Moffitt Cancer Center Dietitians Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March 03, 2008

Activities geared toward patients, employees

Tampa, FLWhether or not you have cancer, nutrition is vital for a healthy lifestyle. Registered dietitians can help you sink your teeth into informed food choices and sound eating habits.

It’s just in time for March — National Nutrition Month.

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Department of Nutrition boasts a team of registered and licensed dietitians that specialize in the nutritional care of cancer patients. As part of the interdisciplinary medical team, they provide quality care and comprehensive medical nutrition therapy, including:

  • Prevention and treatment of malnutrition.
  • Counseling on diet and cancer prevention.
  • Counseling on dietary supplements.
  • Provision of tube-feeding recommendations.
  • Food safety guidance for patients with decreased immunity.

Spot Moffitt dietitians wearing pink on March 10, Registered Dietitian Day. Registered dietitians have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or related fields, and most have a master’s. They must complete supervised training and pass a Commission on Dietetic Registration exam.

“When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease, rely on qualified professionals in the field,” says Kathy Allen, M.A., R.D., LD/N and manager of Nutritional Therapy at Moffitt. “They are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutrition science into information you can use.”

Patients can find information on healthy eating and foods that can help fight cancer on March 14 and 28 in the Moffitt Clinic Building atrium. There will be games and giveaways. Moffitt employees can find information on March 7 and 21 outside the cafeteria.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.