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That's My Farmer series for cancer survivors

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The Samaritan Cancer Program is offering a nutrition series for cancer survivors called “That’s My Farmer” that teaches healthy shopping, eating locally, using supplements and the impact of fresh, wholesome foods.

“Our goal is to provide research-based education to cancer patients that is centered around nutrition and wellness but also touches on exercise and mental health — all aspects of survivorship,” said Jessica Davis, a dietitian at Samaritan Albany General Hospital who created the series.

The eight-week series take place at Samaritan-affiliated locations and local farmers markets. The Corvallis session begins in early June, the Lebanon session starts in July, and the Albany session will be offered in September. The program is funded by a grant from the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute.

The cost to enroll is $20 per cancer survivor. Participants are given about $150 worth of vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables of their choice at participating farmers markets. They also receive a recipe book, a canvas shopping bag, and herbs and spices to inspire their nutritional journey.

Registration is required. All cancer survivors are welcome, no matter where they received treatment. For more information or to register, call the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center at 541-812-5888 or email jayneg@samhealth.org.

2015 That’s My Farmer class series

Corvallis: June 3 to 25
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m., Corvallis Farmers Market

Lebanon: July 16 to Sept. 3
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m., Lebanon Downtown Farmers Market

Albany: Sept. 9 to Oct. 31
Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Samaritan Cancer Resource Center
Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m., Albany Farmers Market