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January 14, 2020 | 3 minute read

Lifestyle and Cancer Symposium – Evidence to Action

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The Lifestyle & Cancer Symposium – Evidence to Action will address the gap between what we know and how we use that knowledge to change lives, improve health and reduce cancer risk. AICR will be presenting this symposium in partnership with the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the George Washington University Cancer Center. The focus of this symposium is “Evidence to action.”

AICR has been at the forefront of funding, analyzing and advocating for research into how lifestyle factors such as diet, obesity and physical activity impact for almost four decades. Over that time, the concept that you can reduce your cancer risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle has gone from an outlandish, almost heretical, suggestion to the backbone of mainstream public health and cancer prevention efforts. However, many questions remain, particularly regarding how we translate the research evidence into individual and population actions that can mitigate the rising tide of cancers caused by the aging of the global population and the emergence of new risk factors that seem to be increasing just as progress had been made towards eliminating or reducing others.

Evidence has no intrinsic value unless it can be used to change action. This symposium will present the evidence and the actions that the evidence supports. We have assembled a stellar group of speakers to present examples from three critical domains of lifestyle, diet, physical activity and obesity, that represent substantial opportunities for cancer risk reduction:

  • Jill Reedy, PhD, MPH, RD (National Cancer Institute) – From Evidence to Scoring Methods and Measurement: Distilling the Complexity of Diet and Lifestyle
  • Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD (Tufts University) – Diet-associated Cancer Burden in the US: Implications for Policy Interventions
  • Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH (Yale University) – From Evidence to Action: Implementing Evidence-based Physical Activity Programs in Cancer Care
  • William Dietz, MD, PhD (George Washington University)– Clinical and Population-based Strategies for Obesity Prevention and Control
  • Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND (AICR Nutrition Adviser)– One Choice at a Time: Implementing the AICR Recommendations in Real Life.

The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion, where the audience can ask questions, gain even greater insights and take advantage of the opportunity to hear discussions that will span the continuum from research to policy and across the inter-related domains of lifestyle.

This symposium is aimed at health professionals (including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers and dietitians), researchers and policy advocates alike, with a real focus on how the sometimes remote and abstract world of academic and clinical research relates to everyday decisions and lifestyle changes.

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