Healthy Eating and Active Living

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The science is clear — overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the number one cancer risk for people who don't use tobacco. Together, they cause 20 percent of cancer cases. 

ACS CAN is working at the local, state and federal levels to prevent these cancers by advocating for legislation and regulations that make information more accessible for healthy choices, ensure healthy schools for our youth and build healthy communities for all. 

Overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition are responsible for 20 percent of all cancer cases each year.

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Let's save more lives by reducing obesity, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity

Being overweight or obese is the number one cancer risk for people who don't use tobacco. 

Latest Updates

May 26, 2017
Minnesota

The Minnesota Legislature approved a budget bill that includes initiatives supported by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to improve cancer prevention and treatment. It now moves to the governor’s desk for final consideration.

May 3, 2017

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took three actions that will likely undermine evidence-based cancer prevention efforts.

April 17, 2017
Vermont

MONTPELIER - Cancer advocates, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State House last week to meet with Vermont lawmakers about the need to support legislation that could help prevent cancer. The advocates were joined by local cancer researchers and other high profile Vermonters, including Ervin Bryson,

April 11, 2017
North Carolina

More than 100 cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) travelled to the state Capitol in Raleigh today in support of restoring funding for comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs as well as ensuring access to the most appropriate treatments for cancer patients.

Healthy Eating and Active Living Resources

ACS CAN provided comments in response to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for information on the use of the term “healthy” on food labels.

ACS CAN supports updating the criteria for "healthy" to be consistent with current research and dietary guidance.  If defined appropriately, “healthy” can be a tool to help consumers identify choices that support long-term health, including reduced cancer risk. 

ACS CAN provided comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a proposed rule to update the Nutrition Facts Label for meat and poultry.  

ACS and ACS CAN provided oral comments to inform the work of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee.