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 of lower socioeconomic standing, which was noted in the study's sample of Hispanic breast cancer survivors in New York City. Thanks to CFYL's intensive and practical lessons, those who attended the program were able to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables by over 2.5 servings a day, amounting to an average improved intake of 6.8 servings per day. CFYL was founded by Ann Ogden-Gaffney, a two-time survivor of kidney and breast cancer. With its culturally-sensitive ¡Cocinar Para Su Salud! program, Latina survivors who are overweight/obese, physically inactive, and of low socioeconomic status are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to take control of their health. "Many of the women who too
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