Inspired to Give Back, Area Restaurants Create Healthy Options
Several area restaurants have committed to offering anticancer-inspired meals to raise money to support Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care’s Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Participating restaurants have created delicious, plant-based menu items brimming with food high in cancer-fighting ingredients.
A portion of proceeds of the sale of menu items will support Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care’s Anticancer Lifestyle Program - a lifestyle transformation plan for people diagnosed with cancer. The program educates participants about how to make improvements in their diet, physical activity, toxin exposure and stress levels and why these changes are important not only to feeling better, but also reduce the risk of recurrence. One primary goal of the program is to encourage cancer patients to be proactive participants in their own well-being and to restore a sense of control while living with this disease. Evidence exists that a healthy diet, adequate physical activity, lowered exposure to toxins, social support, and stress management all help to maximize the body’s natural defenses against cancer.
“Giving back in this way is a great fit for us both through featuring healthy meals with locally-sourced produce and giving back to the community that we are so much a part of.” says Sue O’Donnell, general manager of The Centennial Hotel and Granite Restaurant and Bar. “What better way to build awareness and spread the word of the good work done every day at the Payson Center for Cancer Care,” she adds.
Natalia Strong, owner of The Soup Gallery is also pleased to partner with Concord Hospital and give back through the Anticancer Lifestyle Restaurant Program. “It’s a pleasure for us to be recognized as a restaurant that offers menu items in keeping with the high nutritional standards of this program that include premium ingredients, a variety of organic and fresh vegetables, minimum use of salt and absolutely nothing processed. We love our customers and are happy that they are empowered to make informed nutritional choices, and we value the Hospital's support in keeping our community healthy.”
Other participating restaurants include: Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, 11 Depot Street, Concord; Café Indigo, 128 Hall Street, Concord; and Country Spirit Restaurant, Maple Street, Henniker.
Consider visiting one of these restaurants to try their inspired menu items. For more information on the Anticancer Lifestyle Program or to learn how you can make a difference in a cancer survivor’s life, visit anticancerlifestyle.org or ch-trust.org.