February 24, 2011
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is sponsoring a free Wellness Lunch'n Learn program about nutrition and colon cancer prevention and awareness at noon Tuesday, March 1 in the Amphitheater at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple. All Veterans and the public are invited.
The program is being held in observance of National Nutrition Month and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Statistics show more than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer occurred in the U.S. in 2009 with most cases occurring in people with no family history of colon cancer. Colon cancer is most prevalent in Westernized societies whose diets are higher in animal products and processed foods but lower in unrefined plant foods. Studies suggest that diet is a key contributor to colon cancer risk.
"Taking into consideration that everyone can make changes to their diet to help minimize their risk colon cancer is important," said CTVHCS Director Thomas Smith. "So, I encourage Veterans and the public to attend Tuesdays program to hear our VA dietitians share information about what foods can help keep you and your family healthy."
The Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center is located at 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive in Temple.
Media wishing to attend should contact Deborah Meyer at (254) 534-0304.