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Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

Due to the physical and emotional stresses of cancer treatments, cancer survivors may be at an increased risk for other health problems including obesity, heart problems, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Because of this, it is imperative that cancer survivors maintain a healthy diet, a regular exercise plan, and work to manage their stress in order to optimize their health. The American Cancer Society recommends eating plant-based foods like fruits, veggies, grains, and foods low in fat in their Nutrition Guidelines.

In addition, exercise may play an important role in controlling fatigue, improving cardiovascular fitness, losing or maintaining weight, improving mood, and stress management. Finding motivation to exercise can be hard due to side effects, like fatigue, that may interfere with a survivor's positive lifestyle decisions; however, it is possible. Learn about our partnership with the YMCA and take advantage of the Winship at the Y program.

Winship Cancer Institute offers Nutrition ServicesTo schedule an appointment with the dietitian call (404) 778-5646.

Healthy Recipes

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean giving up taste. These healthy recipes are packed with flavor and nutrition and are approved by the Winship Nutrition Services team.

Butternut Squash is rich in carotene.Butternut Squash and Quinoa Stew
This wonderful squash is most easily found in the fall when it comes into season and is  in both sweet and savory recipes. This stew includes chicken so it's packed with protein and goodness.


Cranberry Waldorf Salad
Cranberries add a  tasty twist to this traditional salad.


More about exercise

Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions

More information from the American Cancer Society about the importance of nutrition and exercise for cancer survivors.

The USDA Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education educates consumers on food safety, especially those at-risk populations that may be more susceptible to food-borne illnesses due to a compromised immune system. Recently they collaborated with the FDA in the preparation of a publication on Food Safety for Cancer Patients. Read publication here.