Cancer Prevention Fair at VA Medical Center


PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some local veterans got a lesson in reducing their risk for cancer.

A cooking demonstration was part of a program on Tuesday sponsored by the Veterans Administration Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre.

The event called “I Care to Prevent Cancer” included healthy recipes that vets can make.

Recipes included grilled eggplant with tomato and feta cheese as well as a healthy pizza.

The goal is to help vets incorporate a healthy lifestyle that includes what they eat.

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Dietitian Emily Richters, RDN said, “You’re eating lots of fruits, lots of vegetables, whole grains, and with all those foods they’re going to help provide all those antioxidants to kill off those cancer cells.” Air Force veteran and cancer patient Mike Chepolis said “I cook what tastes good and it’s not all the time what I can do to prevent certain things.”

The cancer prevention fair also included a panel discussion and displays to arm vets with information about reducing cancer risk.

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