Nutrition Classes

Living Well offers nutrition classes designed to help patients with cancer and their caregivers make informed choices about nutrition and move through cancer treatment into survivorship.

Classes are virtual via Microsoft Teams and are led by Living Well dietitians, Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, MS, and Mary Zupke, RD, LDN, MS, FAND. Classes include a cooking demonstration that complements each cancer-related topic.



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Gut Heath – Pre & Probiotics

Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The gut bacteria, collectively referred to as the gut flora, or gut microbiota, perform many important functions in the body. Explore how eating balanced amounts of both probiotics and prebiotics can help ensure that you have the right balance of these bacteria to keep your gut microbiota healthy.



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Budget Friendly Meal Prep for Delicious Meals

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meal preparation allows for you to eat your favorite meals while pre-determined portion sizes ensure you don’t overindulge and is scientifically linked to a more diverse, higher-quality diet, which means it provides nutrients that you likely wouldn’t get otherwise. Understand how having a collection of well-balanced meals on hand will help you regulate what you eat and help you stay on track with your personal diet goals.


Beans for Plant Based Meals

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Beans and legumes are excellent sources of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, and many other important vitamins and minerals. There is some evidence that they can help reduce blood sugar, boost heart health, and maintain a healthy gut. Learn how to incorporate them into your diet.



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Benefits of Fish and Omega 3 Fats

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are considered immuno-nutrients and are commonly used in the nutritional therapy of cancer patients due to their ample biological effects. Learn more about how to add more fish to your menu.       


How to Increase Protein in Meals and Snacks

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

A high protein intake can offer numerous benefits and also helps build and maintain muscle, which is important for cancer patients who might be having problems eating and are losing weight.


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Gear up for Spring with Healthy Habits

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Often, what’s known about cancer prevention is still evolving. However, it’s well-accepted that your chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices you make. So, if you’re interested in preventing cancer, take comfort in the fact that simple lifestyle changes can make a difference. Consider these healthy tips.


The Power of Antioxidants and Herbs

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Antioxidants are natural compounds produced in plants that react and neutralize free radicals, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Spices and herbs are the most potent antioxidant foods that can be easily added to numerous dishes (including teas), enhancing flavor and health benefits.


Nutrition Consultations

Sandie Hunter, RD, LDN, MS, CSO, clinical nutrition manager at Northwestern Medicine, can answer your questions and help you learn about nutrition recommendations that can help you during cancer treatment. Consultations are limited to people diagnosed with cancer.

To make an appointment, please complete the form at You may also email your questions to

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