Nutrition Answers Just a Mouse Click Away

American Institute for Cancer Research offers free diet advice over the Web

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2006 (HealthDay News) -- Folks with an appetite for info on healthy eating can now order up answers online at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

"There is a lot of confusion about the shape of a healthy diet today, and AICR is committed to dispelling misconceptions and setting out applicable guidelines for healthy meals and snacks. Many people are less reticent about asking questions online than they are on the phone. So we have added the 'online hotline' to our education offerings," Jeffrey R. Prince, AICR vice president for education, said in a prepared statement.

Answers from AICR dietitians are based on a thorough review of existing research on diet, cancer and weight management. When there is no definitive research, the dietitians provide helpful but qualified suggestions.

Questions to the hotline often focus on the appropriate diet for preventing cancer and other chronic diseases.

"Announcements about health or new research results also prompt questions. After the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines appeared with their heavy emphasis on physical activity, we received a lot of inquires about intensity and duration of activity intended to reduce cancer risk. People were also curious about how to find and cook with whole-grain products," Prince said.

More information

You can submit questions to the AICR Nutrition Hotline by calling 1-800-843-8114 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and asking for the nutrition hotline. You can also go to the online hotline.

SOURCE: American Institute for Cancer Research, news release, Sept. 10, 2005

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