Resources & Inspiration from ACG
by Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG; Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee & Governor for Oklahoma
February 8, 2023 – March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a rallying point for ACG members and the GI community to bring attention to the lifesaving benefits of colorectal cancer screening.
The ACG Public Relations Committee wants you to be aware of opportunities to get involved through some of the well-respected CRC patient advocacy organizations and to explore the College’s CRC screening educational resources, infographics, social media banners, and awareness tools. Get inspired by ACG’s 2022 SCOPY Award Winners and their high-impact public awareness initiatives. Explore ACG’s activities in March 2023!
Peloton Group Ride for “Ride Or Stride For 45” Saturday, March 18
If a Peloton is part of your exercise routine, join your colleagues for an ACG Group Ride as a special event for the “Ride Or Stride For 45” virtual challenge during March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1:30 pm Eastern Time.
Details: Join the Peloton 30-Minute HIIT Ride with Alex Toussaint and use this hashtag #ACGRide45ColonCancer to identify yourself as part of the ACG group on the Peloton leaderboard. This event brings attention to age 45 to begin Colorectal Cancer Screening for average-risk adults.
Explore a wealth of resources and downloadable materials developed by ACG experts. Make your plans and explore the College’s infographics, social media banners, and awareness tools. There are excellent materials to download and use with patients, at community events, and on social media!
Save the Date: Tune It Up Concert on March 30th
“Tune It Up” Concert to Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer returns for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 8 pm Eastern under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Levy. Until then, for inspiration, listen to the recording from 2022 at gi.org/concert.
Back for 2023: Ride or Stride for 45 Virtual Challenge
In this virtual event, ACG members, your patients, families, and friends are all invited to bike, run or walk 45 miles in March (or 45 minutes per day during the month) to show your support and enthusiasm for preventing colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 for all average-risk adults. Learn more and register today!
ACG Supports Fight CRC’s United In Blue Rally
On Monday, March 13, 2023 in Washington, DC on the National Mall, ACG President Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG represented ACG at the Fight Colorectal Cancer “United in Blue” rally and installation. ACG is proud to be one of the organizations standing with this group of CRC patients, survivors, and caregivers who will gather in Washington, DC to visit with legislators and bring attention to colorectal cancer and the trends in young-onset disease. A dramatic installation of 27,400 blue flags near the U.S. Capitol will be a visual representation of those younger than 50 who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2030 unless we do more to educate, screen, and raise awareness.
Dress in Blue Day: Friday, March 3, 2023
ACG celebrated “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 3, 2023! The GI community donned their blue to show support and enthusiasm for lifesaving colorectal cancer screening. The outpouring of creativity and support was inspiring. #DressInBlueDay #BlueForCRC
Explore some of the photos on ACG’s Flickr Album Dress in Blue Day 2023.
The Colon Cancer Coalition invites ACG members to join a national effort with patient advocates to illuminate landmarks blue and raise awareness of colorectal cancer prevention. Visit the Coalition’s Blue for CRC page for resources, best practices, templates, and inspiration. Share your iconic blue landmarks during March CRC Month on social media with #BlueForCRC.
ACG’s SCOPY Award (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention & Year-Round Excellence) recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education, and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention. ACG members are invited to submit examples of projects and programs that demonstrate outstanding creativity and commitment to spreading the potentially lifesaving message of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Explore the winners from 2022: gi.org/SCOPY