Julie Lanford MPH, RDN, CSO, LDN, is wellness director for Cancer Services, a non-profit in Winston-Salem, NC. She is a registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist and a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. Lanford developed www.CancerDietitian.com a healthy living web site for Cancer Services that translates evidence based nutrition guidelines into consumer friendly messages for everyday life. The site reaches thousands of people across the country who are interested in cancer nutrition and the most current topics on healthy lifestyle in our culture. Since 2007, Lanford has written more than 250 articles and has 1,500 subscribers of her e-newsletter.
In addition to writing articles, Lanford provides prevention and survivorship education to Winston-Salem and surrounding rural communities. She has been a cancer nutrition speaker for many groups both locally and nationally, and is an active member of the Oncology Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Lanford received a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University and a masters degree in public health nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional experience prior to Cancer Services includes nearly three years as an outpatient oncology dietitian, and nutrition education for diabetes, cholesterol and weight management. Her passion is wellness for cancer prevention and survivorship, and she specializes in making healthy living fun! Lanford enjoys life away from work when she is traveling with her personal “circus,” a husband, toddler, and two lively dogs.
Felecia Bennett-Giles is an energetic and personable outreach educator with a knack for spreading healthy living through her work at Cancer Services. The organization is a United Way agency in Winston-Salem, NC dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer and teaching about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Bennett-Giles leads Cancer Services Body+Soul program in Forsyth County, a ministry delivered in partnership with local churches and civic groups. Body+Soul gives people tools for better living, eating healthy, and daily exercise to reduce cancer risk and other diseases. Bennett-Giles also leads the BAP CAP’s program, an outreach through barber shops that helps African American men understand the importance of prostate health.
Bennett-Giles has worked nearly twelve years in various educational roles. She received her B.A. in Human Relations from High Point University and earned a masters degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University.
She stays busy as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and active member of Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church. She loves the Lord, strives to help others and enjoys life to the fullest. Bennett-Giles has been quoted saying, “We should treat each day as if it is our last, because one day it will be.”
Gloria began working with Cancer Services in May of 2016. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Gloria has lived in the United States for 11 years. Previously she worked in a financial institution providing customer care and assisting with financial educational classes, building on her experience in Colombia as a University teacher and business administrator.
Hall received her BS degree in Business Administration with a Minor in International Trade and Logistics from Esumer University at Medellin – Colombia. In her career experience, she found that educating is one of her biggest passions; she loves it!
At Cancer Services, Gloria has transferred her passion and experience in teaching to educating the Winston-Salem Hispanic/Latino community in health promotion and cancer risk reduction. She does this by offering “Prevencion,” a six-week series on the basics of cancer risk reduction. She also teaches Cooking Matters, a 6-week cooking class in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank and a 12-class lifestyle physical activity program called Active Living Every Day.
In addition to risk reduction programs, Gloria is the point person for Cancer Services’ Spanish Speaking cancer clients. She assists the Patient Advocate Team with communication and provides advocacy to clients. She also plans and facilitates the sobrevivientes (survivorship) programs for clients, including a monthly support group and Cancer Transitions en español.
Gloria’s key messages for the community are:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Practice regular physical activity
- Drink water
- Enjoy each day!
Gloria states that a big reason for her passion regarding her job with Cancer Services is her sister, Eliana. When Eliana was 16, she was diagnosed with cancer and doctors estimated she would survive six months. Now in 2017, she is 33 years old. Since her diagnosis, Eliana got married and had a daughter, Salome. This year, Salome celebrates her 10th birthday!
Gloria reflects on her sister’s miracle and it motivates her to make the best of each day – helping others, choosing nutritious foods, being physically active and taking advantage of opportunities available to her!
Joyce Hairston joined Cancer Services in June of 2016 as an Outreach Educator.