What are the Nutritional Needs of Cancer Survivors?

February 10, 2016 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

I am working with Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, and other colleagues at Tufts University on the following study. The following is some information from Fang Fang about the survey goals and how to participate:

Cancer Survivors are highly motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health. However, a recent study comparing cancer survivors’ dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short. People who have survived cancer eat fewer green vegetables and whole grains than people without a history of cancer do. Survivors also weren’t getting enough fiber, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium or calcium, and were taking in too much sugar, fat and sodium, as defined by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cancer Survivors Often Have Poor Diets, Which Cancer Affect Their Long-Term Health http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/PressRelease/pressReleaseId-121044.html

What influences cancer survivors’ eating patterns?  The research team at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University is conducting a survey to understand cancer survivors’ nutritional needs and the challenges they are facing in making healthy food choices.

They Need Your Help! Visit http://ow.ly/VZkWE to take a short survey (10 minutes) and contribute to this important research! Your support will help advance research to meet the nutritional needs of the growing population of cancer survivors.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Tufts research team at CARESurvey@tufts.edu, or through Twitter @CARE_study and Facebook (Cancer Survivors Heathy Eating – CARE Study).  Principal Investigator: Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, Tufts University

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Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM

Lisa GualtieriLisa Gualtieri is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Digital Health Communication. Lisa teaches Designing Health Campaigns using Social Media, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design, and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. Contact Lisa: lisa.gualtieri@tufts.edu

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