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5 Ways to Commemorate Steve Jobs

1. Forgo meat. Jobs was a pescetarian — which means he eliminated meat and chicken from his diet, but he indulged in fish and seafood. In fact, in 2006 the health-conscious CEO (who also headed Pixar Animation Studios), cut ties with McDonald’s, which promoted Pixar films’ characters in its Happy Meals, because he wasn’t keen on the health implications of the meat-happy fast food chain.

Ditching meat (at least every once in a while) could benefit you, too — especially if you have a few pounds to drop. In a scientific review published in Nutritional Reviews, researchers found that vegetarian diets not promote weight loss, they also decrease risks of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

2. Indulge in ice cream. After his cancer treatment, the Apple co-founder turned to his favorite frozen treat when he wanted to gain weight after cancer treatment. “I’m eating like crazy,” he told a New York Times reporter. What was his guilty pleasure? “A lot of ice cream.”

3. Recycle your electronics. In 2005, Jobs responded to criticism of Apple’s poor recycling programs by announcing the company would take back iPods for free. Later, he expanded the program to include most Apple products. Apple now includes free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of old systems. But he wasn’t always popular with environmentalists — in fact, he lashed out against his green critics at Apple’s annual meeting in Cupertino that year — but he listened, and eventually changed his tune.

4. Create something insanely great. Despite being a college dropout, Jobs was a consummate innovator. From his parents’ garage, he co-founded a company that would later develop “insanely great” devices — from iPods to iPhones to iPads — used by millions worldwide every day. “Considered the Thomas Edison of his generation, Jobs has been involved in more than 300 computer-related U.S. patents,” states hisobituary on International Business Times.

5. Raise pancreatic cancer awareness. Perhaps the greatest tribute you can make in the wake of Jobs’ death is a contribution to the fight against the cancer that claimed him (charities include the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Lustgarten Foundation). Although Jobs is gone, the cancer is still very much among us — and it kills one in five of its victims within the first year.

In the years since his diagnosis, Jobs went public in the fight against pancreatic cancer, joining fellow celebrity Patrick Swayze. When Swayze’s wife announced the reintroduction of the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act in Congress in February, Jobs voiced his public support. The bill would create a strategic research plan for pancreatic cancer every five years, peer into the deadliest cancers, establish at least two new specialized pancreatic cancer research centers, and provide a toolkit for patients and a program to educate primary care providers about the disease.

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