The Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy sessions at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center have caught the eye of Donna Krug, who strongly encourages people to eat well-balanced, healthy meals in her professional and personal lives.
As the Barton County family and consumer science agent, Krug has been sharing research-based, healthy-living information to local and area residents for 25 years.
The next Kitchen Therapy one-hour session is set for noon Thursday, June 19 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.
“My husband and I have attended two of the Kitchen Therapy sessions so far,” Krug said, noting they will participate in more as schedules allow. “I encourage anyone interested in healthy-meal preparation to take advantage of these opportunities.”
Kitchen Therapy is a Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) program, which was designed with cancer patients in mind. However, organizers said, the nutritional advice is appropriate for anyone.
St. Rose is a member of MCA, the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Two University of Kansas Medical Center dietitians demonstrate a few recipes during the interactive televideo presentations and samples are usually available for tasting.
Part of Krug’s job is to encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes making choices about what kind of food to eat.
“One of our options is eating food that gives our bodies a chance to heal,” Krug noted. “This applies to everyone, whether they have cancer or any other disease. St. Rose is allowing us to see what KU dietitians recommend to their patients.
“This is a great opportunity to consider making changes that could help us achieve our goals of health and well-being,” she continued. “The food we eat is our responsibility and makes a difference in how we feel, as well as our outlook on life.”
Those who try the recipes could win a prize such as a cookbook, apron or $25 Walmart gift card. To enter the contest, let MCA know how the creations turned out and post photos on its Facebook page – www.facebook.com/midwestcanceralliance — or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view recipes, visit www.midwestcanceralliance.org/mcaoutreach.
St. Rose is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals and families across western Kansas and Colorado with more than 6,000 physicians, 15 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, physician practices and clinics, and home-care and hospice services.