Eat your vegetables

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).