COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nutrition experts and chefs with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) are taking their nutrition expertise on the road to educate the public about healthy, cancer-preventing foods and how to prepare these foods in tasty ways with the launch of its new Mobile Education Kitchen.
Not your average food truck, the Mobile Education Kitchen was created to educate the public about health and wellness from foods in general, with a focus on nutrition as it relates to cancer risk-reduction through food. This includes directing specific attention to the American Institute for Cancer Research’s nutritional recommendations and demonstrating flavor-filled ways these foods can be prepared.
“It is one thing to tell people how they should eat for optimal health, but teaching them how to cook these foods in a tasty way that results in real diet changes that are sustainable and wanted is a very different thing. That is where change happens,” says Jim Warner, an OSUCCC – James chef involved in the project.
The Mobile Education Kitchen was funded with a $500,000 gift by Celebration for Life, an annual event chaired by Judy and Steve Tuckerman. Celebration for Life benefits The James Fund for Life, an annual fund that was established by Abigail and Les Wexner. This event has raised more than $17.7 million dollars since its inception in 2002, which has purchased crucial technologies and equipment for cancer research and patient care.
The mobile kitchen will travel to community festivals, fairs, athletic events and other consumer events to deliver hands-on nutrition education in places where the public gathers. The team – which includes chefs and dietitians as well as Ohio State students completing dietetic internships – will offer cooking demonstrations, food samples and nutrition information to event attendees.
Amanda J. Harper
OSUCCC – James Media Relations