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

September 20, 2018
California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds Governor Jerry Brown for giving a thumbs up to a landmark bill that leverages good nutrition as a new way to prevent cancer. Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1192 into law today, making California the first

September 6, 2018
California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is urging Governor Jerry Brown to do what the California Legislature did recently—give a thumbs up to a landmark bill that leverages good nutrition as a new way to prevent cancer. If Governor Brown signs Senate Bill (SB)1192 into

August 20, 2018
California

Oakland, Calif. – Top Bay Area medical researchers will spotlight new evidence showing why healthy eating and active living can greatly reduce cancer risks. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Bay Area Policy Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 21, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the

August 9, 2018

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.

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.