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Event to focus on connection between healthy eating, cancer

by Katie Stacy
Public Relations
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 left, American Cancer 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, 2011

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