The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival

Cost: 4 Class Session / $100 (4 classes @ $25 each)

Kids Health Classes Series (once a week / 4 weeks)

The Power of Food for Kids Health  (for children 9-12 years old)

The Power of Food for Healthy Weight Management

KickStart Your Health (once a week/ 5 weeks)

Cost:  5 Class Session / $125 (5 classes @ $25 each) or Couples 20% Discount is $200 per couple

​Includes: 15-20 minute DVD lecture by Dr. Neal Barnard, discussion & tips, live cooking demo, and lots of food

        

Cost: 4 Series Session/ $100 (4 classes @ $25 each) or Couples 20% Discount is $160 per couple

​Includes: 15-20 minute DVD lecture by Dr. Neal Barnard, discussion & tips, live cooking demo, and lots of food

        

Featured Class Topics:

  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
  • Fueling Up on Low-Fat, High-Fiber Foods
  • Favoring Fiber
  • Discovering Dairy Alternatives
  • Replacing Meat
  • Cancer-Fighting Compounds and Immune-Boosting Foods
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight


Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping cancer survivors to live longer, healthier lives. Numerous studies have shown that a diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any diet plan. Reviews by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed that as much as 40% of cancer risk may be related to diet. The Food for Life: Cancer Project classes offer a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge about the link between diet and cancer, experience the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and learn the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. 

The health problems faced by our youth today are unlike any in the past. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Poor diet and lack of exercise put today's children at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. A foundation for healthy eating at a young age is needed to lessen the risk for chronic disease.

 

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, the curriculum highlights the positives of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables) in the Power Plate (http://www.thepowerplate.org). Children ages 9-12 are exposed to the great taste and health benefits of eating a plant-based diet through kid-friendly recipes. The curriculum aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Featured Class Topics:

  • Bang-up Breakfasts
  • In-Betweener Meals and Sweeter Deals
  • Rainbow Lunches
  • Digging These Dinners

In the Food for Life: Kids Health classes, each child receives a workbook filled with activities and worksheets focused on nutrition and several recipes, many of which will be demonstrated in class.

In a public health climate where 68% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese and millions have diabetes, the need for a lifestyle change is greater than it has ever been.

 

The Food for Life: Kickstart Your Health curriculum is based on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart online program (http://www.21daykickstart.org). The online Kickstart program has helped thousands of people adopt a plant-based diet to reach their health goals.

 

Depending on one's perspective, the Food for Life: Kickstart Your Health classes are about losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or simply embracing an overall healthful diet. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting amounts of food, but rather choosing the right food, has been the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. Lower cholesterol, better disease control, lower blood pressure, as well as improvements in energy and mood are some of the many benefits people experience on this diet.

 

The Food for Life: Kickstart Your Health classes offer a chance to discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. In the classes, attendees do all of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration of healthful dishes in a supportive setting.

Featured Class Topics:

  • Power of Your Plate
  • Let's Go!
  • Getting in Gear
  • Breaking the Food Seduction
  • Keys for Natural Appetite Control
  • Digestive Health
  • Healthy Blood Pressure

Featured Class Topics:

  • Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • The Power of Your Plate and Grocery Store Cart
  • Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
  • Using the Glycemic Index
  • Keeping a Healthy Heart
  • Diabetes Care from Head to Toe
  • Making it Work for You

A well planned plant-based diet has many nutritional benefits and has been demonstrated to be as acceptable as the portion-controlled diet for diabetes management. A plant-based diet has also been endorsed by the American Dietetic Association and described as a safe choice in the 2009 American Diabetes Association's Standards of Care for Diabetes.

Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. Eleven percent of the U.S. adult population has diabetes (up from 8 percent in 2007), and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.

 

The goal of the Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members, with new information and skills. Each class offers a cooking demonstration of health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes. 

Diabetes Initiative Series (once a week/ 4 weeks)

The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Cost: 4 Series Session/ $100 (4 classes @ $25 each) ​or Couples 20% Discount is $160 per couple

Includes:15-20 minute DVD lecture by Dr. Neal Barnard, discussion & tips, live cooking demo, and lots of food

        

Cancer Prevention Series (once a week/ 4 weeks)