Extending Cancer Prevention to Improve Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Darcy A. Freedman, Ninfa Peña-Purcell, Daniela B. Friedman, Marcia Ory, Susan Flocke, Marie T. Barni, James R. Hébert

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Consuming a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is critical for preventing cancer and cancer-related disparities. Food systems approaches that increase spatial-temporal, economic, and social access to fruits and vegetables may ultimately result in improved consumption patterns among Americans. Engaging the triad of Cooperative Extension Services, public health systems, and community health centers may yield maximal public health benefits from food systems interventions. These entities have a mutual interest in promoting health equity and community and economic vitality that provides common ground to (a) implement solutions through the dissemination of evidence-based programs and (b) share resources to foster grassroots support for sustained change. Working together, these systems have an unprecedented opportunity to build on their common ground to implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based food systems interventions in communities and with populations experiencing disparate risk for cancer and cancer-related diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-795
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer prevention
  • Fruit consumption
  • Health equity
  • Vegetable consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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