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

March 10, 2017
National, Pennsylvania

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed today with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Lora Jean Williams et al. v. City of Philadelphia et al., leading groups working to improve the health of communities provide scientific evidence of the severe consequences of sugary drinks and their impact in Philadelphia.

February 23, 2017
New Hampshire

NH Healthy Active Kids American Heart Association 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101 CONCORD, NH (February 23, 2017) – Child health advocates today are applauding the passage in the NH Senate of a bill that would limit the advertising of certain foods and beverages in NH schools. Senate Bill 103,

January 24, 2017
Minnesota

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30,000 people in Minnesota will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Today we learned that Gov. Mark Dayton is one of those people.

July 20, 2016

We were running on empty when our 2016 Legislative Session ended at 5:30 AM on Saturday, June 18th. However, with the help of our phenomenal volunteers, we were able to accomplish big wins for 2016. Reducing the Toll of Tobacco Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding: ACS CAN worked to

Healthy Eating and Active Living Resources

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

ACS and ACS CAN provided oral testimony to a National Academies study committee charged with reviewing the process to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

ACS and ACS CAN provided comments to a National Academies study committee on the process for selecting the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  Our comments include recommendations for reducing conflicts of interest and including committee members with the appropriate expertise.