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For National Nutrition Month(R), Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center Offers 10 Healthy Food Substitutions
ZION, IL --(Marketwired - March 02, 2016) - Eating healthy is an important part of recovery during and after cancer treatment. But beyond those battling the disease, The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends eating a plant-based diet and maintaining a healthy body weight, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. That's why, for National Nutrition Month®, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in suburban Chicago, created a list of the top 10 healthy food substitution tips to help spring clean your recipes.
Registered oncology dietitian at CTCA® at Midwestern Amy Musselman, MS, RD, CSO, believes that March is the perfect time for spring cleaning in the kitchen, and with a little bit of willpower and proper education, a person can make healthier meal choices. "It is important to limit processed foods and move towards a plant-based diet," said Musselman. "Diets high in plant foods contain fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants. This may reduce the risk of certain cancer types and recurrence."
Below, Musselman offers 10 healthy food substitutions to consider as the spring season draws near:
Eating a plant-based diet may help improve overall health and possibly reduce a person's risk for cancer and other diseases. In addition, it may improve energy, help with weight maintenance and possibly improve overall appearance (i.e., brighter eyes or stronger nails). It's also important to watch portions and eat slowly, savoring each bite. Lastly, couple a healthy diet with roughly 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
Musselman provides nutritional support to patients going through cancer treatment at CTCA at Midwestern. For more information about the care Musselman provides, visit cancercenter.com.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-based complementary therapies that support patients physically and emotionally, enhancing their quality of life while reducing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Consistently rated among U.S. hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care and patient experience, CTCA provides patients and their families with comprehensive information about their treatment options and encourages their active participation in treatment decisions. For more information, visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is a landmark in cancer care that uses advanced technology and precision medicine to offer treatment for adult patients battling cancer. The 72-bed hospital combines innovative conventional medical treatments with evidence-based integrative oncology services to deliver whole-person care. CTCA® at Midwestern is a Magnet Recognized® hospital, ranking among the top centers in the nation for nursing excellence. The hospital is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing and Administration. CTCA at Midwestern also holds high honors as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™, recognized by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC®). For more information, visit www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.
About National Nutrition Month®
Celebrated each March, National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, focusing on providing the general public with healthy eating and lifestyle habits. In addition, Registered Dietitian Day is celebrated on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.