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Promote Health. Prevent Cancer.

The Promote Health. Prevent Cancer. (PHPC) initiative, in partnership with Wilmot Cancer Institute, empowers participants through evidence-informed health promotion and cancer prevention education. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and safety of our communities, PHPC has gone virtual. Responding to the various health needs of community members is important to us and we want to continue to meet you where you are, now in the comfort and convenience of a remote location.

Healthy Living Classes

A free eight-week virtual program aimed at empowering participants to make and maintain changes in diet, physical activity and exposures. These lifestyle changes lower the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, while increasing overall health.

The class will meet online for eight consecutive weeks, no exercise equipment needed, and follow the original curriculum and format of the program.

Each class combines 45 minutes of nutrition education with 30 minutes of exercise.

Class Topics & Curriculum:*group classpromote health. prevent cancer.

  • Healthy Weight & Physical Activity                                                     PHPC
  • Healthy Eating Patterns & Portion Sizes
  • Nutrition Label Reading & Healthful Smart Shopping
  • Whole Grains, Vegetables, Fruits & Beans
  • Added Sugars, Sweetened Beverages & Alcohol
  • Protein, Red & Processed Meats
  • Processed Foods, Fast Foods & Fat
  • Health Behaviors & Lifestyle Choices


For more information on current classes, or on how to host a program for your community/agency, please contact PHPC Regional Program Manager Sarah Merritt by phone at (585) 738-5539 or email

Health Talks:

The eight class topics are also offered as individual one-hour presentations. These health talks, given by members of our PHPC team, are available for community groups, corporate retreats, places of worship and more.

*Curriculum is based on recommendations from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), a member of the World Cancer Research Fund that interprets results of global research in nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention. These findings are used to create evidence-based recommendations for lower cancer risk.

Recommendations for Cancer Prevention


What You Gain. 

Participants leave with the knowledge of how their dietary choices, physical activity and environmental exposures can affect cancer risk.

In Your Community.

This free programming is available in Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties.

Contact Us:

Looking for a class near you or want to find out more?

Sarah Merritt
Regional Program Manager
(585) 738-5539

Hannah Farley
Health Project Coordinator
(315) 401-1945

Learn more about cancer education in our region: 

Kristina Hawes
Regional Health Education Manager
(585) 224-3502