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Community grantee spotlight: Cancer prevention on the Standing Rock Reservation

Posted by Rebecca Evans on October 18th, 2013 | No Comments »

Community Outreach - Prevent Cancer has been making a difference in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities since 2007 through grants that support powwows, traditional food guides and numerous other cancer prevention projects. Our grants have enabled groups across Indian Country to implement cancer initiatives tailored to their individual communities. According to the Intercultural Cancer Council, the AI/AN community includes more than 560 federally recognized tribes and a wide range of languages, beliefs and cultures. There are over 200 Native American languages spoken today, and most do not include a word for “cancer.” Based in Mandan, North Dakota, Custer Health was awarded one of four 2013 Community Grants. The group’s project, entitled “Standing Rock Reservation Men’s and Women’s Cancer Center Education and Screening," aims to address low screening rates on the reservation, which covers more than 3,500 square miles, spanning both North and South Dakota. With its $10,000 grant, Custer Health will hold both lunch-and-learn sessions for 150 and men and women’s health days that include cancer screenings. I recently caught up with the project’s director, and we discussed this project. Cancer prevention education and health promotion are the focus of the lunch sessions. “So far we have reached 75 women and men through ...


Q&A with Peter Schenk, LifeSpan Fitness Owner and President

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Events - One thousand and five hundred walkers and runners and 112 volunteers made this year’s Prevent Cancer 5k the most successful yet – but not without the help of our generous sponsors. LifeSpan Fitness has been the Prevent Cancer 5k exclusive fitness sponsor for the past two years. LifeSpan Fitness designs health and fitness products that can be used anywhere – at home, at the gym, at work or outdoors. Over the past two years, they have ...

Healthy recipe: Pomodoro pasta with white beans & olives

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications Assistant on October 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Pomodoro Pasta with White Beans and Olives

Healthy Eating - Yield: 2 servings, 2 cups each Servings: 2 Active time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Recipe description: In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, capture the flavor of vine-ripened tomatoes with this elegant-yet-quick, fresh tomato sauce. Although it's an uncooked sauce, the beans are heated briefly in the olive oil and garlic to infuse them with flavor. Recipe ingredients: 1. 4 ounces whole-wheat pasta shells, tubetti, ziti or rigatoni 2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3. 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed 4. 1 large ...

Volunteer dentist provides free oral cancer screenings at Iowa State Fair

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Community Outreach - Chad Johnson, a dentist from Pleasant Hill, Iowa (near Des Moines) considers volunteering in his community an important part of being a dental professional and a role model to colleagues. We are so lucky that he has been part of our volunteer team at the Iowa State Fair Health Awareness and Cancer Screening Booth for the past few years! This project partners Prevent Cancer Foundation with the John Stoddard Cancer Center at Unity Point Health, ...