February is Cancer Prevention Month which makes it a great time to check out The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) website which features wide-ranging and timely topics related to cancer prevention and cancer treatment.

Particularly interesting is the healthy-eating section. It turns out, the kitchen is a great place to start when it comes to cancer prevention. The recipes on the website are developed with cancer prevention in mind using the AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention. The AICR funds and provides cutting-edge, research-based information to help individuals prevent and survive cancer. The recipe section is a great tool which can also assist in answering the age-old question, “What’s for dinner.”

The good news is, if you select a recipe from this website, it has been tested by dieticians and others for taste and ease of preparation. You can be sure it provides essential nutrition because serving size, calories, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, and sodium are all labeled. There is no mystery when using these recipes.

The food pyramid has changed and the AICR recipes reflect the changes and give you a fresh way of looking at what’s on your plate each day. Their recipes lower the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases and help with weight management. For plate proportion, they ask folks to aim for meals made of 2/3 or more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, or beans and 1/3 or less animal protein. A handy Serving Size Finder  helps you identify standard portion sizes and avoid accidental “supersizing” which can lead to weight gain.

The e-mail publications section, http://www.aicr.org/publications, includes eNews, Cancer Research Update, and Healthy Recipes. A subscription to these documents includes a variety of helpful and timely cancer-prevention information including recipes delivered to your inbox weekly: all the info you need to lead a healthier lifestyle.

On a local level, preventing cancer in the kitchen is also a hot topic. The UGA Extension and The American Cancer Society are collaborating to present a three-hour program called Cooking for a Lifetime Cancer Prevention Cooking Schools. The goal is to educate attendees on how to select and prepare healthy foods and become more physically active. The program includes food demos with a tasting and a cookbook to take home.

Upcoming Cancer Cooking Schools

Saturday April 8, 2017

10 am – 1 pm
Good Samaritan Health Center, 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW; Atlanta, GA 30318

Tuesday May 2, 2017 – BILINGUAL (English and Spanish)

6 pm – 8:30 pm
Good Samaritan Health Center, 1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW; Atlanta, GA 30318

For information on these classes and other programming and healthy eating, contact Kristen Sumpter, Family and Consumer Sciences County Extension Agent, ksumpter@uga.edu and check out the website.

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