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While the holiday season is a time for joy, laughter and good food, it can also be a challenging time for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) to find healthy and nutritious meal options at holiday gatherings.
The CFChef program held its nationwide Winter Holiday Recipe contest recently and has announced that Mogadore resident Christina Sommers has been chosen as a winner for her Yummy Baked Potato Soup.
For the contest, each recipe was evaluated by Suzanne Michel -- a registered dietitian -- who determined the top recipes based on nutritional value, flavor appeal, creativity and the "story" behind the recipe.
The winning recipes are housed in the CFChef Online Cookbook at www.Chef4CF.com, along with more than 50 other inventive meal and snack ideas.
Sommers' recipe story is this: "I have cystic fibrosis and have spent the past 10 of my 30 years trying to perfect the best potato soup! A big pot of this for lunch every day ... and I can put on 5 pounds easily."
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. More than 70 percent of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2.
In patients with CF, a thick, sticky mucus is produced in certain organs throughout the body, most commonly the lungs and digestive system, including the pancreas. The mucus build-up in the lungs can cause difficulty breathing and may lead to life-threatening lung infections.
Additionally, many people living with CF are unable to properly digest food because of the thick mucus in the digestive system.
CFChef is an Abbott-sponsored online nutrition resource developed to help people living with cystic fibrosis and their families better understand the unique nutritional needs of people living with the disease.
In addition to serving as an educational resource, CFChef is a place where families, friends and caregivers of people with CF can share recipes and get updated nutrition tips and guidance. Visit CFChef at www.Chef4CF.com.