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J Cancer Educ. 2014 Dec;29(4):790-5. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0656-4.

Extending cancer prevention to improve fruit and vegetable consumption.

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Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Social Work, Case Western Reserve University, 11000 Cedar Avenue, Room 443, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA,


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.

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