HealthTalk: A new approach to cancer care, making food part of treatment and recovery

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Over the last two years, I’ve loved being part of several workshops for dietitians and chefs who are bringing a new approach to cancer care. It’s about actively engaging those diagnosed with cancer in learning to choose and prepare healing foods and a health-promoting diet.

That’s important because cancer patients undergoing treatment and after can face a lot of eating challenges, including changes in appetite, energy, and food preferences. These choices can take a toll on strength, vitality and even ability to continue a treatment plan.

Here are a few strategies that you or a loved one may find helpful during and following cancer treatment. Read more… “HealthTalk: A new approach to cancer care, making food part of treatment and recovery”

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    Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention

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    At that regular doctors appointment, it’s important that kids get screened for obesity and if they are diagnosed, an intense healthy lifestyle intervention can help. The new recommendations from The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in JAMA, emphasize the importance of weight management throughout life.

    Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are obese, and almost a third are overweight. Kids with too much body fat stand a greater chance of growing into adults with overweight and obesity, and that means higher risk of many diseases, including cancers. Read more… “Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention”

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      Processed foods, calories and nutrients: Americans’ alarming diet

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      If you’re like the average American, more than half of your diet is filled with processed foods. Many of these foods are full of added sugar and fat and contribute to overweight and obesity. This matters for cancer prevention, because obesity is linked to higher risk, and a healthy diet links to lower risk for many common cancers, as well as other chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

      A study published recently reports alarming results on how much of the super processed foods Americans are eating, and how that affects nutrition, calories and the overall healthfulness of our nation’s diet. Read more… “Processed foods, calories and nutrients: Americans’ alarming diet”

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