At the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, we coach thousands of cancer patients and their families through one of the most challenging periods in their lives.

But what if we could help in another way—a way that would reduce the number of times people in our community have to hear the words – you have cancer?

That’s what grounded is all about. Grounded is an effective, sensible and hands-on program designed to get you healthy, and keep you that way.

Based on whole food, realistic weight management and strategies that put you in control of your health, grounded gives you easy-to-follow coaching on nutrition —from the ground up.

And because grounded offers a down-to-earth approach to the delicious foods you already love to eat (plus a few we’ll introduce you to), it will help keep off excess weight and tackle obesity, which affects one-quarter of Canadians and is a leading public health issue.

Whether you are cancer-free or somewhere in your journey to wellness, grounded will give you practical skills and knowledge to help you feel better and be stronger for life.

Grounded – Specialized Programs for Cancer Coaching Clients

Eating the right kinds of food before, during and after cancer treatment may help you feel better, stay stronger and help with the prevention of cancer recurrence.

Cancer and cancer treatments impact the body in many ways and, in order to help families who are facing cancer, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation developed grounded – a series of nutrition-based programs and workshops that focus on practical information and skills to create healthy meals – designed to help you feel better at any stage in your cancer journey and beyond.

“When you are faced with a serious health issue, you are often bombarded with information.  Our role is to break things down and educate people about healthy options that can improve their diet, and have a lasting impact on their overall health and quality of life,” explains Emily Fitzgerald, MScFN, RD – the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Nutrition Coach.

Grounded features a hands-on approach, bringing clients into Audrey’s Kitchen at 1500 Alta Vista Drive and getting them actively involved in the preparation of recipes.  Emily says that while adding new foods to your diet can be a daunting task for some, it’s all about making a few adjustments here and there.

“When you have been eating certain foods all your life, adding new ingredients like quinoa or kale can be a tough decision.  By working together, we roll up our sleeves and create meal plans that are good for your family, and delicious.”