Cancer Institute of New Jersey Experts Discuss Diet and Cancer Prevention During National Nutrition Month®

Article ID: 599537

Released: 25-Feb-2013 8:00 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

March is National Nutrition Month®

Experts from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Available to Comment on Importance of Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

Newswise — New Brunswick, N.J., February 25, 2013 – March is National Nutrition Month®. “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” is the national theme for this year’s month-long reminder that good nutrition is essential for your health. Throughout the month, experts from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey will be available to discuss the importance of a healthy diet and its role in cancer prevention. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey--Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

National Nutrition Month®: Annually sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), National Nutrition Month® aims to spotlight the importance of healthy eating habits, better food choices, and maintaining a physically active lifestyle.

According to the most recent American Cancer Society (ACS) Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention, the following recommendations were made to ensure a healthier lifestyle:• Achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout life• Adopt a physically active lifestyle • Consume a healthier diet, with an emphasis on plant foods• If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption • For more information, visit: ACS Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention

Experts from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey available for comment include:

Elisa Bandera, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an associate professor of epidemiology at both UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-School of Public Health, is a leading researcher in diet and cancer prevention and can speak on the links between nutrition and cancer risk. Dr. Bandera was a member of the ACS 2012 Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention, which developed the Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention.

“Weight control, physical activity, and diet are among the most important components of cancer prevention. If people realize that by simply altering their eating habits and adopting a more physically active lifestyle they can lower their risk of cancer, many lives can be spared,” said Bandera, who was also involved in the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) Second Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer and is currently serving as a member of the WCRF/AICR Continuous Update Expert Panel, which aims to issue international dietary recommendations for cancer prevention (www.wcrf.org).

Kristin Waldron, RD, is a registered dietitian at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey who is able to comment on the importance of nutrition while dealing with cancer. She works with cancer patients on developing a proper diet to complement their treatment regimen to help avoid common side effects such as nausea. She also works with patients who have completed treatment to develop a diet that would help prevent a recurrence of cancer. Waldron also can discuss the role nutrition plays in the overall prevention of cancer.

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