Dietitians and staff will provide information and recipes for antioxidant-rich ingredients
Hospital food service staff and dietitians will be sporting pink hats, gloves and kerchiefs in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month at Desert Regional Medical Center, but more importantly they will be educating patrons and hospital employees about cancer prevention each Friday during the month.
Nicole Verner, a registered dietitian at the hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be available in the cafeteria on Friday, Oct. 5, to share recipes and answer questions about the latest thinking on how diet may affect your risk of getting cancer. Other café staff will be promoting dishes high in antioxidants, the components of food that may help in the body’s ability to ward off cancer.
“October is an important month for us at the Comprehensive Cancer Center,” Verner said. “We thought that these lunchtime events would be a fun and educational way to raise awareness about cancer prevention.”
The Friday special events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Desert Palms Café adjacent to the main lobby. The Desert Palms Café is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“Our chef and food service staff here at the Desert Palms Café love to find ways to help promote health and nutrition because it fits with our mission at the hospital,” said Rick Tinsley, director of food and nutrition services at Desert Regional Medical Center. “Our chef Erwin will have special recipes at his demonstration station in the center of the cafeteria each Friday to feature antioxidant-rich foods.”
Other staff from the Comprehensive Cancer Center will rotate through the month to answer questions during lunch, including a Breast Center technologist and a nurse.