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Traditional Food Dietary Guide for Alaska Native Cancer Survivors. Changing Patterns in Cancer in Native Communities September 7, 2007 Christine A. DeCourtney, MPA Karen M. Mitchell. Alaska is one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states. It measures 2,400 miles east to west.

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Traditional Food Dietary Guide for Alaska Native Cancer Survivors

Changing Patterns in Cancer in Native Communities

September 7, 2007

Christine A. DeCourtney, MPA

Karen M. Mitchell


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Project Background Survivors

  • Maintaining a healthy diet is important for cancer patients.

  • During treatment and survivorship, dietary recommendations are often unfamiliar to Alaska Natives.


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They told me to eat kale when I was getting cancer treatment. I don’t even know what kale is. I wanted sea asparagus.

Ethel Lund,

Alaska Native cancer survivor


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  • Buy Local! available for Alaska Natives.

    • Catch local

    • Gather local

    • Share local

    • Eat local


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Contents available for Alaska Natives.

  • Traditional Foods—Good for Life

  • Eating for health

  • Foods from the land and sea

  • Plants

  • Recipes

  • Eating during cancer treatment

  • Managing cancer treatment side effects

  • Glossary

  • References

  • Resources


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Contact information they’ve grown up on so they can feel good about themselves again—it’s a healing thing.


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