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

November 14, 2017
Tennessee

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network hosted its annual policy forum today at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville featuring national and local experts who discussed policy initiatives that can help reduce cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes for Tennesseans by encouraging healthy eating and active living.

October 17, 2017
Maryland

On October 16, 2017, City Councilmember Brandon Scott introduced the Baltimore City Healthy Kids’ Meals Bill to the Baltimore City Council. The bill is supported by Sugar Free Kids Maryland , a leading voice in Maryland’s fight against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay and the

August 29, 2017
Massachusetts

ACS CAN Massachusetts will be focusing on a variety of issues in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below is an update on those that have had movement in the past month: While the legislature is still in session in August, we don’t expect movement on any of our issues until after

August 3, 2017

A majority of states are missing critical opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, according to the 15th annual How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.

Healthy Eating and Active Living Resources

ACS CAN submitted comments to the World Health Organization on its Draft Global Action Plan on Physical Inactivity 2018-2030.

ACS CAN provided comments on FDA's interim final rule to delay implementation of menu labeling, opposing the proposed delay and any changes to the rule that would make it more difficult for consumers to access or use menu labeling in making healthy choices.