Nutrition Program Effective for Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors

Nutrition Program Effective for Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors
A team of investigators at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health collaborated with Cook for Your Life (CFYL), a non-profit source of recipes, nutrition tips, and meal ideas for cancer patients and survivors, based in New York City, to carry out a health intervention for Hispanic breast cancer survivors. Participants attended the ¡Cocinar Para Su Salud! training program, and received follow-up visits to evaluate the intervention's efficacy in affecting positive changes in nutrition and lifestyle, versus the standard dietary information pamphlet. The study, "¡Cocinar Para Su Salud!: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Culturally Based Dietary Intervention among Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors" is published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The American Cancer Society recommends a daily intake of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables to help keep cancer at bay, but it is estimated that only 18% of breast cancer survivors are able to meet the Society's recommended intake. The numbers are even lower among women
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