JFS presents two free programs for 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living

by | Apr 7, 2014 | What’s Happening

May 2–9

Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy
Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm
Presented by Evan Lipson, MD, melanoma specialist with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz

Dr. Evan Lipson, MD, will present the latest innovations in cancer treatments, based on groundbreaking research on cancer immunotherapy, named by Science magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2013. Jewish Family Service presents this program in partnership with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

As the immune system teaches researchers about its intricacies, researchers are also teaching immune cells how to use those abilities to specifically target disease. By using what they learn about the immune system, scientists can create synthetic molecules to attack a tumor, or can help the immune system to do its job more effectively.

Lipson is a melanoma specialist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md. His research focuses on investigating new therapies for patients with various stages of melanoma, ranging from preventing disease recurrence in high-risk patients to developing innovative drug therapies for patients with advanced disease. Lipson is also the founder of SeizeTheDays.org, which chronicles the stories of cancer patients who, with power and determination, find interesting and meaningful ways to add life to their days.

The Art & Science of Healthy Eating
Thursday, May 8, 12 pm
Presented by Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, Complete Women’s Care
Sponsored by the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation

Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, is a founding member of The Art and Science of Healthy Eating faculty. She is passionate about helping people learn how to gain optimal health through eating.

Kennedy will present how to decipher the science and discard the hype regarding food and health. She will teach how to use food to correct obesity, improve disease, and gain health. Processed food and reviews of the paleo, whole foods plant-based, and Mediterranean diets will be discussed, as well as tips and tricks for sustained weight loss. Lunch will be served at this program.

Kennedy has practiced in Virginia Beach since 1989. She graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her residency at Magee Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh.

She was voted one of Hampton Roads’ “Top Docs” in 2009 and into the Top Docs Hall of Fame in 2010. Kennedy was awarded Physician of the Year by the Virginia Beach Medical Society in 2009.

Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director, says, “We are thrilled to have two physicians of this caliber speaking to our community on these two very different, but equally important, subjects. These programs fit with JFS’ mission to engage members of the community in health education programming and healthy activities for optimal quality of life. We look forward to seeing our community members at these programs.”

Both programs will be held at the Simon Family JCC. The programs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

JFS also suggests that attendees bring at least one non-perishable food item for the JFS Food Closets. To register, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org or call 757-321-2222.