Health Forum focus will be prevention of cancer, osteoporosis

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2004

Preventing cancer and osteoporosis are the topics of this year's Women's Health Forum, set for Saturday at Centennial Hall. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"One of the things we want to convey in this year's forum is that cancer is not a death sentence anymore," said Maureen Longworth, a Juneau doctor who specializes in holistic medicine and family practice. "We can prevent cancer, detect cancer early and live with cancer."

Dietitian Diana Dyer will talk about her food plan for people who live with cancer or want to prevent it.

Dyer's master's degree in nutritional sciences and dietetic internship were completed at the University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin Hospital, respectively. Between cancer diagnoses, she has spent her 20-year career as a dietitian working in hospitals around the Midwest, specializing in nutritional care for the critically ill patient.

She is the author of "A Dietitian's Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing from a 3-time Cancer Survivor."

"Diana will talk about how to use conventional and alternative medicine to achieve nutrition and spiritual well-being," said Tiffany Andres, a dietitian at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

Andres will make and give out free samples of "Diana's Super Soy and Phyto-chemical Shake" at the forum.

Women's Health Forum

Theme: Nutrition for the prevention and survivorship of cancer and osteoporosis

Activities: Booths that offer information about women's health and free blood-sugar and blood-pressure checkup

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Centennial Hall

Admission and lunch are free.

For more information, call Cancer Connection at 796-CARE.

Jon Reiswig, a local orthopedic surgeon, will talk about how to prevent osteoporosis.

The Women's Health Forum was started about seven years ago by Cancer Connection. Formerly known as the Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation, it is a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients and their families in Southeast.

Every year, about 400 people participate in the free event, which includes lunch.

To demonstrate a healthy and balanced meal, participants will have have a lunch of salmon chowder, broccoli and garbanzo bean salad, multi-grain bread and chocolate tofu mousse.

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