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

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.

July 19, 2017
Maryland

On July 18, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved legislation that will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines (CB-26). The bill received all nine votes from the full council. The bill ensures that at least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart

July 17, 2017
California

Sacramento, CA – The voices of cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones are making a difference at the Capitol as evidenced by the critically-important cancer-fighting policies that passed the Legislature in 2016. The advocacy affiliate for the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN),

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.  

For the majority of Americans who do not use tobacco products, weight management, good nutrition, and physical activity are the greatest modifiable determinants of cancer risk1.