Breast Cancer Series – Optimizing Your Health Through Diet and Lifestyle
Dates:This four part series will take place every Wednesday from August 22 through September 12.
Dates: August 22, August 29, September 5, September 12
Time: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ages: Adults, 18 or over
Price: You may take a single class or receive a discount enrolling in multiple classes.
Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with breast cancer, or are you interested in learning to alter your diet to prevent cancer? JAX Cooking Studio’s Breast Cancer Series discusses dietary risk factors, how to maintain nutrition during treatment, and how to eat to prevent cancer and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.
Each class will be co-taught by a dietitian who specializes in cancer nutrition and a chef with an expertise in culinary nutrition. Come prepared to cook! Participants will make several cancer-starving recipes. At the end of each class, we will gather around the table and enjoy eating the fruits of our labor while having an opportunity to ask questions of the instructors.
Class 1 (August 22): Risk factors and cancer prevention through diet. A surprising number of cancer risk factors are completely within our own control. In this class, we will help you understand how modifying your lifestyle, including your diet. We will also discuss the types of cooking vessels and storage containers that are safest to use.
Class 2 (August 29): Myths and realities. Misinformation abounds about what you should or should not be eating to prevent breast cancer or to stop it from recurring. We will set the record straight, sharing the latest scientific research and discussing practical ways to incorporate cancer-reducing eating habits into your lifestyle.
Class 3 (September 5): Maintaining nutrition during treatment. Traditional methods of treating cancer can make it difficult to get enough nutrients. We will teach you strategies for decreasing common side effects like nausea, poor appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, and difficulty swallowing. By keeping your body fueled with nutrients during treatment, you can help fight off infection and heal more quickly.
Class 4 (September 12): Eating to prevent cancer and reduce the risk of recurrence. This class will discuss recent breast cancer research related to diet and other lifestyle choices. We will identify foods that have the most powerful preventative effect on cancer andl show you how these foods can be prepared to be just as tasty and craveable as the processed foods most Americans consume every day.
CREDIT: The curriculum for the series was developed by Karen Alexander, BSND, MSCN, Oncology Wellness Specialist at Ackerman Cancer Center (ACC). Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, and Certifications in Oncology Nutrition and Enteral Nutrition. Prior to moving to Jacksonville to work for ACC, she managed the Nutrition Service for a hospital specializing in oncology in Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys speaking at conferences and workshops and running a nutrition and wellness blog for her patients at ACC. Karen is also a collaborator at Edible Northeast Florida Magazine where she shares recipes and information about wellness and nutrition.