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May 2014 • Calendar of Events

 

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 6 - 7:30 P.M.

My Life, My Choices: Planning for Future Health Care Decisions with Valerie Hopkins, Nurse Educator at Hospice By the Bay

My Life, My ChoicesEnsure your healthcare wishes will be carried out, even if you can't advocate for yourself. Learn how to document your choices, choose the right person to make decisions for you, and communicate your values and goals about medical treatment choices.

No charge. Held at the UCSF Medical Center, 2200 Post Street, 1st Floor, Hellman Conference Room. All are welcome. Please register by calling the Hospice By the Bay at (415) 526-5500 or online.

MONDAY, MAY 12, 6 - 7:30 P.M.

Re-Pairing: Having Deeper Conversations After Cancer with David Bullard, PhD

Re-PairingDisappointments, arguments, feeling misunderstood and distant from others - these dynamics can be woven into our interactions with those we love as we experience the inevitable disappointments of relationships. A cancer diagnosis often agitates these challenges with the addition of stress, fear, and physical changes. This seminar will focus on various communication styles and introduce specific ways to help couples and individuals “re-pair” and reconnect deeply after difficult times.

No charge. Registration required. Held at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero Street, 3rd floor. Please register by calling the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693. Open to all, single or partnered.

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 5:30 - 7 P.M.

Workplace Rights of Cancer Patients and Caregivers with Sharon Terman, Senior Staff Attorney and Director of the Work & Family Project at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

WorkplaceThis seminar covers employment rights of people effected by cancer. Learn about patients’ and family members’ rights to: leaves of absence; workplace accommodations & flexibility; protection from discrimination; and wage replacement benefits. Participants will also learn practical tips for communicating with employers, and will find out where to go for individualized assistance with workplace issues.

No charge. Held at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero Street, 3rd floor. All are welcome. Please register by calling the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3627.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 5:15 - 7 P.M.

Nutrition and Breast Cancer with Greta Macaire, MA, RD, CSO

NutritionThis seminar will cover the latest research on nutrition as it relates to breast cancer and teach you how to better meet your nutritional needs.

No charge. Registration required. Held at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero Street, 3rd floor. Please register by calling the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693. Open to all.

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 5 - 7 P.M.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer with Greta Macaire, MA, RD, CSO

NutritionLearn about the latest nutrition prostate cancer research and how to better meet your nutritional needs. No charge. Held at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1600 Divisadero Street, 3rd floor. Please register by calling the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

BOSU Ball

BOSUThe BOSU (Both Sides Utilized) ball increases the intensity of your workout and encourages core engagement. One side of the ball provides a flat platform and the other side is a rubber dome. This forces you to recruit core stabilization and improves balance - important in preventing injuries and strengthening joints.

EXERCISE: When you start working with the BOSU you may want to position yourself next to a wall so you can steady yourself if needed. If this is your first attempt, you will want to stay with Step 1 and maybe give Step 2 a try. No need to rush - the focus here is balance.

Step 1 - Step onto the BOSU so you are standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Stand for 5-10 seconds then step off. Continue this, stepping on, holding and stepping off x 15. You can also try marching on top at a slow and controlled pace.
Step 2 - Stand on the BOSU, feet shoulder-width apart, and bend your knees, lower your butt (i.e. squat). Repeat this 15 times. You can make this harder or easier by squatting lower.
Step 3 - Once you are feeling more comfortable with the BOSU, add some weight. Stand on the BOSU holding a weighted ball. As you squat, lower the ball to one side. You can aim for the outside of your chin, shoe or all the way to the ground. When you stand up, bring the weighted ball up and over your head in a military press. 15 times on each side.

All UCSF cancer patients are entitled to an individual consultation with a certified exercise counselor. Sessions are held on Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings. To book your UCSF exercise counseling session, call (415) 514-6430.

Greta's Healthy Recipe of the Month

Red Lentil Soup with Lime

Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

• 2 cups split red lentils, picked over and rinsed
• 2.5 quarts of water
• 1 T turmeric
• 3 T olive oil
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 large onion diced (about 2 cups)
• 2 tsp cumin
• 1 tsp ground mustard
• 1 bunch chopped cilantro
• Juice of 2 limes or to taste
• 1 large bunch of spinach leaves (or 10 oz package) chopped into small pieces
Optional:
• 1 cup cooked brown rice
• 6 T plain yogurt

Preparation:

1. Put the lentils in a soup pot with 2.5 quarts of water, turmeric, 1 T of olive oil and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, and then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until the lentils are soft and falling apart, about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is cooking, in a medium skillet over low heat, cook the onion in 2 T of remaining olive oil with the cumin and mustard, stirring occasionally. When soft, about the time the lentils are cooked or after 15 minutes, add the cilantro and cook for a minute more.

3. Add the onion mixture to the soup, and then add the juice of 2 limes. Taste and add more if needed to bring up the flavors. The soup should be a tad sour.

4. Just before serving add the spinach to the hot soup, sprinkle with salt, and cook just long enough to wilt. If using the brown rice add it to the soup now and let it heat through for a minute. Serve the soup and swirl in a spoonful of yogurt if desired.

Makes 6 servings. Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison, 1997.

We are grateful to the organizations and individuals that provide ongoing support to our groups and programs. Special thanks to the Donna Smith Endowment at UCSF, the Mount Zion Health Fund, UCSF Partners in Care, and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.


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