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.
Our nutritionist is a registered dietitian who provides up to date, evidence based guidelines and can tailor an optimal eating plan to meet your individual needs during any stage of your cancer journey. Consultations are available to patients wanting to maintain health, manage treatment side-effects, avoid weight loss or promote recovery and survivorship.
Judy Donnelly is a Registered and Licensed Dietician specializing in oncology nutrition. She joined the Dempsey Center in 2015, bringing with her 20 years of experience in the fields of nutrition and health, practicing in a variety of settings, including group work, corporate wellness, cooking classes, and private consultations. Judy 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 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 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.