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

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

May 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 20, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released the final regulation to update the Nutrition Facts label that appears on most food packages. This is the first time the FDA has made major updates to the content and format of the Nutrition Facts label since

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 18, 2016 The U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee today passed a bill to reauthorize child school meal and nutrition programs and included language to undercut access to healthy foods for millions of children. A statement from Chris Hansen, president for the American Cancer Society Cancer

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.