Oregon Cancer Foundation is partnering with Positive Community Kitchen (PCK) and Whole Foods Market to offer free monthly classes on healthy eating and nutrition to cancer survivors and their families.
“Cancer treatment can be hard on a patient’s body and eating nutritious food is important for good health and for healing,” says OCF’s executive director Amy Johnston. “We want to make it easier for patients, survivors and their families to choose healthy foods by teaching them how to prepare them and how to shop for seasonal, fresh items on a budget.”
Positive Community Kitchen board president Shanna Hutton leads the classes, offering nutrition information and demonstrating tasty ways to prepare meals that are gluten-free and feature seasonal ingredients. PCK is a nonprofit in Eugene that prepares and delivers nutrient-rich, organic meals to people fighting life-threatening illnesses. As a former head chef for the organization, Shanna is excited to provide these classes in the local community.
“Our main goal is to bridge what’s healthy with what tastes good and educate people who may be intimidated or unsure about how to prepare healthy foods,” she says. “Our hope is that these classes will make cooking more accessible and leave people feeling more welcome and comfortable in the kitchen.”
Upcoming classes will be held on the third Wednesday of the month through December, with the exception of the August class which will be held on the fourth Wednesday, Aug. 23. The classes will run from 6:30-7:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Whole Foods Market, located at 353 E. Broadway in Eugene.
“At Whole Foods Market, we believe that eating real food is vital for optimum health and well-being,” says Sarah Heth, Marketing and Community Relations Liaison for Whole Foods Market Eugene. “By partnering with Oregon Cancer Foundation and Positive Community Kitchen, we are providing an opportunity for patients, survivors and their caregivers to learn more about the positive impact food choices can have to maximize personal health and long-term wellness.”
The classes are free to attend, but due to space limitations, registration is required.