Overlake hosts local cancer-prevention event

June 14, 2011

By Staff

One hundred and fifty people attended the Learn and Live Well Cancer Prevention Event presented by Overlake Hospital Medical Center on June 11 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Garrett Knapp, doctor of physical therapy with Overlake Hospital, shares information about body mass index testing. By Jill Green

Participants visited booths and listened to presentations about reducing stress, making exercise easy, and helping prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

Pam Rock, director of Overlake’s Cancer Center, said the hospital has a real commitment to providing education events to the public.

“Our hope for this event is to increase awareness of choices people can make to reduce their chances of cancer,” she said.

Keynote speaker Zonya Foco, a registered dietician and certified health and fitness instructor, kicked off the presentations with her talk “Fight Cancer with Your Fork.” She offered tips about cancer-fighting foods and nutrition, and stressed the importance of knowing the balance of carcinogenic foods, like sugars and processed meats, and cancer-preventing foods, like fruits and vegetables.

“My No. 1 nutritional tip is to quit kidding ourselves that three or four servings of fruits and vegetables a day are good enough,” she said.

She recommends nine to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

“Never have a bowl of cereal without blueberries or bananas. And instead of scrambled eggs alone, add spinach or tomatoes,” she said. “Eat often, and include a fruit or vegetable each time you snack.”

Erica Rayner-Horn, who has a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and works with Mindful Therapy in Seattle, then spoke about mediation for health. During her presentation, she led the audience through a breathing exercise for relaxation.

Lexi Harlow, doctor of physical therapy with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Garrett Knapp, doctor of physical therapy with Overlake Hospital, gave the final presentation about preventing cancer through physical activity.

Garrett said most people are aware that exercise improves the overall quality of life. He said research also shows, “you can lower your risk of developing cancer in your lifetime with a healthy and physically active lifestyle.”

After the presentations, participants had the opportunity to meet the presenters at their booths, and receive free food samples, free body mass index testing and were able to ask questions at the “Ask The Doc” booth.

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