August 13, 2012
Healthy Eating Classes to Start
The Eating for Health! series will again be offered to cancer patients and the general public through a partnership of Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University and the Lincoln Land Community College Culinary Institute.
The series is part of LLCC’s efforts to educate the community about eating fresh, local foods. LLCC Chef Denise Perry will teach a series of four, non-credit classes on a variety of topics during the fall semester. All classes will be offered in the LLCC-Workforce Careers Center on the Springfield campus.
During “Raw Foods,” the topic of the first class, Perry will discuss methods of food dehydration, juicing and simple raw foods recipes. It will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23.
Participants in the “Healthy Snacks” class will learn how to add granola, seeds, nuts and dried fruits to recipes for great taste and flavor. This class will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.
The “Cruciferous Vegetables” course will discuss vegetables other than the mainstream broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Attendees will learn how to buy, prepare and incorporate these healthy foods into meals. The class is scheduled from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 17.
“Winter Squash” is the fourth class. Participants will learn about the many varieties of winter squash, shopping and preparation. It is offered from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14.
The classes are free to those who have been diagnosed with cancer and their guest. They can register by calling Kristi Lessen at 217-545-7493 weekdays. Cost for the general public is $19 per class; space is limited. Members of the public may register by calling LLCC Registration Services at 217-786-2292.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the U. S. National Institutes of Health, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of some of the most common cancers in the United States may be related to being overweight and/or to a lack of physical activity. Additionally, recent NCI studies indicate that obesity and being overweight may increase the risk of death from many cancers — up to 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women.
The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.