It's the three magic words every parent says to a child, and every doctor says to a patient. It's widely recognized as one of the keys to good health, but few people realize that a vegetable-heavy diet can be the most effective form of cancer prevention.
University of Arizona Cancer Center member Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO, is at the forefront of nutrition-related cancer prevention research, and her latest work is being recognized as a major advancement in the field.
Dr. Thomson has been selected as a winner of the 2011 Huddleson Award for her manuscript, "A Systematic Review of Behavioral Interventions to Promote Intake of Fruit and Vegetables," published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (now the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).
This prestigious award honors a registered dietitian who was the lead author of a peer-reviewed article that made an important contribution to the dietetics profession and was published in the Journal during the previous calendar year. The award, bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, is named for Mary Pascoe Huddleson, Editor of the Journal from 1927 to 1946. Thomson will be presented with the award at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), in Philadelphia in October 2012.
“Many of the compounds and bioactive chemicals that occur naturally in vegetables and fruit act to protect us against cancer,” Dr. Thomson said in an interview for the Winter, 2012 edition of our Act Against Cancer publication. “Many of the medicines we use to treat people are derived from these foods.”
Dr. Thomson stresses that preparing a veggie-heavy meal doesn't need to be a chore, and it can pack a punch in the taste department. Many of the tastiest meals she prepares for her family include little more than a collection of various vegetables (the more colors, the better) steamed in the microwave with a damp paper towel covering them.
"It's easier than most people think, and the health benefits are scientifically proven," Thomson said.
• Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO, wins 2011 Huddleson Award - (UACC News, June 20, 2012)
• Food as medicine - (Act Against Cancer, Feb. 6, 2012)