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Rock, Cheryl L and Thomson, Cynthia and Gansler, Ted and Gapstur, Susan M and McCullough, Marji L and Patel, Alpa V and Andrews, Kimberly S and Bandera, Elisa V and Spees, Colleen K and Robien, Kimberly and Hartman, Sheri and Sullivan, Kristen and Grant, Barbara L and Hamilton, Kathryn K and Kushi, Lawrence H and Caan, Bette J and Kibbe, Debra and Black, Jessica Donze and Wiedt, Tracy L and McMahon, Catherine and Sloan, Kirsten and Doyle, Colleen (2020) American Cancer Society guideline for diet and physical activity for cancer prevention. CA: a cancer journal for clinicians . doi: 10.3322/caac.21591.


The American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes the Diet and Physical Activity Guideline to serve as a foundation for its communication, policy, and community strategies and, ultimately, to affect dietary and physical activity patterns among Americans. This guideline is developed by a national panel of experts in cancer research, prevention, epidemiology, public health, and policy, and they reflect the most current scientific evidence related to dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk. The ACS guideline focus on recommendations for individual choices regarding diet and physical activity patterns, but those choices occur within a community context that either facilitates or creates barriers to healthy behaviors. Therefore, this committee presents recommendations for community action to accompany the 4 recommendations for individual choices to reduce cancer risk.

These recommendations for community action recognize that a supportive social and physical environment is indispensable if individuals at all levels of society are to have genuine opportunities to choose healthy behaviors. This 2020 ACS guideline is consistent with guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association for the prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes as well as for general health promotion, as defined by the 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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