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 29, 2018
Delaware

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Delawareans touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease.

November 7, 2018
Washington

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. In response to the election results, Mary McHale, Washington government relations director for ACS

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

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.