For Immediate Release: October 12, 2017
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AICR Awarded Grant from Safeway Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), has been awarded a grant from the Safeway Foundation to shape and pilot test a program designed to improve the eating and activity habits of older, low-income adults.

“Research now shows that tens of thousands of cancer cases in the US would be  preventable with healthy lifestyle habits, like being active and eating a healthy diet.” said Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR Director of Nutrition Programs.

“This grant allows us to better understand how our overall healthy lifestyle program can be adapted to benefit a specific population of older adults to help lower cancer risk and improve their overall health.”

Working with Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, Associate Professor, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and graduate students at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington Unversity, the GW/AICR team will tailor AICR’s New American Plate (NAP) Challenge for Older Adults program to meet the needs of an urban 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 recommendations 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.half of US cancers could be prevented by changing our everyday habits.

About The Safeway Foundation

Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation (also known as The Albertsons Companies Foundation) supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees' passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Albertsons Companies, operated locally as Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have invested $2 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about the Safeway Foundation, visit

About AICR

Our Vision: We want to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

Our Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

We have contributed over $108 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. Find evidence-based tools and information for lowering cancer risk, including AICR’s Recommendation for Cancer Prevention, at