How Hospitals are Using Food To Help Cancer Patients

In 2017 the Kettering Cancer Center located in Ohio opened up Boulevard Bistro, a new café that serves cancer-fighting foods that are high in nutrients, protein, and antioxidants. In order to make a menu focusing on cancer prevention, the company looked to the American Institute for Cancer Research and its list of the top 25 foods that help fight cancer. The Boulevard Bistro menu consists of smoothies, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and coffee drinks – all packed with a nutritious punch.

More institutions are implementing the same healthy eating idea, whether it be a café or via cooking demonstrations. The Loma Linda University Cancer Center dietitians are using their knowledge and skills in great ways to help patients. The hospital holds bi-monthly Cancer-Fighting Food Cooking Demonstrations. These lessons encourage people to get into the kitchen and create a meal that tastes delicious and can help prevent cancers, heart diseases, and inflammation.

Chef Michelle Bernstein in Miami is teaming up with the Memorial Cancer Institute to create delicious and healthy meals for cancer patients. She focuses on adding more plant-based foods that contain little sugar and are high in antioxidants for the patients. When Bernstein has completed the recipes, she trains the kitchen staff on how to make these meals so that they can be permanent items on the patient menu.

The Wellness Center at the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center is also helping cancer patients eat healthy and delicious foods. The registered dietitians at the center hold cooking classes to teach patients how to cook nutrient-dense foods which still have great flavor. This center also has a food pantry for low-income patients. This helps those who are suffering from cancer and struggling financially. After they are given access to the pantry, the patients are given nutrient-dense and high protein foods to bring home.

We think the above initiatives are so helpful, as learning to cook is a key aspect of managing your health. Access to these programs is limited, and we believe everyone should have the ability to learn these necessary skills for a healthy life which is why Ann Ogden Gaffney, our founder, created Cook for Your Life and our Youtube Channel, which bring cooking classes to your home. Check out our videos to learn basic cooking skills, along with cancer-fighting meals to support your cancer treatment.

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