Complete Streets is Critical to Cancer Prevention

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Statement from Donald Distasio, Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey on Governor Cuomo's Plan to Sign "Complete Streets" into Law

'Complete Streets' is critically important to the future of the fight against cancer. This is exactly what cancer prevention looks like in a modern world.

Obesity is as big of a public health menace as tobacco smoke. It leads to diabetes, heart problems and - yes - cancer. Researchers are increasingly identifying the connection between cancer and unhealthy lifestyles. One third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and phycial activity factors. Being active helps reduce cancer risk by helping with weight control and can also help bolster the immune system. This law is about infrastructure and providing people with the opportunity to safely and regularly exercise. Complete Streets facilitates cancer prevention by helping people lead more active lives.

The American Cancer Society has been a strong supporter of this legislation from the start. Seeing 'Complete Streets' signed into law represents a victory for the fight against cancer. We salute the work of both health advocates and state leaders to make this important cancer prevention law a reality."

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