Kitchen Therapy continues success; next session scheduled at St. Rose

(Great Bend, Kas.) - A Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) official has noticed the growing success of one of its programs at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center and encourages even more local residents to join in.

Brooke Groneman, director of outreach, noted that St. Rose is the first MCA member to offer the Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy program outside of Kansas City. These free monthly presentations began early this year and the next is set for noon July 17 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.

St. Rose has done a terrific job of informing and involving the community, Groneman said. Participation just keeps growing and we encourage our regulars and newcomers to attend.

During the one-hour interactive televideo programs, dietitians at The University of Kansas Medical Center discuss and prepare recipes, and answer questions from the audience.

Their recipes have very specific health benefits for cancer patients, as well as those with chronic diseases and people who just want to lead a healthier lifestyle, Groneman commented. As they prepare the dishes, they explain how ingredients such as ginger, garlic and kale help with nausea, lack of energy and digestion.

Kitchen Therapy is just one of the ways St. Rose uses its MCA membership to benefit cancer patients in the region, Groneman noted.

For example, St. Rose also is enrolling patients in MCAs clinical trials; offering residents the free Turning Point health and wellness programs; and providing second opinions through The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Central Kansas is fortunate that St. Rose is so progressive, Groneman added. It is bringing treatment, information and educational programming to its local communities on a regular basis.

Those who try Kitchen Therapy recipes could win a cookbook, apron or $25 Walmart gift card. To enter the contest, let MCA know how the creations turned out and post photos on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/midwestcanceralliance - or send an email to kucc-mca@kumc.edu.

To view recipes, visit www.midwestcanceralliance.org/mcaoutreach.

MCA is the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

St. Rose is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals and families across western Kansas and Colorado with more than 6,000 physicians, 15 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, physician practices and clinics, and home-care and hospice services.