Creating specific nutrition and lifestyle cancer events for the South Asian community in the UK will help us to ensure that advice shared is both culturally sensitive and adheres to the various dietary and lifestyle requirements that we have, as South Asians helping us to heal and recover through cancer diagnosis and treatment, and beyond. Toral
Penny Brohn UK, is teaming up with Toral Shah, founder of The Urban Kitchen to host a series of talks exploring the experience and impact of cancer in the South Asian community.
Focusing on diet and lifestyle, this series of events will explore how we can improve the impact of treatment and its outcome as well as minimise the risk of cancer reoccurrence. Participants will explore the emotional impact of cancer and will be supported to make practical plans to help them manage the impact and live well with cancer.
The programme is centred around four South Asian-specific nutrition and cancer talks taking place between September and February, which will be delivered in both English and Gujarati/other South Asian language and Hindi explanations. Each talk will last around 45 minutes and include 15 minutes for Q&A at the end.
In August, the collaboration kicked off with Toral leading a panel discussion, as part of South Asian Heritage Month, to explore cancer stories, myths, nutrition and resilience, to establish signposting partnerships and deepen connections with South Asian health groups around the UK, including the South Asian Health Action Group, Futureful, Asian Women’s Cancer Support Group and others.
The events will take place on the following dates at 7.30 in the evening on zoom beginning:
- 14 Sept 2021 Cancer in South Asian communities: How can we use nutrition and lifestyle as a preventative measure?
- 12 Oct 2021: How can we reduce risk & recurrence of breast cancer via diet and lifestyle?
- 8 Dec 2021
- 15 Feb 2022
Find out more here
About Toral Shah, founder of The Urban Kitchen
Toral Shah is a Nutritional Scientist (MSc Nutr Med), Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health writer and Consultant, as well as the Founder of The Urban Kitchen. She originally went to medical school with a view to becoming an oncologist but when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she realised that this was not the career for her. After completing her BSc in Cell Biology, specialising in cancer, she worked in research, winning a prestigious Royal Society internship where she worked on SRC oncogenes. Toral then went on to do an MSc in Nutritional Medicine at University of Surrey and became a functional medicine practitioner working with nutrigenomics. She is currently putting together a PhD proposal looking at the impact of stress, diet and lifestyle on oestrogen dependent breast cancer.
Toral is passionate about breast cancer and cancer charities. She often commentates and consults for charities such as Breast Cancer Now, WCRF and Trekstock. She has been an ambassador for several cancer charities including those mentioned and Royal Marsden and continues to raise awareness and fundraise for this important cause.