Healthy Colon Presentation and Cooking Demonstration

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ORANGE CITY, Fla., October 2, 2018 More than 50 community members attended a free seminar, Healthy Colon Presentation and Cooking Demonstration, at AdventHealth Fish Memorial on Sept. 20.

Board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Mihir Patel shared several statistics about colon cancer, including the fact that it is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths.

Age, ethnicity, family history (genetic conditions) are risk factors that cannot be changed. However, some risk factors for colon cancer are within our control, such as: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle and obesity. A diet high in red and/or processed meats, especially those cooked at very high temperatures (frying, broiling, grilling) can also potentially increase the risk of developing colon cancer.

Colon cancer is common, and its a real risk for all of us, said Patel. The disease carries good prognosis if it is detected at an early stage, so colon cancer screening is crucial. Get screened. Do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones!

Following Patel's presentation, AdventHealth Fish Memorial executive chef Danny Carrico gave a cooking demonstration. Attendees enjoyed lemon-pepper salmon with Bartlett pear salsa while Carrico provided live step-by-step instructions, so guests could prepare the meal at home.

A lot of people think heart-healthy food is bland, but that doesn't have to be the case, Carrico said. Using fresh, high-quality ingredients, you can prepare delicious and nutritious meals right at home.

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About AdventHealth Fish Memorial

AdventHealth's parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nations largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, all of Adventist Health Systems wholly owned hospitals and care sites across its footprint in nine states will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth's care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Located in Orange City, AdventHealth Fish Memorial has 175-beds and is one of the six AdventHealths in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region.

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