St. Jude patient Dakota loves to cook. He learned his way around a stove at his grandmother’s elbow, but now, at 12 years old, “he pretty much takes over the kitchen,” said his mom, Tricia.
Since he discovered the Nutriolicious cooking classes at St. Jude, Dakota has upped his culinary chops and seen his passion for cooking kicked up a notch.
Combining the nutritious and the delicious, the Nutriolicious program gives St. Jude kids and families tools for healthy eating, along with a heaping helping of fun.
Classes are open to all patients with an interest, but clinicians may specifically enroll patients who are at risk for obesity as a result of their disease or its treatment.
For example, kids with Dakota’s disease, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer, are at high risk for weight gain due to the steroids required in their treatment. But healthy eating can act as both prevention and treatment when it comes to weight.