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

October 9, 2020
New Jersey

ACS CAN released this memo to the New Jersey state legislature asking for support of legislation that would require non-sugary drinks to be served with meals targetting young people in restaurants.

July 15, 2020
National

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), support efforts to make nutrition research a federal priority.

April 9, 2019
Maryland

An ambience of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die —the last day of the 90-day, Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true health care champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year. Please take a

February 26, 2019
New York

Danger in the food deserts Access to affordable healthy options should be a right of all New Yorkers BY MARK LEVINE AND MICHAEL DAVOLI PUBLISHED FEB 26, 2019 AT 3:00 PM (UPDATED FEB 26, 2019) In his annual State of the City address earlier this month, Mayor Bill

Healthy Eating and Active Living Resources

Kids' meals are designed to appeal to young children but can be higher in calories, saturated fat, and sodium while being lower in nutrients than foods eaten at home.  This fact sheet outlines potential issues with kids' meals and notes ACS CAN's support for improving the nutritional quality for food and beverage options in restaurants, particularly for children’s meals.  

For the majority of Americans who do not use tobacco, the most important behaviors to reduce cancer risk are maintaining a healthy weight, making healthy dietary choices, participating in regular physical activity, and limiting alcohol consumption.  What children eat today will impact their future cancer risk, and this fact sheet explains how the marketing of unhealthy food to youth contributes significantly to poor diet choices.

Excess body weight, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition are major risk factors for cancer, and approximately one fifth of the estimated 1.7 million cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this year can be attributed to the combination of these risk factors.  This fact sheet explains the role of healthy eating and active living in reducing one's cancer risk and notes public-policy opportunities to help to create healthy social and physical environments and to provide consumers with clear, useful information that fosters healthy lifestyle choices.