Along with promoting early detection of cancer, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition also offers programs that can benefit those who have not been diagnosed but have risk factors for it or other diseases.
The Yes2Health program is available to men and women who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes as well as someone with a body mass index of 30 or above, said Amanda Perdue, Yes2Health manager.
“Each program establishes a nurturing, supportive and safe environment for those struggling with health issues that put them at risk of developing breast cancer or other chronic illnesses,” she said.
This fall, DBCC will offer Yes2Health in the Kitchen with Chef Dee Iraca, founder of Eat Well Chef.
Iraca is a registered dietitian nutritionist and professional chef in North Carolina. She earned a Culinary Nutrition degree from Johnson & Wales University, completing her dietetic internship at Meredith College.
Yes2Health in the Kitchen
The free program is offered online, with each class lasting 30 minutes as participants will learn a new culinary skill while preparing a healthy recipe.
Already scheduled are: Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., Taco Tuesday; Oct. 10 at noon, two ways to make the perfect chicken breast; Oct. 28 at noon, vinaigrette dressing; Nov. 2, a quick and healthy breakfast; Nov. 29 at 6 p.m., how to poach fish.
All Yes2Health programs are offered online via Zoom.
Choose Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. , with classes from Sept. 14 through Nov. 30.
Register for Yes2Health in the Kitchen by emailing Perdue at [email protected].
Upon registration, recipes and a shopping list are provided.
“I have lost eight pounds in the last five weeks,” one participant said. “My doctor was so impressed with my results that he said to keep doing what I am doing. I am thankful for the Yes2Health Program.”
Others have found that Yes2Heatlh gives them the motivation they need to continue living a healthy lifestyle.
“I was looking for positive support and there were several women in the group who are a couple of years out from their treatment,” another participant said. “They are doing well and are happy and talking with them is uplifting.”
“We also offer walk-Ups, a great way to meet and interact with other Yes2Health participants,” Perdue said.
They are held at various times and locations, including Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with walkers meeting in the parking lot of Old World Bread in Lewes; on Sept. 28 , 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., walkers will meet in the parking lot of Crossroads Community Church in Georgetown; In New Castle County, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., walkers will meet at Battery Park at the end of the pier by the circle; in Kent County, Walkers will meet at Brecknock County Park in Camden Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m.
Registraion for the walk-ups is at http://debreastcancer.org/programs/yes2health/.
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