Entries Tagged "Shelly Kokkeler"

Patients’ well-being at heart of dietitian’s work

A Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) and a registered dietitian at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, Shelly Kokkeler was one of 10 dietitians selected to serve on the Oncology Specialty Examination workgroup for the Commission on Dietetic Registration that awards certification through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
As a member of the national certification committee, Kokkeler works with a team of dietitians from across the country that writes and reviews the national exam that dietitians take to be certified in the field of oncology... 
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Posted July 13, 2011

Eating right for improved well-being during and after cancer treatment

Nutrition is an important part of your cancer treatment and recovery. The American Cancer Society’s Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention provide good advice on healthy eating for cancer prevention for all individuals, including cancer survivors. These guidelines are based on strong, scientific evidence that shows that eating a healthful diet, along with regular physical activity, can promote health and reduce the risk of developing cancer or the risk of recurrence. Here are some suggestions...

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Shelly Kokkeler
Posted July 18, 2011

Healthier You: WVCI follows own wellness advice, commits to get fit

At Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, we’re dedicated to helping our patients reach optimal health. Because nutrition plays an integral role in achieving and maintaining good health, we offer nutrition counseling to assist patients in making informed lifestyle choices. And, we know that it’s important to follow our own advice, too.

Recently, I began encouraging WVCI physicians and staff to take steps to achieve better health. Here, I’ll share my expertise and tips with you...

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Shelly Kokkeler
Posted July 25, 2011

Healthier You: Food journaling for managing weight, reducing cancer risk

To reach your health goals, you must become aware of how you are treating your body. Food journaling can help you do this.

My previous post introduced the healthy lifestyle that we encourage at WVCI, information about nutrition and overall well-being, as well as tips for making small changes toward a healthier you. Now, let's focus on food journaling to track your nutritional intake and manage your weight...

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Shelly Kokkeler
Posted August 12, 2011

Healthier You: Tips for evaluating your food journal

In my last post, I described food journaling and challenged you to record your eating and activity habits for one week. Now, I’ll help you evaluate what you’ve recorded.

Look for both positive and negative patterns in your journal. First, give yourself credit for the good things you are doing. Spot the healthy decisions that you made, star them and applaud yourself. For example...

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Shelly Kokkeler, Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Posted August 31, 2011

Healthier You: Making changes by setting goals

As mentioned previously, maintaining a food journal can help you identify areas for lifestyle change, aiming for a healthier diet to prevent cancer or help your body combat disease. Once you have identified some possible areas of improvement, you can set goals to achieve those changes.

When setting goals for lifestyle changes, be sure to keep the following in mind: set realistic goals; break long-term goals into short-term ones; goals should be specific, measurable, achievable and realistic...

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Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted September 14, 2011

Preventing prostate cancer: diet, vitamins and medicines may play a role

Preventing cancer starts with learning how to reduce your risk. The cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but researchers continue to study the disease to determine what steps can be taken to prevent it.

There are no clear answers, but the American Cancer Society has highlighted three categories that may play a role in prostate cancer prevention, which are diet, vitamin and mineral supplements and medicines.

Healthy eating is important for a strong body. This means consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and less high-fat meals...

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Josh Kermisch, executive director of WVCI

Posted September 16, 2011

Healthier You: Eat well and exercise to reduce cancer risk

Eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight are key to reducing cancer risk. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) concluded that we can control these factors based on what we eat, how much we move and how much we weigh.

Here are the AICR’s recommendations for cancer prevention...

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By Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted November 16, 2011

For a healthier you, dish up proper portions

As you pass the Thanksgiving platter, keep portion sizes in mind. By all means, enjoy the feast, but consume in moderation. As portion sizes have increased over the years, so has obesity, which is directly related to an increased risk of several cancers.

Twenty years ago, a bagel was about the size of an English muffin and weighed about two ounces. Today, a “regular” bagel weighs almost four ounces and is equivalent to four slices of bread...

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By Shelly Kokkeler, certified specialist in oncology nutrition

Posted November 23, 2011

Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to reduce cancer risk

Researchers are continuously investigating how diet affects cancer development and what foods may reduce cancer risk. Stanford Medicine compiled study findings about nutrition’s role in reducing risk of common cancers and other diseases. These findings suggest that phytochemicals, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which are compounds found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, help prevent disease...

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By WVCI Dietitian Shelly Kokkeler, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Posted March 2, 2012

Series for cancer survivors explores post-treatment challenges

When cancer treatment ends, a new chapter of life begins. Our eight-week survivorship series will provide the information and support you need to manage the challenges that arise after cancer treatment. Each session will include a presentation, followed by a facilitated group discussion...

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By Nikki Thaut, practice administrator

Posted November 21, 2012

The New American Plate: A free presentation on healthy eating

Join me, Willamette Valley Cancer Institute's dietitian, for a discussion on "The New American Plate," a fresh way of looking at what you eat every day.

This presentation is designed for those who have completed cancer treatment or who are going through treatment without dietary restrictions. It is also open to anyone interested in weight management or reducing risk of cancer and other chronic diseases...

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By WVCI Dietitian Shelly Kokkeler, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Posted February 27, 2013