FMH to Host Free Nutrition Presentation for Cancer Survivors
August 21, 2008
Registered Dietician Donna Walsh, coordinator of Nutrition and Wellness at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, will discuss food choices which can maximize one's health and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, as well as reduce the risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Walsh has over 28 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health education. She provides nutrition services for oncology patients at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. She also provides education and classes on nutrition and cancer prevention throughout Central Maine communities.
The program and meal are free of charge but pre-registration is required. Family members and caregivers are also welcome. Please call 779-2555 to RSVP or for additional information.
According to Walsh a sampling of recommendations she'll discuss include: eating a diet with an emphasis on plant sources; eating five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits every day; choosing whole grains over processed (refined) grains; limiting intake of processed and red meats; and drinking no more than one alcoholic beverage per day for women and no more than two for men.
Walsh's presentation will take place immediately following the monthly Breast Cancer Support Group meeting. The support group is for women who have had a recent diagnosis of breast cancer or are currently in treatment for breast cancer, or have had breast cancer in the past and would like to share their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m., according to Jamie Lucas, care support nurse for the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center.
The Breast Care Center, which is now located in the new Franklin Health Medical Arts Center provides comprehensive breast care and timely access to screening, diagnostic, clinical, and care-support services. In addition to digital mammography, the Center offers risk assessment, breast ultrasound, stereotactic needle biopsy, physical therapy including lymphedema treatment, surgical services, post-operative care support, wig and prosthesis referrals, and community education.
For additional information about the Breast Cancer Support Group, contact Lucas at 779-2430.
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