With Laura Pole, RN, MSN, PCNS

Getting well never tasted so good! 

Chronic inflammation in our bodies has been connected to impacting chronic illness, including cancer. Join chef and oncology nurse, Laura Pole, and learn about diets that can help to reduce chronic inflammation.  You will learn to prepare delicious, anti-inflammatory foods.  You’ll find out how to use herbs and spices as anti-inflammatory power houses.  Best of all, you’ll share a delicious meal with your classmates who are also exploring an anti-cancer journey.

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone.

Suggested donation: $25, includes health-supportive meal and all recipes

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Laura Pole, Chefnurcian at Smith Center for Healing & the Arts

About Laura Pole
Laura Pole, RN, MSN, comes with a diverse educational background including a Masters degree in nursing, chef certification and professional music training. For over 20 years, she has been merging her careers as a health supportive chef, professional musician, oncology clinical nurse specialist, and a palliative care educator. Laura serves Smith Center in several ways: Director of Nourishment Education Programs, Director of Professional Trainings in Culinary Translation and Co-Creator/Coordinator of Patient Navigation Trainings. Laura is also on faculty for the nationally acclaimed Cancer Fighting Kitchen workshops.



From Diet Prescription to Nourishing Meals: Culinary Translation In Breast Cancer Care and Survivorship

In this two-day workshop – designed for Registered Dietitians and Culinary Professionals – hear the latest science while learning new cooking techniques like flavor-building. Gain expertise to guide breast cancer and other survivors in choosing and preparing healing foods and a health-promoting diet. Participants will learn food preparation techniques for creating therapeutic meals that appeal to an individual’s taste preferences. Through creative classroom, hands-on, and eating experiences, the group will learn to:

  • Define culinary translation and its role in integrative nourishment for cancer care.
  • Describe metabolic conditions that influence cancer risk, such as inflammation and insulin resistance.
  • Describe the current evidence for commonly recommended anti-cancer diets.
  • Identify key concepts for including food as an element in the treatment plan for a person with cancer.
  • Describe eight principles of health supportive food selection.
  • Define flavor-building and describe the potential for this technique to provide culinary and physiological benefits.
  • Develop eating plans to improve quality of nutritional intake by patients facing eating and dietary challenges.

“The workshop was the perfect blend of evidence-based research and culinary expertise. Being able to teach patients how to use their ‘kitchen as a pharmacy’ to manage side effects of chemo makes the patient feel empowered.” -Andrea Santella, RD, CSO, LDN


The workshop will take place Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:15am – 5:15pm & Sunday, March 5, 2017, 8:30am – 5:00pm at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, located at 1632 U St. NW Washington, D.C.

Our Faculty

Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, Nutrition Advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

Ruth Fehr, MBA, CHHC, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Health Supportive Chef, Founder/President of Culinary Solutions

Laura Pole, RN, MSN, OCNS, Chef, Director of Nourishment Programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Continuing Education

Application for continuing education credits will be made to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).


The registration fee is $485 and includes all materials, CE credits, breakfast, mid-morning snacks, and a late lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 15, 2017. All fees should be paid by this deadline. Cancelled registrations received prior to February 15, 2017,  will receive a full refund for the training minus a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after February 15, 2017.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people and this workshop usually fills quickly,  so register early to guarantee  your “place at the table”!

For more information please call 202.483.8600 or contact Kiersten Gallagher at kiersten@smithcenter.org.

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Getting Here

Visit Smith Center on U Street in NW Washington DC for cancer support programs

Smith Center is located at 1632 U Street, NW in Washington DC.
We are a short walk from the U Street and Dupont Circle metro stations.
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