The Inspiration Behind the iTHRIVE Plan

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The iTHRIVE Plan – and all of our collaborative work – began with our shared vision: to ease the suffering caused by cancer and help transform cancer care in this country. This vision arose from our perspectives as professionals, but also from our deep personal experiences. We are both cancer thrivers (Karolyn is a 23+ year survivor of ovarian cancer and Lise was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago!). To make our vision come alive we vowed to provide people diagnosed with cancer trustworthy guidance and information about evidence-based lifestyle wellness strategies that have the ability to heal in a variety of ways. This vision has indeed guided our work together ever since.

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    2018: A Year of Defining Diet Quality

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    2018 may be seen as a Battle of the Diets year, as it also has been a year of growing interest in viewing diet “quality” through a different lens. Researchers and health professionals are moving beyond defining eating as healthful based on a particular component — such as sugar content, fat type, or organic certification – and increasingly paying attention to a broader consideration of what diet quality means.
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      Putting Prevention into Public Policy

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      It is an unfortunate reality that a large percentage of Americans’ diets can be categorized as nutritionally poor. The fast-paced lifestyle lived by many makes it all too easy to ingest too many processed meats, refined grains and sugary beverages and too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, due in part to the widespread availability of such items and a lack of knowledge on how to eat a healthful diet.
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