A diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any diet plan, according to numerous studies. The National Cancer Institute research shows that as much as 50 percent of cancer risk may be related to diet. Certain diet patterns seem to have a major effect in helping people diagnosed with cancer to live longer, healthier lives.

Join Chef MiMi McGee, Food for Life Cooking Instructor for The Cancer Project (cancerproject.org) for a series of weekly nutrition and cooking classes, at the Picker Family Resource Center. In this six-class series participants will learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as support one on their healing journey if diagnosed. The classes will include a discussion on maintaining a healthy weight and will also cover a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics demonstrating how to prepare delicious yet simple and healthy meals that can easily be created at home.

As one of the participants in the summer series reflected: “I have never had a class that just blew my socks off! It was explained so well and was so clear to understand. This book will be my new favorite gift to give my friends and family. Thank you so much! “

Fall classes will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, 15, 22 and 29, and Oct. 6 and 11. They are open to cancer survivors, friends, family and anyone interested in cancer prevention and healthy eating. There is a $120 fee per person for the six-class series. Please register in advance by calling Corinne Willis at 596-8950.

The How Foods Fight Cancer series is offered throughout the nation and is meant to give attendees a taste of what the Food for Life program has to offer. In the classes, scientific findings are translated into simple, practical steps people can use in their own kitchens. The class provides information about the link between diet and cancer, the benefits of plant-based nutrition and the practical cooking skills needed to help one on a journey to better health. All of the classes include a cooking demonstration and tasting of delicious, healthy dishes.

The Picker Family Resource Center is located in the women’s health building on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus on Glen Cove Drive, off Route 1 in Rockport. Use the door on the side of the building. Call 596-8950 for directions if needed.

The Picker Center promotes building community by providing health resources and support that serve the needs of women and their families throughout their lives. The Center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit penbayhealthcare.org/pickercenter.