays with a night out, a holiday or a decadent meal he set himself a Can Too Beyond goal of swimming 50km over 50 days to raise money for Can Too.

Let's talk about infections... and cance...

Thursday, 16th Jul 20

No one wants to talk about cancer of the external genitalia. Luckily there are a few simple practices to reduce your risk.

Let's talk about visceral fat... and can...

Monday, 13th Jul 20

Visceral fat is fat stored around our organs. It produces more chemicals than subcutaneous (under the skin) fat, which is why it’s termed ‘toxic fat’. The excess chemicals may lead to abnormal cell division, making 13 types of cancer more likely to grow. Visceral fat also increases risk of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and many other conditions.

Annie Crawford: My Letter To 24 Year-Old...

Friday, 10th Jul 20

Dear Annie, I’m writing to you from the future. I want to let you know that everything will be more than OK. I promise you’ll overcome fears and you’ll even learn to enjoy things that currently cripple you with fear.

Let's talk about second (and third) hand...

Wednesday, 8th Jul 20

There are 16 cancers that can be caused by second hand (or passive) smoking. Every cigarette contains 7,000 chemicals that enter the lungs and spread to other parts of the body. 69 of these are known carcinogens. All of these carcinogens exist in second hand smoke.

Let’s talk about alcohol… and cancer...

Thursday, 2nd Jul 20

On a per capita basis, Australians clearly enjoy a drink – ranking in the top 30 nations for consumption. But how much should I drink to maintain health?

Summer Training Program

Wednesday, 1st Jul 20

Summer Training Program With restrictions easing and the sun coming out, there has never been a better time to start a summer training program. Whether you like running, swimming or even both, there is just something so brilliant by getting out, enjoying the warm weather and getting fit all at the same time. With Can Too Foundation, we know that it can be a little bit hard to shake off that winter stiffness but we have a range of training programs to help you get back into it. We train participants for a multitude of run and swim events so we are sure to have a training program what will suit you and get you fitter and healthier than ever. The best thing about training with us for an event? Not only are you doing something great for yourself and your health but you always have the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for cancer research. From one-kilometre swims, half marathons and even run to swim events, there are plenty of opportunities and incentives to get training for. Check out our events and get in contact with us so we can help you with a summer training program that can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, while raising money for a good cause.

Let’s talk about fruit and veg… and ...

Wednesday, 1st Jul 20

Fruit and veg are thought to help protect against cancer both directly through a combination of nutrients which form anti-cancer agents, and indirectly by helping to maintain a healthy body weight. Fruit and veg are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help to protect your body against cancer. They are also rich in nutrients and low in kilojoules and are therefore great food choices if you’re trying to maintain or lose weight.

Let’s talk about your skin... and canc...

Wednesday, 1st Jul 20

Overexposure to UV radiation causes more than 95% of skin cancers. Many people believe that if you have a skin cancer removed, it’s gone, however secondary cancers can form in your bones, your lungs, your heart or your head. While it’s important to have skin cancers surgically removed early, preventing them from occurring is vastly preferable. Another common misconception is that we need exposure to the sun to get the Vitamin D we need for good health, however incidental exposure outside of peak UV periods is sufficient for most people to maintain adequate Vitamin D levels.

Let’s talk about processed meat… and...

Monday, 29th Jun 20

Let’s be clear - smoking is more likely to result in cancer than eating processed meat such as frankfurts, bacon, salami and ham, however there is strong evidence that both cause cancer in humans. Processing enhances flavour and preservation through the addition of preservatives (salt, nitrite or smoke) and/or other additives (phosphate, glutamate or ascorbic acid).

Let’s talk about your bowel… and can...

Wednesday, 24th Jun 20

Bowel cancer is the second deadliest cancer, killing more Australians than breast cancer and melanoma, but isn’t as widely talked about. By joining a Can Too program you’ll make one of the best decisions for reducing your risk of bowel cancer but don’t stop there.

Let’s talk about exercise… and cance...

Monday, 22nd Jun 20

By joining a Can Too program you’ve already made one of the best decisions for reducing your risk of breast, lung, liver and bowel cancer.  When it comes to keeping cancer at bay, exercise will be your trident; three prongs of active prevention. 

Track Talk – a Beginner's Guide to Run...

Monday, 15th Jun 20

Learning how to run may sound pretty simple and with the help of our experienced, qualified Coaches — it is! Sometimes, however all the track talk can be a little confusing — especially if you’re new to running. To help you understand run jargon, we’ve put together a list of running definitions our Coaches use, so next time your Coach tells you to Kick, you don’t bruise any shins or egos. 

Discover what drives Can Too Ambassador,...

Friday, 12th Jun 20

You can join our Can Too Ambassador, Heather Hawkins, an ultra-marathon champion and ovarian cancer survivor to Run into Spring.

Can Too are running into spring

Friday, 12th Jun 20

The great news is that from this Saturday 13 June Can Tooers can meet up for face-to-face training in groups up to 20.

Peanut Butter & Cacao Cookies

Tuesday, 2nd Jun 20

I want to grow up in a cancer-free world

Monday, 1st Jun 20

Sadly Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia — there are over 1 million people in Australia who are either living with or have lived with cancer. Your fundraising will benefit 11 cancer researchers this year who are committed to finding better ways of treating and preventing cancer.