The Cancer Project Partners with Dana Farber Cancer Institute
The Cancer Project and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute have teamed up to spread the word about cancer prevention in the Blum Family Resource mobile van. The van will host a number of cancer prevention informational sessions in the Boston area, including Food for Life cooking and nutrition classes.
The first public Food for Life classes took place in late August in front of the Bowdoin Street Community Health Center in Dorchester, Mass. The classes featured information and recipes related to the cancer-nutrition topics Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods and Favoring Fiber. The Blum Family Resource van hopes to expand its programming to meet the needs of many underserved neighborhoods in Boston. Whole Foods Market donated the food for all Food for Life cooking demonstrations in the van.
The classes were taught by longtime Food for Life instructor Rose Lee, who spoke enthusiastically about all the health benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet. “In addition to preventing cancer, making the right food choices lowers one’s risk of heart disease and obesity as well,” she said.
The Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Class series was launched in 2001 to help cancer survivors and those interested in cancer prevention take advantage of the healing power of foods. Designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians, each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage cancer growth, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and healthy recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Other topics for the classes include Antioxidants and Phytochemicals, Discovering Dairy, and Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods.
The Cancer Project has cooking classes in more than 45 cities across 20 states. To find a Food for Life cooking class near you, visit www.CancerProject.org.
PCRM Online, September 2006