Food as Medicine

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

310. Seeds of Hope: Garden-Based Interventions Improve Health Outcomes for Cancer Survivors

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 3 - Advanced

The number of cancer survivors in the United States will grow to over 25 million in the next decade. Remarkably, over 50% of cancer survivors are overweight; 80% eat less than 2.5 cups of produce a day; and over 50% are inactive. These factors contribute to high risk of cancer recurrence, comorbidity, and all-cause mortality. Yet the encounter with cancer provides a “teachable moment”--an appreciation for health and an opportunity for empowerment. A major obstacle to supporting survivors during their post-treatment journey is that, though there are evidence-based guidelines for survivorship care, strategies for achieving durable changes in behavior are still being explored. There is a need for comprehensive and holistic lifestyle interventions that are feasible, effective, and sustainable. This presentation will guide dietetic practitioners through the development, implementation, and evaluation of several theory-driven and garden-based interventions resulting in improved health outcomes for survivors.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5150 - Cancer (disease/disorder)
  • 4090 - Health behaviors: smoking cessation, stress management
  • 4040 - Disease prevention

Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND

Dr. Colleen Spees serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics & Health Sciences, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an active member of OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds academic appointments in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE).

Dr. Spees' primary focus of research involves targeting biobehavioral interventions aimed at providing optimal nutrition for at-risk cancer survivors. Her current federally-funded studies target modifiable lifestyle behaviors associated with cancer prevention and survivorship at the Garden of Hope (http://go.osu/edu/hope).

Dr. Spees is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, active member the Oncology DPG's Nutrition Access and Cancer Health Outcomes Committee, recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Practice Award and Award for Excellence in Oncology Nutrition Research. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year Award from OSU’s College of Medicine and was recently appointed to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Guidelines for Dietary and Physical Activity for both Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

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Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Diana Dyer’s career has spanned the full dietetics spectrum, from her early clinical work in ICU’s during the 1970's to starting her own organic farm in 2009 where she has enjoyed educating dietetic students and interns through the Hunger & Environmental Nutrition DPG's School to Farm Program. She is also a 3-time cancer survivor, treated for childhood cancer neuroblastoma and breast cancer at ages 34 and 45. In 1997, Diana began a private practice and website (CancerRD.com) to provide information and inspiration for cancer survivors. She also wrote and self-published her book A Dietitian’s Cancer Story describing her holistic approach to cancer survivorship with proceeds being donated since 2000 to The Diana Dyer Cancer Survivors' Nutrition and Cancer Research Endowment at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) to support research focused on defining optimal nutritional and lifestyle strategies for cancer survivors. In addition to multiple national and local committee and speaking invitations, Diana has also served on the Oncology Nutrition DPG Board and received numerous awards, including the ON DPG’s Distinguished Practice Award and the HEN DPG's Award of Excellence.

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Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND

Dr. Colleen Spees serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics & Health Sciences, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition, she is an active member of OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds academic appointments in both the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE).

Dr. Spees' primary focus of research involves targeting biobehavioral interventions aimed at providing optimal nutrition for at-risk cancer survivors. Her current federally-funded studies target modifiable lifestyle behaviors associated with cancer prevention and survivorship at the Garden of Hope (http://go.osu/edu/hope).

Dr. Spees is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, active member the Oncology DPG's Nutrition Access and Cancer Health Outcomes Committee, recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Practice Award and Award for Excellence in Oncology Nutrition Research. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year Award from OSU’s College of Medicine and was recently appointed to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Guidelines for Dietary and Physical Activity for both Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

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Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

Dr. Demark-Wahnefried began her career in cancer research at Duke and was on faculty for 17 years, then was recruited to MD Anderson. In 2010, she was recruited as the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has led 9 NIH-funded clinical trials of diet and physical activity interventions in cancer patients and survivors. Her research has resulted in well over 250 publications and recognition as a Komen Professor of Survivorship and an American Cancer Society (ACS) Clinical Research Professor. She has served or currently serves on many committees, including the ACS Guidelines Panel for Nutrition and Physical Activity, World Cancer Research Fund, American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines Panel for Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors, American Society of Clinical Oncology Committee on Cancer Survivorship and Energy Balance, and the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Demark-Wahnefried is the current recipient of a National Cancer Institute supported grant (R01 CA201362) aimed at testing the benefits of a vegetable gardening intervention among 426 older cancer survivors across the state of Alabama.

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