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 MiMi McGee, chef and Food for Life cooking instructor with The Cancer Project (online at cancerproject.org), for a series of weekly nutrition and cooking classes at the Picker Family Resource Center beginning Wednesday, Oct. 2. Learn about the right food choices that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer as well as support a person on their healing journey if they are diagnosed. The four-week class series will include a discussion on maintaining a healthy weight and a variety of cancer-related nutrition topics that demonstrate how to prepare delicious and healthy meals that can easily be created at home.

Fall classes will be held Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. The classes are open to cancer survivors, friends, family and anyone interested in cancer prevention and healthy eating. There is an $80 fee per person for the four-class series, scholarship support is available. Register online at pickercenteroct.eventbrite.com or by calling MiMi at 912-230-2829.