• Additional Titles:Nutrition Coordinator in the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Founder of Families Eating Well
  • Education:MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion, Simmons College, Boston, MA
    BA in Food Nutrition and Dietetics & Communication, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  • Phone:617-353-2718

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Develop and deliver specialized nutrition programs to promote cancer survivorship.
  • Conduct individual and family-focused nutrition consultations. 
  • Serve as media spokesperson, public speaker and consultant on topics including mindful eating and chronic disease prevention. 

Courses Taught

  • HS 789 Theory and Practice of Clinical Counseling

Selected Publications

  • “Stop using food to reward and punish your kids,” The Conversation, March 6th, 2020.
  • “Master Family Dinner Better for Picky Eaters with the “Add-On Gambit,” Fatherly.com, October 7, 2019. 
  • Berry DL, Blonquist TM, Nayak M, Roper K, Hilton N, Lombard H, Hester A, Chiavacci A, Meyers S, McManus K. Cancer anorexia and cachexia screening in an ambulatory infusion service and nutrition consultation. Clin J Onc Nurs 2018; 22 (1): 63-68.
  • Meyers, S & Ott, MJ.  Mindful eating as a clinical intervention for head and neck cancer survivors, Topics in Clinical Nutrition, Fall 2008, Vol. 23(4).  
  • Meyers, S.  “Safe Summer Grilling Tips,” 7/4/08, www.intelihealth.com
  • Author of Oncology Nutrition Chapter in Dietitian’s Pocket Guide to Nutrition by Nancie Herbold & Sari Edelstein, Jones and Bartlett Publications, 2009.    
  • Author of Oncology Nutrition Chapter in Rapid References for Nurses: Nutrition Pocket Guide by Nancie Herbold & Sari Edelstein, Jones and Bartlett Publications, 2007.  
  • Meyers, S.  Does Diet Affect Cancer Recurrence?  9/3/2007, www.intelihealth.com
  • Vangsness, S.  Moffit-Smith, R, Herbold, N.  Education and Knowledge of Dietetic Interns Regarding Herbs and Dietary Supplements: Preparing for PracticeTopics in Clinical Nutrition, 2005 Vol. 20 (3);269-76.
  • Vangsness, S.  “Alkaline Diets and Caner: Avoid or Adopt?,” 5/02/06, www.intelihealth.com
  • Vangsness, S.  “Mastering the Mindful Meal,” 8/22/05, www.intelihealth.com
  • Vangsness, S.  “Tap Water or Bottled Water: Which is Better?” 8/24/04, www.intelihealth.com
  • Chiavacci, A, Kennedy S, Vangsness, S.  Safety and Efficacy of Herbs and Dietary Supplements Popular Among Cancer PatientsNutrition in Complementary Care DPG newsletter. 5(3):45-49.
  • Editor for Healing Gourmet: Eat to Fight Cancer, published Oct. 13, 2005.  

    Selected Presentations

    • Let’s Talk About Food Festival: Nourishing yourself from the Inside Out, Harvard University, 9.28.19.
    • What Should I Eat?National Colorectal Cancer Alliance Conference, Boston, MA. 9.17.19.
    • Optimal Nutrition for Cancer SurvivorshipHalf day nutrition workshop at International Cancer Congress, United Arab Emirates, Dubai.  10.29.15
    • PEG vs. No-PEG for Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemoradiation, Harvard Medical School Nutrition Rounds, March 4th, 2014
    • Nutritional, Enzyme and Vitamin Support for Neuroendocrine Tumors, presented at the National meeting of The North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society, Minneapolis, MN.  Oct 20-21, 2011.
    • Nutrition and Neuroendocrine Tumors: What Really Affects Patient’s QOL, invited speaker at the regional North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society, Nashville, TN.  7.22.11
    • Nutrition and Cancer Survivorship, Elsa Pardee Memorial Lecture, Midland, MI. 9.29.10
    • Nutrition for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Survivors, presented at Symposium for GIST, Dana Farber, March 2010.  
    • Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians: Helping Survivors Live Well Beyond Cancer – presented at Harvard Medical School CME conference – Nov 6, 2009
    • Mindful Eating as a Clinical Intervention in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors,” Grand Rounds for New England Regional Swallow & Language Pathologists.  Boston, MA  10.20.08
    • Prebiotics, Probiotics: Get the Facts, invited guest lecturer for South Eastern Massachusetts Dietetic Association meeting in addition to clinical nutrition staff at seven different hospital systems in MA, CT and NY.  2008-2009
    • Mindful Eating for Cancer Survivors,” Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 9.25.08
    • Featured Keynote speaker, presenting, “Hot Topics and Controversies in Nutrition and Cancer Survivorship,” Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  6. 19.08
    • “Nutrition and Breast Cancer Survivorship” presented at The Cotting Connection Symposium at Simmons College, Boston, MA.  10/4/07.  
    • “Integrative Nutrition for Cancer Survivor’s: Hitting the Hot Topics.”  Presented at the New York State Dietetic Association annual convention.  5.3.07
    • “Can Diet Make a Difference? Nutrition for Breast Cancer Survivors.”  Presented annually for the past three years at Knowledge, Strength, and Grace – Living Through Breast Cancer, Boston, MA and Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.
    • Advanced Nutrition I and II for the Breast Cancer Survivor, presented at The Healing Garden, Harvard, MA.  
    • Nutritional Supplements: Get the Facts, Presented as part of Brigham and Women’s Health Advanced Lecture Series.   5.11.06
    • Nutritional Care of the Oncology Patient, presented to a professional audience of advanced practice registered nurses at the Northeast Regional Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner’s Conference, 3/10/06.
    • Probiotics: Research Updates and Practice Guidelines, invited guest lecturer in the graduate nutrition program at Boston University, 2.28.07.
    • “Bites of Enlightenment: Creating Space for Sacred Nourishment,” a half-day retreat exploring nourishment as a spiritual practice.  Co-led with Margo McLoughlin, M.Div.  
    • “Nourishing Mind, Body & Soul for Cancer Survivor’s,” an experiential learning workshop introducing a mindfulness-based eating practice.  Co-led with Mary Jane Ott, ANP, RN. 
    • “Mindfulness Nutrition in the Midst of Parenting: How Our Children Eat and Why it Matters,” presented at Waltham, MA School District Parent/Teacher Symposium.  1.19.06
    • “Eating through the Ages: Nutrition for Seniors.”  Educational seminar presented annually at the Jewish Community Center, Brighton, MA and various assisted living programs in greater Boston community.
    • “What Can I Do to Feel Better? Addressing Nutrition and Wellness for Advanced Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients,” presentation and co-facilitated discussion with advanced gastrointestinal support group special event. 3/9/06
    • Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: How to be an effective Integrative Nutrition Counselor”– annual guest lecturer for graduate nutrition program at Simmons College, Boston, MA as well as for the joint class day of the greater Boston area dietetic internship programs.
    • “Optimizing Nutrition for those at High Risk of Breast Cancer.”  Annual presentation to professional audience of genetic counselors.
    • “Nutrition Challenges facing Carcinoid Survivors,” workshop for carcinoid patients and their families addressing nutrition issues unique to this population.  Carcinoid Support Group Network Special Event. 1/20/04.
    • Anorexia and Cachexia in the Oncology Patient,” continuing education program presented at Oncology Nursing Society (Boston chapter) meeting.  9/13/05  
    • Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention,” – cancer prevention seminar presented at the Massachusetts State Cancer Control Conference.  3/03
    • Effective Strategies for Integrated Cancer Care: The Dana Farber Experience.”  Presented at The Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference, Washington, D.C.  4/03
    • Embracing the Challenge of Integrative Medicine, Part II: Putting it all into Practice,” Presented at the Massachusetts State Dietetic Association Spring Convention, Randolph, MA.  5/03
    • Development and presentation of 6-week seminar entitled, “Healthy Weighs to Wellness: A Weight Management Program for Breast Cancer Survivors,” 9/03.

    Selected Media Appearances

    • Invited guest for Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio’s “Pediatrics On Call for Kids,” discussing food and family in a pandemic. April 22, 2020.Summer Grilling and Cancer Risk, Better Homes and Gardens.  July 2015.
    • Probiotics and Chemotherapy – interview for CURE magazine.  Jan 2015
    • Holiday Foods and Anti-Cancer Eating – Television interview for Boston NBC-affiliate, Boston Globe and Radio interview for WLVQ Columbus, Ohio. December 2011.  
    • Television appearance on Boston’s WCVB (ABC) discussing health benefits of shopping at Farmer’s Markets
    • Television interview for “The Dish” segment on WHDH (NBC), Boston, MA.  4.4.09
    • Cancer fighting foods in Holiday Meals, Live television interview on FOX 25 Boston, MA.  12.17.08.
    • Anti-cancer phytonutrients in fall foods, Television interview with WBZ, Boston, MA.  11.24.08.
    • Television interview with New England Cable News about the release of the American Institute for Cancer Research report 10/31/2007, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.”
    • Vitamin Supplements and Cancer: Research Update, appearance on Chronicle New England (ABC affiliate local news magazine). 9/28/06.
    • The Role of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention, television interview for NECN health report segment, aired 12/28/05; second interview on this topic with Boston Herald published 12/29/06.
    • Food: Myths, Lies and Straight Talk, appearance on ABC’s 20/20 discussing and demonstrating how to reduce exposure to carcinogens when grilling foods (7/15/05)
    • Phytonutrients in Fall Foods: Pumpkin, Cranberries and Apples, interview for Boston CBS affiliate health segment. 11/18/05.
    • Optimal Nutrition for Cancer Survivorship, guest appearing on the national Food and Wine Radio Network’s, “Sunday Brunch,” a live call-in radio talk show.
    • Summer Grilling and Cancer Risk, – six live radio interviews with talk news radio stations in U.S. and Canada (7/06) as well as a television interview for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC affiliate. 7/00
    • Low-Fat Diet and Breast Cancer Survivorship, television interview with Boston ABC affiliate (WCVB). 5/16/06.
    • Brassica (broccoli) tea and cancer, television interviews for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC and WB affiliates. 1/03
    • The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention, – radio talk show guest on WXLO and WORC, Boston, MA, 4/00 and television interview for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC affiliate. 3/00

    Honors

    • Outstanding Graduate Student in Nutrition, Simmons College – 2003
    • Excellence in Teaching – Brigham and Women’s Hospital Staff Enrichment Award, 2002

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