Traditional Food Dietary Guide for Alaska Native Cancer Survivors

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.

It measures 1,420 miles north to south. Project Background Maintaining a healthy diet is important for cancer patients. During treatment and survivorship, dietary recommendations are often unfamiliar to Alaska Natives.

They told me to eat kale when I was getting cancer treatment. I dont even know what kale is. I wanted sea asparagus.

Ethel Lund, Alaska Native cancer survivor There are no culturally appropriate nutritional resources available for Alaska Natives. Lance Armstrong Foundation provided funding to develop nutritional resources for

Alaska Native cancer patients. Buy Local! Catch local Gather local Share local Eat local

Proportion of energy and nutrients from Native foods % 0 20 40

15 Kilocalories 31 Protein

Carbohydrate 5 21 Fat Saturated Fat

15 24 Monounsaturated Fat 23 Polyunsaturated Fat

56 -3 Fatty Acids Trans Fatty Acids 14 61

Vitamin B12 Iron 60 25

80 Contents

Traditional FoodsGood 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

Happiness is healing. Elders need to taste the food theyve grown up on so they can feel good about themselves againits a healing thing. Frank Wright, Hoonah Contact information

Christine DeCourtney [email protected] or 907.729.3922 Karen Mitchell [email protected] or 907.729.4491

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