Fran Drescher Stresses the Connections Between Diet, Health and the Environment

"My life mission is to leverage my fame to educate the public that we are what we eat."

Fran Drescher at Gotham Magazine's Sixth Annual Gala with Hosts Rudy and Judith Giuliani February 6, 2006 - Capitale New York City, New York United States
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Fran Drescher, President of Cancer Schmancer, spoke at the third annual D.C. Food Tank Summit, Let’s Build a Better Food Policy, which was hosted in partnership with George Washington University and the World Resources Institute on February 2, 2017.

As founder, president, and visionary of the nonprofit Cancer Schmancer Movement, Fran focuses on three prongs to fight the disease: early detection, prevention, and advocacy. A 16-year uterine cancer survivor, her mission is to shift America’s focus toward proactive health care and healthy, toxin-free living. She believes that that the best cure for cancer is not getting it in the first place and wants to help those afflicted with terminal illnesses to improve their diets and wellbeing through sustainably sourced and produced foods.

Fran also played Miss Fine on CBS’s hit series The Nanny, which she both created and executive produced, earning two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. Food Tank had the chance to speak with Ms. Drescher about her work emphasizing the important connections between diet, health and the environment.

Food Tank (FT): What originally inspired you to get involved in your work?

Fran Drescher (FD): I got famous, I got cancer, and I lived to talk about it. My life mission is to leverage my fame to educate the public that we are what we eat. Food is medicine, and medicine is food.

FT: What makes you continue to want to be involved in this kind of work?

FD: Because of my celebrity, I have the benefit of people from all over the world who reach out to me through social networks, and in person as well, telling me that my efforts, and that of Cancer Schmancer, changed their life—saved their life—and that keeps me going.

FT: Who inspired you as a kid?

FD: Phil Donahue, Julia Child, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball

FT: What do you see as the biggest opportunity to fix the food system?

FD: An exodus from industrial farms, and the return of the family farm that employs: biodynamic, regenerative, organic non-GMO sustainable practices.

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