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The Cancer Project Update

2006: The Year in Review

Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking ClassesChanging Thousands of Lives
The Cancer Project’s free Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Classes for Cancer Prevention and Survival were offered at hospitals, government agencies, supermarkets, churches, cancer centers, and other venues in 25 states and 61 cities this year. The Cancer Project more than tripled its number of classes in just one year: 1,765 classes in 2006, compared with 511 classes in 2005.

Healthy Eating on Capitol Hill
Members of Congress and their staffs joined The Cancer Project and world-renowned chef Sualua Tupolo for a Food for Life cooking class on Capitol Hill. Chef Tupolo, a former touring chef for three governors of American Samoa, served up a mouth-watering array of vegan dishes, including fruit smoothies and a tostada salad, while Cancer Project nutritionist Jennifer Reilly, R.D., discussed the cancer-fighting power of a healthy vegetarian diet.

Essential Cancer Information Brought to Medical Professionals
Paulette Chandler, M.D., M.P.H.The Cancer Project Symposium in July brought oncologists, nurses, health professionals, dietitians, and Cancer Project Food for Life cooking instructors from across the country together in Bethesda, Md., for a daylong seminar on how foods can fight cancer. Top scientists and physicians from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of California, San Diego, along with Dr. Neal Barnard, shared critical research on diet and cancer prevention. Sessions focused on the evidence linking dairy products to prostate cancer, the impact of high-fat diets on breast cancer risk, the importance of cruciferous vegetables in cancer prevention, and how to maintain a healthy vegan diet.

Public Service Announcements Air Across the Country
A prescription with side effects you want. That’s the message behind The Cancer Project’s public service announcement (PSA) Prescription for Life, which features a bean in place of a pharmaceutical pill and explains how an array of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans can play a powerful role in cancer prevention and survival. The Cancer Project also created two new television PSAs, which focus on how a healthy vegetarian diet can help protect children from cancer later in life. These two television spots will air in 2007, drawing thousands of people to our Web site and offering a free booklet packed with kid-friendly, healthy recipes and nutrition information.


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