Food Innovation Center

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Colleen Spees Receives the 2015 ONDPG Award for Excellence in Oncology Nutrition Research

Dr. Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, FAND, from OSU’s Medical Dietetics Program, and her team have received the 2015 Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (ON DPG) Award for Excellence in Oncology Nutrition Research for their abstract at the 2015 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ entitled "Growing Hope: A Comprehensive Garden-Based Health and Nutrition Education Program for Cancer Survivors". 

With funding from OSU’s Food Innovation Center and other sources, Colleen Spees and Matthew Kleinhenz, PhD from OARDC in Wooster joined Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology, Internal Medicine, in determining the feasibility and efficacy of modifying diet and lifestyle behaviors for cancer survivors to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

The goal of their novel project, Growing HOPE, was to implement and test a garden-based health and wellness intervention among extended stage cancer survivors. Cancer survivors were encouraged to engage in health promoting lifestyle behaviors by providing them access to evidence-based health education and training and web-based technologies within the context of a season of vegetable gardening.

This project is a national model for a land grant university. The collaborations here run as deep as the soil - a prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center, a world class College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, academic researchers conducting translational research from farm to fork, interdisciplinary students engaged in service learning and more.

Garden of Hope