White bean chicken chili is a game-day winner!

White bean chicken chili is flavorful, filling and nutritious.

White bean chicken chili is flavorful, filling and nutritious.

It’s tailgate season … and that means creating healthy, easy-to-serve dishes that deliver staying

power on game day. Try this delicious white bean chicken chili – it’s cooked in a crockpot so you can easily transport and reheat any time, wherever you happen to be.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sue Ryskamp is happy to report that this recipe was a hit at a recent University of Michigan Wellness Resource Center’s “Nutritious Is Delicious” food-tasting event.

White Bean Chicken Chili

Makes 6 one-cup servings


1.5 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast, cooked and chopped

1 cup no-salt-added chicken broth

1 (11 oz) can no-salt-added white corn, drained

2 (15 oz) cans no-salt-added great northern beans, drained, 1 can pureed

1 small white onion, chopped

1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies

1 (14 oz) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

½ tsp chopped garlic

1 Tbsp chili seasoning


Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook over low heat for 8 hours.

After cooking, stir in 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt.  Garnish with ½ bunch chopped cilantro leaves.

Nutrition Breakdown:

  • 165 calories per cup
  • 1.5 g fat
  • 22 g carbohydrates
  • 4 g fiber
  • 20 g protein


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Body image matters for cancer patients

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Patient Sherry Hansen with her daughter Allie.

Cancer treatment is hard on your body and, in some cases, changes are permanent. Sometimes cancer patients become so focused on getting rid of their cancer, they don’t bring up body image issues with their oncologists. In writing Body Image Matters, a patient story in Thrive, I learned they should.

Sherry Hansen is a breast cancer survivor, 14 years and counting. She had surgery to remove her breast, but didn’t have time to think about reconstructive surgery at the time of her diagnosis. She had a 3-year-old daughter to take care of. Sherry described to me in detail the way she felt the first time she looked in the mirror when her bandages were removed. No one had prepared her for the change in her body. No one was there when she saw it for the first time.

This should never happen to a patient and, were Sherry diagnosed at the U-M Cancer Center, perhaps her emotional response would have been different. By the time she came to U-M, depression had set in. She’s doing great now, but it was a long road to recovery. Continue reading


Peripheral artery disease: what you should know

The connection between diabetes, leg pain and PAD

elderly-woman-walkingPeripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a disease of the peripheral arteries, most commonly in the pelvis and legs, in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs and limbs. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries, thus limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.

The more you understand about the condition and symptoms, the more you’ll be able to protect your health. For example, diabetes often goes hand in hand with PAD, which results in a decrease of blood flow to the legs and feet. This can result in inadequate blood flow to heal a foot sore or wound.

Patients with diabetes and PAD are more likely to have healing complications, infection and, in the most extreme cases, amputation. Although having diabetes puts you at a greater risk of developing PAD, anyone can be diagnosed with the disease. According to the American Heart Association, those who smoke, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also at risk for PAD.

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Pelvic organ prolapse: How a pessary changed my life

Pessaries and pelvic organ prolapseI’ve heard pelvic organ prolapse described as a silent epidemic.  Why so hush hush for a condition that affects possibly 50% of women over 50?   I had heard of a prolapsed uterus.  But, my very large, uncomfortable, growing, fleshy protrusion in the fall of 2010 was my bladder.  Why me?  I am thin, fit and active.  A gynecologist and urologist performed the corrective surgery in 2011. Since the gynecologist believed that the uterus contributed to pushing the bladder out of place, I opted for a hysterectomy in addition to having mesh sewn into the vaginal wall to keep the bladder in place. Although I had more than 400 stitches, recovery was painless and quick.  All was well for 18 months.

In August 2012, I returned to the urologist due to spot bleeding and feeling the rough edges of the mesh protruding into the vagina and out.  He dismissed my concerns by saying that, as we age, we have weak areas of our body.  What?  I was angry, incredulous and confused.

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My Name is Teresa and I’m helping Block Out Cancer by raising awareness

Terese Alexander RNWhen I was 44 years old, I had a couple of strokes. It was then that my doctors discovered that I had a congenital heart defect, a hole in my heart. Because it’s a condition most commonly found and treated in children, I had surgery at Mott by a pediatric cardiologist. While I’d been a nurse for nearly 20 years at that point, I decided that I wanted to work where I could make the most difference. I’ve been working in pediatric oncology ever since.

In my job, I help families and patients navigate the journey they take when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Our clinic has Nurse Navigators – each of us are responsible for a certain patient population. I work especially closely with patients in the Solid Tumor Oncology Program. Each of our patients is seen in clinic for evaluation, blood counts, etc, before each round of chemotherapy and also for any worrisome symptoms between treatments.

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When a hospital-based fitness studio works best

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Trilby Taylor Kinzey

When retired academic librarian Trilby Taylor Kinzey moved from New Jersey to Ann Arbor, Michigan, nine years ago to live close to one of her daughters, she looked for a fitness studio to help keep her healthy. She found U-M’s Transitions Studio and never left.

mCancerPartner: What originally brought you to U-M’s Transitions Studio?

Kinzey: I was involved in a hospital-based exercise program in New Jersey and I loved it. It helped me lose weight and kept me healthy. I wanted a non-commercial exercise program, something that wasn’t a chain or a Continue reading