Through the support of a Prevent Cancer Foundation community grant, 7,200 African Americans in urban and rural areas in 11 states will receive cookbooks with healthy lifestyle tips on diet, exercise and cancer screening.
With a $10,000 grant from the Foundation, staff at the Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, have been collecting tips from African American women in Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. When the cookbook is finished, 18 community coalitions will help with distribution.
The “Down Home Healthy Living Cookbook” is being developed as an educational resource for a multi-state colorectal cancer screening intervention. Tips like using the palm of one’s hand to measure portion sizes will help provide practical action steps for living healthier lives. The cookbook will also include information on ways to stay active and incorporate whole grains into meals.
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates among any racial/ethnic group.
“The Prevent Cancer Foundation community grant has allowed us to incorporate the voices of women into this cookbook. The tips belong to the women. They believe in them and therefore are much more likely to adopt them and achieve their goals for healthier diets and exercise,” said Dr. Selina Smith, Director of the Institute of Public & Preventive Health at Georgia Regents University.
The Foundation is proud to support this 2014 community grant project and help make a difference in African American communities by promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and screening.