Nutrition & Cooking

Nutrition is an essential part of cancer treatment, recovery and overall well-being. The Dempsey Center’s Nutrition for Life program offers practical instruction on healthy eating habits before, during and after cancer treatment.

Nutrition Consultations

Many cancer patients find it hard to eat well. Cancer and cancer treatments may affect taste, smell, appetite and the ability to eat enough food or absorb the nutrients from food. Eating the right amount of food is important for healing, fighting infection, having enough energy and building strength.

The Dempsey Center provides nutrition consultations at no cost to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

A private appointment with our registered dietitian can help you:

  • Understand the challenges to eating well
  • Learn practical tips for improving your nutrition
  • Become confident that you can maintain a healthy weight, improve strength and decrease side effects both during and after treatment.

CONTACT US TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Judy Donnelly, RDN

Nutrition Program Coordinator

[email protected]

Judy Donnelly is a licensed, registered dietitian with twenty years of experience working with oncology patients and people with a wide range of health concerns.  She joined the Dempsey Center in 2015, and has practiced in a variety of settings, including group work, corporate wellness, cooking classes, and private consultations. She has great passion and skill for helping clients meet their nutritional goals and translating the science of nutrition into wholesome and health-supporting eating habits.

Nutrition & Cooking

Nutrition is an essential part of cancer treatment, recovery, prevention and overall well-being. The Dempsey Center’s signature Nutrition for Life program offers practical instruction on healthy eating habits before, during and after cancer treatment. Taught by our registered dietitian, this four-class series includes sound information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Specialty classes on such topics as; dealing with the difficulty of a sore mouth and throat during treatment (“Soft and Smoooth”), or how to shift to eating more plant sources of protein (Moving to a Plant Based Diet) are also offered regularly.

Taught in the Hannaford Charitable Foundation Kitchen at the Dempsey Center, participants learn through interactive cooking demonstrations in this state-of-the-art space and leave with quick and healthy recipes.

The Dempsey Center Community Garden

The Dempsey Center Community Garden is a place where volunteers come together to share a love for gardening, enjoy peace and tranquility, develop friendships, get gentle exercise, be creative and get their hands dirty. Diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with a significant reduction in cancer risk. If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity, this is a terrific way to support the center’s clients with nourishing food. For more information, please contact our Nutrition Program Coordinator.