Jun 29, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Lisa Anderson

Shopping for cancer-fighting foods just got easier, thanks to a partnership between Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and Harmons Grocery. The partnership came out of the organizations’ shared interest in teaching the public about healthy eating and how it can help prevent cancer and other diseases.

“Diet plays a big role in the development of many types of cancer,” says HCI community outreach coordinator Garrett Harding. In fact, about one-third of cancer diagnoses are attributed to poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, eating healthy may increase your responsiveness to treatment, reduce complications, and improve your quality of life.

But information about healthy eating can be overwhelming, says Harmons dietitian Jonnell Masson. “People get to the store and they think, ‘How do I translate this information?’”

So HCI cancer prevention experts and Harmons dietitians developed a shopping list based on the American Institute for Cancer Research’s Foods That Fight Cancer. These foods have been shown in scientific studies to have cancer-fighting effects.

“The Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List is a great way to add prevention to your kitchen,” says Harding. “This is a great resource for shoppers to stock up on cancer-fighting ingredients and help maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

“In partnering with Harmons,” Harding continues, “we hope that individual shoppers will see that even small changes in their dietlike incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetablesmay significantly improve future health outcomes.”

The Cancer-Fighting Foods Shopping List is available in all 16 Utah Harmons locations and online.

Lisa Anderson

Huntsman Cancer Institute

cancer prevention nutrition

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