Our policy work

We provide evidence-based policy recommendations to governments in Asia to help them take action to reduce preventable cases of cancer.

Our work supports the development and implementation of effective policies to enable people to follow World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong’s recommendations for cancer prevention. These recommendations are based on our analysis of global research on the link between diet, nutrition, weight, physical activity and cancer. Evidence shows that effective policy implementation will reduce the chances of people developing cancer and other non-communicable diseases.

To encourage national and international policymakers to take comprehensive action, we developed the NOURISHING framework. NOURISHING brings together ten areas where governments need to take action to promote healthier diets and reduce obesity.

We recommend that governments in Asia use NOURISHING to see what other countries are doing, learn from their experiences and build effective policy actions by tailoring the examples to their own specific contexts.

Browse our regularly updated database to see what governments in Asia – including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam – are doing to promote healthy living. 

Contact us on policy@wcrf.org with further examples of implemented policies, to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on NOURISHING, or with any other questions or comments.

In 2009, World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published a report (pdf), Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, that set out changes that can be made at all levels of society to reduce the number of cancer cases.

It contains recommendations for different groups, from governments to the people who do the food shopping for their families. These recommendations were made by a panel of 23-world renowned experts.

It is thought to be the most evidence-based report of its kind ever published and its main finding is that all levels of society need to make public health in general, and cancer prevention in particular, more of a priority.

This is a global report with global recommendations, but its findings can play an important role in preventing cancer in Hong Kong.