|Event to focus on connection between healthy eating,
by Katie Stacy
Hollings Cancer Center’s “Research and Recipes for Results” will focus
on the connection between eating healthy and preventing cancer.
Sponsors for the “Research and Recipes for Results” event include
Ashley Cashon, first row from
Society; Debbie Bryant, Hollings
Cancer Center; and Nikki Barthelemy, Integrative Cancer Care. Second
row from left: William Vanderhorst, Arabian Temple #139; Andy Walker,
Sigma Phi Pi; Joe Wright, Mu Alpha of Omega Psi Phi; and Jim Etheredge,
Hollings Cancer Center
The free event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 at the International
Longshoreman’s Association on 1142 Morrison Drive. There will be
several guest speakers, including local cancer research experts and
cancer survivors who will share their stories as a prime example of the
importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Debbie Bryant, assistant director of cancer prevention and control and
outreach, said they chose February’s Black History Month and
Valentine’s Day weekend as the perfect time to focus on an event that
supports the community in making healthy lifestyles choices.
“The mission is to support and promote cancer education, awareness and
research initiatives in the community,” she said.
They will explore the link between obesity and the health issues of
cancer, heart disease and diabetes, conditions that are among the
leading cause of death in the state. “South Carolina has significant
geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in diseases such as cancer,
diabetes, heart disease, and stroke,” said Marvella Ford, Ph.D.,
associate professor. “Lifestyle factors such as diet and physical
activity are associated with these diseases. Nutrition and physical
activity can help to prevent disease from occurring and can help to
improve disease outcomes once a diagnosis has been made. Examples of
ways to make these lifestyle changes include eating more fruits and
vegetables, moving more instead of sitting for long periods of time,
taking at least 10,000 steps per day, and drinking more water.” The
event also will be the
community kick-off for the Compass Project.
Bryant said they are excited to see the community interest in the
project’s goal of creating an environment that includes being smoke
free, becoming more active and having a healthy diet.
“The unique aspect of this project and our first event is the
partnership that’s been created with over 25 local social, civic, and
fraternal organizations pledged to creating opportunities of social
change in our community.”
For information, call Jim Etheredge, 792-8192 or e-mail
Friday, Feb. 4,