Osage Nation Health Department hosts free lectures on nutrition, cancer prevention

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A series of free public programs on Healthy Eating to Prevent Obesity and Cancer will be coming to Pawhuska and Bartlesville.

Sponsored by the local Schmoldt Foundation for Education, the programs are part of the Nutrition and Prevention Project of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education (BeatCancer.org).

According to BeatCancer.org Educational Director Dr. Susan Silberstein, “The goal of our project is to improve the health of adults and families, especially the underprivileged, through nutrition education.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., Silberstein will be speaking on Four Nutrition Secrets That Could Help Save Your Life at the Osage Nation Health Department Community Room, 1115 E. 15th Street, Pawhuska.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., she will be speaking on Fight Cancer with Your Fork at the Bartlesville Public Library, Upstairs Meeting Room A, 600 S. Johnstone, Bartlesville.

Both events are free and open to the public. They will include questions and answers, free literature, information for purchase, and a book signing.

On Thursday, Silberstein will spend the day teaching Environmental Science students at Bartlesville High School, and on Friday, she will be speaking to pre-nursing and culinary arts students at Tri County Technology Center, as well as to faculty at a professional development lunch. The Schmoldt Foundation underwrites many nursing scholarships at Tri County.

Cancer incidence and death rates in Oklahoma are among the highest in the country, and the state is ranked the sixth most obese state in the nation. Obesity is a major risk factor for cancer and cancer death, as well as for diabetes and heart disease.

According to Silberstein, reesearch shows that simple dietary changes can make a big difference in our health. The information I will be sharing can be life-changing, whether you wish to prevent disease, prevent its recurrence, or fight active disease.

According to Gretchen Wettlin, RN case manager at Comforting Hands Hospice and board member of the Schmoldt Foundation, “I am delighted to be able to fund this excellent educational series. Cancer prevention is very important to me.”

Wettlin lost her brother to leukemia, and her husband recovered from advanced head and neck cancer four years ago. A holistic nurse and the local professional liaison for BeatCancer.org, Wettlin will be available for follow-up coaching to participants in the February programs. She can be reached at 970-618-4959.

Silberstein founded the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education after the death of her young husband to cancer more than 35 years ago. An lecturer on health, nutrition and cancer prevention, Silberstein is the author of several books, including Hungry for Health and Hungrier for Health, and winner of numerous awards for her work in cancer education.

BeatCancer.org is a federally approved not-for-profit organization based in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to provide research-based education on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through diet, lifestyle, and other immune-boosting approaches.

For more information, visit www.BeatCancer.org or call 888-551-2223.