American Cancer Society guideline for diet and physical activity for cancer prevention

Cheryl L. Rock, Cynthia Thomson, Ted Gansler, Susan M. Gapstur, Marjorie L. McCullough, Alpa V. Patel, Kimberly S. Andrews, Elisa V. Bandera, Colleen K. Spees, Kimberly Robien, Sheri Hartman, Kristen Sullivan, Barbara L. Grant, Kathryn K. Hamilton, Lawrence H. Kushi, Bette J. Caan, Debra Kibbe, Jessica Donze Black, Tracy L. Wiedt, Catherine McMahonKirsten Sloan, Colleen Doyle

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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 reflects the most current scientific evidence related to dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk. The ACS guideline focuses 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-271
Number of pages27
JournalCA Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • cancer prevention
  • dietary patterns
  • nutrition
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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