Associate Professor Kim Robien has agreed to serve as a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. The American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention and Cancer Survivorship are updated every 5 years by a national panel of experts in cancer research, prevention, epidemiology, public health, and policy. The guidelines reflect the most current scientific evidence related to dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk. The 2012 guidelines are available on the ACS website.
Dr. Kim Robien, along with colleagues from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), has also been awarded a program pilot grant from the Safeway Foundation to tailor the AICR’s New American Plate (NAP) Challenge for Older Adults program to meet the needs of an urban, low-income, older adult population, and then pilot test the revised program in Washington, DC. The 12-week NAP Challenge is based on AICR’s evidence-based recommends to eat a diet with mostly plant foods, engage in daily physical activity and maintain a healthy weight to reduce cancer risk. Overall, AICR estimates almost one-third of the most common US cancers are preventable by following their recommendations for cancer prevention.