Registered dietitian Brooke DeBeck serves as an instructor with the Mary Free Bed Cancer + Wellness Program, which provides holistic education for people at all stages of their cancer journey; newly diagnosed, in treatment and post treatment.
Brooke encourages people to learn more about the relationship between diet and cancer, and other health concerns.
“It’s not really one food that’s going to decrease your risk for disease, but a variety of foods,” says Brooke, who recommends finding creative new ways to make fruits and vegetables a dietary staple.
The emotional component of a holistic support group also enhances a cancer patient’s well-being, Brooke says.
“A big draw and big benefit of joining something like the Cancer + Wellness Program is getting out and getting into a group of people who are going through a similar experience,” Brooke says. “It can be very isolating and very scary to be going through such a big event by yourself. Get into a group. Get that support.”
Cancer + Wellness is an innovative pilot program fusing gentle exercise with nutritional education. It’s funded through Mary Free Bed and a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Meet Brooke in the third episode of our ongoing video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program.
You can learn more about holistic living at the Hot Sand Volleyball Tournament & Wellness Day Speaker Series on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon.