Free 12-week program promotes fitness and wellness

Yes2Health provides participants with healthy lifestyle options and is open to anyone with a risk factor for disease, from cardiovascular disease to all types of cancer

The mission of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is to promote early detection, provide services to those diagnosed, and provide information about new treatments available for breast cancer. However, they also offer programs that may benefit those who have not been diagnosed but have risk factors for developing the disease. The Yes2Health program is available for women or men at risk of developing not only breast cancer, but other types of cancers and diseases as well.

“This program is available for men and women who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, or prediabetes, as well as people with a body mass index of 30 or higher” , said Amanda Perdue, head of Yes2Health. . “Each program creates a nurturing, supportive and safe environment for people with health conditions that put them at risk of developing breast cancer or other chronic diseases.”

This fall, DBCC will offer “Yes2Health in the Kitchen” with Chef Dee Iraca, founder of Chef Eat Well. Iraca is a registered dietitian nutritionist and professional chef in North Carolina. She earned a degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Meredith College. The program is offered online and participants will learn a new cooking skill while preparing a healthy recipe.

“On September 27 at 6 p.m., the class will learn how to make Taco Tuesday in 30 minutes,” Perdue said. “On October 10 at noon, learn two ways to make the perfect chicken breast. On October 28 at noon, Chef Iraca teaches how to make a delicious vinaigrette while on November 2 at noon, you can learn how to make a quick and healthy breakfast. On November 29 at 6 p.m., learn how to poach fish.

Upon registration, recipes and a shopping list are provided. Registration for “Yes2Health in the Kitchen” is available by emailing Perdue at [email protected].

All Yes2Health programs are offered online via Zoom. Choose Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from September 14 to November 30. You can also register for Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. PM at 7:30 p.m. from September 15 until December 8. A Zoom link is sent upon registration with the materials for the program. Be sure to select the lesson time you prefer when you register by emailing [email protected].

“I’ve lost eight pounds in the last five weeks,” said one participant. “My doctor was so impressed with my results that he told me to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m grateful for the Yes2Health program.

Others have found Yes2Heatlh gives them the motivation they need to continue leading healthy lives.

“I was looking for positive support and there were several women in the group who are a few years away from their treatment,” said another participant. “They are fine and happy and speaking with them is uplifting.”

Another said he wanted to ‘stay active until he closes my coffin lid and it won’t happen like I do now’. They decided that 2021 was the year they would take control of their health and Yes2Health helped them in this process.

“We also offer Walk-Ups, a great way to meet and interact with other Yes2Health attendees,” Perdue said. “These usually take place once a month at various locations. On September 14, there will be one from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with those interested meeting in the parking lot of Old World Bread in Lewes while on September 28 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., walkers will meet in the parking lot of Crossroads Community Church in Georgetown. In New Castle, the September Walk-Up will take place on September 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and they will meet in Battery Park at the end of the pier near the circle. The Kent County September Walk-Up will be held at Brecknock County Park in Camden on September 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Perdue said registration information for the Walk-Ups as well as October and November dates can be found on DBCC’s website at http://debreastcancer.org/programs/yes2health/.

Ryan H. Bowman