Time and time again, amidst fad diets and diets that promise to “cure” cancer, we at Cook for Your Life remain true to the idea that the first step to healthy eating is cooking at home – an following the simple AICR guidelines make it a lot easier to eat healthfully.
Whether you’re interested in cancer prevention or are a survivor, you’ll see that the AICR dietary guidelines for cancer prevention and for cancer survivors are exactly the same. They both include eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They also recommend staying lean by exercising, limiting red meat consumption, limiting alcohol consumption, and of course, avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco altogether.
April is also National Minority Health Month. It’s important to recognize the disparities in health in the United States and to make sure our programs are not only available to everybody but that we put on programs that cater to specific cultures and groups. Before Cook for Your Life was acquired by Fred Hutch in 2019, our previous research studies with Columbia University had focused on Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Latinas, and our studies have found that our teaching method helped the study participants make positive sustainable dietary changes.
Cancer Control and Minority Health go hand in hand and will continue to be an essential part of our mission and influence our goals as an organization.