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Release: April 6, 2000

UI Cancer Center cookbook is available

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Center brings healthy living and cancer prevention into the kitchen. The Colorful Plate Cookbook is a project developed by the Cancer Information Service, featuring a variety of recipes, food options and guidelines for creating a well-balanced diet that may help in reducing cancer risk.

Maintaining a healthy diet is an important step toward cancer prevention and overall wellness. The appetizers, entrees, desserts and children's dishes listed in the cookbook include nutritional information and adhere to current dietary recommendations from the National Cancer Institute, U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Colorful Plate Cookbook also includes tips for staying active, gaining and losing pounds safely, exercise, and the importance of variety in meals. Coordinators of the cookbook hope that it serves as a good resource for everyday cooking, special events and general health awareness.

"Our educational cookbook provides detailed information and teaches readers how to modify eating habits and recipes for a more healthy lifestyle," said Joan Felkner, an information specialist at the Cancer Information Service. "Part of the Cancer Center's mission is to share our knowledge and expertise with Iowans through educational outreach programs. This is one example of our commitment to providing Iowans with information that can promote a healthy lifestyle."

The recipes were selected from UI Cancer Center staff, volunteers and other cooking manuals. A blend of family favorites, original creations and timeless dishes run through the pages of the book. Some selections are modified for a low-fat, high fiber diet, so readers can choose to prepare healthier versions of Chinese Egg Rolls, Vegetable Lasagna and Cherry Delicious Pie.

To obtain a free copy of the Colorful Plate Cookbook, contact the UI Cancer Information Service toll-free at (800) 237-1225 or via e-mail to cancer-information@uiowa.edu. Supplies are limited and will be filled in the order they are received as long as supplies last.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.