AICR’s Lifestyle & Cancer Symposium: Evidence to Action, held on January 24, 2020, addressed the gap between what we know about the connection between lifestyle and cancer risk and how that knowledge can be used to reduce cancer risk and improve health, both at the individual and population levels. This symposium was presented in partnership with the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the George Washington University Cancer Center. Consistent with the symposium’s tagline, “Evidence to Action,” it explored research, policy and population-based strategies, and real-life tips for assessing and implementing AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations.
Food marketing is everywhere – in grocery stores, in restaurants, on television, on the Internet and social media, at movies and sporting events, even in schools. We are flooded with targeted content promoting foods and drinks high in fat, sugar, and salt. This repeated exposure to junk food ads can easily derail even our best intentions to eat a healthy, cancer-protective diet. Food marketing aimed at children and adolescents is particularly problematic, as they are still developing the capacity to distinguish between advertising and programming or understand the persuasive intent of advertising.
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to eat a healthier diet that helps to reduce your cancer risk? Good news – updates to the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and drinks can make it easier for you to meet your goals.