OLYMPIA, Wash.—Washington voters passed Initiative 1634, which removes local control and eliminates the ability for local governments to pass sugary drink taxes to benefit their communities. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network opposed this initiative.
Healthy Eating and Active Living Press Releases
Oakland A’s Host Bay Area Policy Forum on Fighting Cancer Through Ensuring Healthy Eating & Active Living Environments
Oakland, Calif. – Top Bay Area medical researchers will spotlight new evidence showing why healthy eating and active living can greatly reduce cancer risks.
State lawmakers across the country are missing important opportunities to pass and implement proven legislative solutions to prevent and fight cancer, according to a report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality grades states on the strength of evidence-based policies that help to prevent cancer, which kills roughly 1,670 people a day nationwide, forces patients to pay nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket expenses every year and in 2015 cost the country more than $80 billion in direct medical expenditures.
In the last few weeks nine states have worked to pass bills that restrict local lawmakers’ ability to pass future innovative and proactive public health policies. These bills are known as “preemption bills” because they block, or preempt, authority of lower levels of government to pass laws stronger than state law. Preemption bills are popular among groups like the tobacco industry to prevent future legislation that could impact the sale of its products. The following is a Statement from Christopher W. Hansen, President of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
Menu Labeling Can Help Consumers Make More Informed Decisions, Encourage Companies to Offer Healthier Food Options
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calorie counts on chain restaurant menus and menu boards will become mandatory today as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to complete implementation of the nutrition labeling provisions included in the health care law.
Washington, D.C. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the delayed implementation dates of rules that will require food and beverage manufacturers to update nutrition fact labels.
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.