When you include the American Institute for Cancer Research in your estate plans, you make a major difference in the fight against cancer.

Corporate Champions who partner with the American Institute for Cancer Research stand at the forefront of the fight against cancer

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

A major milestone in cancer research, the Third Expert Report analyzes and synthesizes the evidence gathered in CUP reports and serves as a vital resource for anyone interested in preventing cancer.

Whether you are a healthcare provider, a researcher, or just someone who wants to learn more about cancer prevention, we’re here to help.

AICR has pushed research to new heights, and has helped thousands of communities better understand the intersection of lifestyle, nutrition, and cancer.

Read real-life accounts of how AICR is changing lives through cancer prevention and survivorship.

We bring a detailed policy framework to our advocacy efforts, and provide lawmakers with the scientific evidence they need to achieve our objectives.

AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

AICR’s resources can help you navigate questions about nutrition and lifestyle, and empower you to advocate for your health.

AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

March 21, 2018 | 2 minute read

Start on A Cancer-Protective Diet: Join the New American Plate Challenge

Based on decades of research and an evidence-based lifestyle Recommendations for Cancer Prevention, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) developed a diet that puts “plant foods first.” The idea is to choose foods that are minimally processed and are low in calories due to their high water and fiber content. Since unprocessed plant-based food meets those key criteria, AICR recommends choosing meals designed around plants to reduce your risk of cancer.

AICR’s New American Plate is a model to help people re-think the composition of their plates. It is a fresh way of creating meals that lower risk for cancer by getting more health-protective compounds in your diet. This way of eating calls for filling your plate with at least 2/3 vegetables, whole grains, beans and other plant foods, and 1/3 or less of meats and dairy.

Take the New American Plate Challenge! Sign Up NowThis free 12-week online program will help you get more active, eat healthier and get to or stay a healthy weight.

A key principle of the New American Plate is to focus on minimally processed foods and to limit highly processed foods and those with added sugar and fat. This applies whether sticking to three meals a day or snacking throughout the day. By using these food choice principles, Americans can help reduce their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Importantly, the New American Plate is also designed to support a healthy weight. Excess body fat can promote chronic inflammation, and increase blood sugar, insulin levels and related hormones that can spur the growth of cancer cells. AICR’s expert report and CUP reports show that excess body fat is a cause of eleven cancers, including post-menopausal breast, colorectal, esophageal, and pancreatic.

Cancer Prevention Month is a great time to evaluate how your diet stacks up when it comes to cancer risk. Take our quiz: How Healthy is Your Diet?, to see where you stand. Then sign up for our next New American Plate Challenge, a 12-week online program for weight loss and cancer prevention, starting February 26. You will join thousands of individuals to get online dietitian support in implementing practical tips for a healthy diet.

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