Westminster Nursing Graduate Beats Cancer, Becomes Entrepreneur

May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014 Community and media invited to the launch party of Resilient Body Nutrition SALT LAKE CITY - Kate Dowden was just 34 years old when she was diagnosed with stage two cancer. She experienced fear, terror, chemo, nausea, surgery, pain, radiation, more pain and a very slow recovery. Dowden didn't want to give up, so she searched for something that could keep the deadly disease from coming back. Her oncologist explained the link between diet and cancer and recommended eating more whole-plant-based foods.   As a nursing graduate from Westminster College, Dowden (aka Nurse Kate) was intrigued by the evidence linking diet to cancer. But she discovered that eating whole-plant-based foods wasn't that easy. Once she figured out how to navigate the eating habit, she knew she had to share it with others.   Nurse Kate 2 Nurse Kate had all the nursing and nutrition education she needed to help others, but no business knowledge. That's when she came back to Westminster for the GE Capital, Banking on WomenTM program. Westminster's Center for Entrepreneurship partners with GE Capital and the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund to support female business owners. The program helps female entrepreneurs jump-start their own businesses by providing business plan development assistance, mentoring and access to funding.   "My experiences at Westminster have been magical," said Dowden. "The caliber of people, the connections I've made and the skills I've gained are invaluable to me both personally and for starting a business. I now not only have the skills to educate others about the benefits of eating whole-plant-based foods, but I have the skills to make this a viable business."   Nurse Kate food 1Nurse Kate will launch Resilient Body Nutrition on May 15, 2014, from 5-8 p.m., in the Tanner Atrium of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster. At 6:30 p.m., she will share her cancer survival story-how she found hope and helped others with whole-plant-based foods. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by visiting www.westminstercollege.edu/apps/forms/index.cfm?form=603.     Resilient Body Nutrition offers a variety of services including a 6-week immersion program, corporate lunch and learns, plant powered cooking parties and private consultations. For more information about whole-plant-based food visit www.resilientbodynutrition.com.

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Krista DeAngelis and Arikka Von

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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