“Do It For The Girls Comedy Tour has partnered with BCCA to Hit Northern Nevada Breast Cancer Charity Shows to Span Mother’s Day Weekend!!”

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RENO, Nev.- One of California’s funniest female comedians, Candy Churilla will headline a three-day Mother’s Day weekend comedy tour across northern Nevada, benefiting local breast cancer charities. Featuring local comedians Wayne Walsh and Rustin Abraham and special music guest Hopscotch Whiskey, the “Do It For the Girls “ comedy tour will kick-off Friday, May 7 at 8:30pm at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Saturday the tour will be at Jive ‘n Java in Fallon at 8pm and culminate in Reno at the Studio On Fourth, May 9 at 8pm.

Brainchild of Walsh, who lost his father to cancer, all proceeds from the “Do It For the Girls” tour, including tickets, T-shirts and raffle ticket sales will be donated to the local chapters of the Breast Cancer Charities of America and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“Laughter is always the best medicine, so I relish opportunities to use comedy raise money to help others affected by cancer,” Walsh said. “I’m super stoked that Candy and my friends from Reno are joining me on this tour.”

Churilla, who appeared on the sixth season of Last Comic Standing and was second runner up in the Funniest Female Comedian in California, will perform all three nights along with Walsh, Abraham, Hopscotch Whiskey and a rotating cast of local performers. Local comedian and promoter Sam Coturri will host the shows that will also feature a commemorative T-shirt and raffle prizes perfect for last minute Mother’s Day shoppers.

“Moms are the rock of any family dealing with cancer so a Mother’s Day benefit tour seemed perfect,” Walsh said. “Bring your mom, buy her a T-shirt and win her some raffle prizes, it will beat the flowers and a sappy card you were planning on getting.”

There is a $10 cover charge for each night; all other proceeds will be raised through raffle and T-shirt sales. For more information, please visit RenoStandUp.com.

Fitness Friday… Dance the weight off!

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By Caitlin Moscatello

Tired of the treadmill? Tone up with a dancing workout that’ll target key trouble spots like your abs and thighs–all while burning anywhere from 300 to 400 calories per hour (or more, depending on the tempo). The best part: While classes are available at many gyms and dance studios, you can get your groove on with a home workout right in your own living room.
To get you started, we asked Jaana Kunitz, celebrity trainer, former North American Showdance Champion and co-creator of the Core Rhythms exercise program, to break down her five top dances. So pull up your iTunes, throw on some spandex and get ready for a dance workout that’ll put your old aerobics routine to shame.

Dance #1: Salsa
Named for the Spanish word for sauce, this fast, spicy dance style is known for being both sultry and playful. Tip: Wear a skirt to accentuate the back-and-forth hip movements-it’ll help you keep rhythm so you get the most out of this core workout.
What it works: obliques
What to wear: Dancing heels or flats, dance skirt, fitted tank
Starter step:
1.) Stand facing forward with your feet together, holding your arms just above waist level.
2.) Keeping your knees loose, rock your weight to the ball of your left foot.
3.) Return left foot to center, then do the same with your right foot and keep repeating.

Dance #2: Hip Hop
Now’s your chance to test your skills–and get a killer dancing workout while you’re at it. This urban dance style is all about bold, powerful muscle movements that tone all over, making it a worthwhile addition to your home workout routine.
What it works: glutes
What to wear: Tennis or aerobic sneakers, loose pants, fitted tank or sports bra, open hoodie.
Starter step:
1.) Stand with your hip-width apart, facing forward.
2.) Move your right foot out to the side until you’re in a squatting position. As your knees bend, lift your arms up in front of your chest.
3.) Pop up out of squatting position, placing most of your weight on your right foot. Move your arms from your chest down to your waist as though you were doing a tricep pull-down.
4.) Repeat for left foot and continue back and forth.

Dance #3: Samba
Slower than the salsa, this Brazilian dance is all about the hip motion–making it an effective core workout. More good news: It also involves moving your arms to the side and above your head, giving it twice the toning power.
What it works: abs
What to wear: Dancing heels or flats, leggings, dance skirt, fitted tank
Starter step:
1.) Stand with your feet facing forward and your arms out to your sides or loosely above your head.
2.) Step to the side with your right foot while tilting your pelvis under (like a slight stomach crunch).
3.) Drag your left foot toward your right and move your right foot out again, repeating four times (think of it this way: right, right, right, right-then left, left, left, left).

Dance #4: Swing
Take your home workout up a notch with this fast-paced, upbeat dance style that’ll have you doing the jive and jitterbug in no time. The focus here is on quick, controlled foot movements full of bounce, which will have you feeling the burn in no time.
What it works: hamstrings
What to wear: Tennis or aerobic sneakers, tights, short skirt, fitted top
Starter step:
1.) Stand facing forward with your weight shifted onto your right foot and your right hip out.
2.) In one motion, toss all of your weight onto the ball of your left foot.
3.) Rock your left hip out, moving your arms at your sides in synch with your feet.
4.) Repeat for eight counts (one step on each count).
Dance #5: Paso Doble
Paso Doble, which literally translates to “two-step,” is a Spanish-style dance modeled after a bullfight (the woman in the dance represents the bullfighter’s cape). This dancing workout is marked by sharp, quick movements and should be done with your chin up and chest out.
What it works: legs
What to wear: Dancing heels or flats, full skirt, fitted tank
Starter step:
1.) Stand tall and lunge forward with your left foot, twisting your torso to the left.
2.) Holding the sides of your skirt with your hands, twist your torso to the right, moving your arms with you.
3.) Bring your left leg back in a reverse lunge position so it’s behind you, twisting your torso to the left, and then tap your left foot.
4.) Repeat with right leg.

provided by: www.shape.com

Spa Tip Thursday: Finger Food Manicure!!

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Who needs lacquer? Neaten nails with juicy “finger food” instead.

What You Need
5 grapes (red ones are packed with more antioxidants than green)
1 tablespoon sugar
1. Slice grapes in half widthwise.
2. Dip the fleshy side into the sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail (one halved grape per finger) for about 30 seconds each.
3. Brush away excess sugar with a soft towel and rub a dot of grapeseed oil or hand cream onto hands and cuticles.

Beauty Benefit
“The sugar crystals remove dead skin and hangnails, and the gentle fruit acids help exfoliate remaining raggedness,” says Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at New York City’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, where signature manicures begin with this treatment. In addition, the oil and cream offer the instant shine of a top coat.


Wellness Wednesday: Radiation ups risk of breast cancer in young women

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women treated with chest radiation for cancers in childhood or adolescence are at increased risk for breast cancer at a young age, and their risk does not appear to plateau over time, according to a new study.


Regular screening for breast cancer is a must in these women, and “further research is required to better define the harms and benefits of lifelong surveillance,” senior author Dr. Kevin C. Oeffinger, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and colleagues note.

The researchers analyzed results from two dozen studies. They found that in women treated with chest radiation at a young age, the rate of breast cancer by age 40 to 45 years was as high as 20 percent.

Once diagnosed, according to the studies, breast cancers among those women were similar to those of women in the general population.

The researchers also found that mammograms can be used to detect breast cancer among women who had chest radiation as children or adolescents.

The investigators note that along with more information on the pros and cons of lifelong surveillance, research is needed to assess “how estimates of risk and outcome might change, given use of lower radiation doses in contemporary treatment.”

The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

SOURCE: Annals of Intern Medicine, April 5, 2010…www.reuters.com

Tasty Tuesday: King Crab & Potato Salad!

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Servings: 6 servings, 2 cups each
Prep: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins

3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
1 1/2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, cut into eighths
1 3/4 pounds cooked king crab legs, thawed if frozen (see Tip), meat removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
6 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
1 small red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add beans and cook until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander using a slotted spoon; refresh under cold water.
2. Add potatoes to the boiling water. Cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain in a colander; refresh under cold water until room temperature.
3. Toss the green beans and potatoes with crab, celery, radishes and onion in a large bowl.
4. Whisk garlic, lemon juice, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl; slowly whisk in oil. Whisk in basil, salt and pepper. Discard the garlic; pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

Tip: To defrost frozen lobster tails or crab legs, let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Courtesy of : http://www.fitnessmagazine.com

Mother’s Day Special!

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Looking for a perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Donate $25 or more to BCCA in honor of your mother and receive a Special Edition Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Card, a stylish BCCA breast cancer pin to wear, as well as a fashionable pen and post-it note set for your mom. What better gift than the gift that keeps on giving?
Mother’s Day Special:Now through May 1, donate $25 to BCCA and receive a fantastic Mother’s Day gift to personalize for your mom, grandma, aunt, sister or friend.

Fitness Friday: Exercise Helps Battle Effects of Cancer Treatments!

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Here are two studies that blow traditional theories of how to treat and recover from cancer out of the water.
Rather than rest, aerobic exercise and strength training have emerged as the keys to reducing the pain and fatigue that accompany the treatment of cancer.
A six-week study of 32 patients rehabilitating from high-dose chemotherapy concluded that those who walked on a treadmill exhibited both higher hemoglobin concentration and maximum physical performance.
And none of the 16 patients who walked regularly reported feeling fatigued during their daily activities as compared to 25 percent of those who remained sedentary.
A second study of 20 cancer patients who had recently undergone chemotherapy examined their responses to a program of aerobic exercise and strength and flexibility training.
After 10 weeks, average strength increased by 43 percent and the time patients were able to spend on the aerobic machines nearly doubled.
The benefits of exercise extended beyond physical measurements. When questioned about their quality of life, participants noted improvements in all psychological areas as well as a reduced perception of pain.
According to James Sallis, Ph.D., professor of psychology at San Diego State University, ”Patients and healthcare providers should be interested in adding physical activity to the treatment regimen as a means of improving quality of life.’’
Let’s hope they are.
Sources: Cancer, September 1997 ; Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, January 1998
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Share A Smile Foundation’s Free Custom Bleaching Charity Event!!

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Starting March 1st 2010 through May 31st 2010
The Breast Cancer Charities of America has teamed up with Dr. Ray Mcledon with Clear Choice Orthodontics.
A donation of $50.00 is the minimum donation to get your very own bleaching trays which will be made at no charge to you.
Clear Choice Orthodontics is excited about helping make a difference in our community and ask your help in spreading the word! There is nothing more exciting than helping someone in need and now you will have this opportunity to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America, plus get a bright beautiful smile.

For more information, you can call 281-587-4900 or visit their website www.clearchoiceortho.com.

Spa Tip Thursday: Homemade Body Treatment, Creamy Body Butter!

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6 1/2 oz Mango Butter
2 oz Almond Oil
1/2 oz Soy oil (Buy at Grocery Store)
1 oz Virgin Olive Oil (Buy at Grocery Store)
1/2 to 3/4 tsp skin-safe fragrance or essential oil
2 four ounce salve jars
2 one ounce salve jars

Heat Mango Butter in a small pot first. Get it to 180 degrees and leave it at that temp for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, when it has cooled some then stir in the liquid oils, Vitamin E and scent. Pour in to jars, attach caps and refrigerate.

Courtesy of:http://www.myspatreatment.com

Wellness Wednesday: Your Spice Cabinet May Help Fight Breast Cancer

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Not all stem cells are created equal. In fact, the stem cells found in breast tumors are downright wicked–they can actually fuel a tumor’s growth.

A small number of stem cells can be found within every tumor and like fertilizer they can nourish the cancer and make it grow. Current chemotherapies don’t work against cancer stem cells, so researchers are busy trying to develop ways to stunt their growth and stop their misguided ways.

Now, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found several household spices that might be able to limit the growth of these “bad” stem cells. A study published in the December 2009 issue ofBreast Cancer Research and Treatment found that compounds derived from the spices turmeric and black pepper might be able to help prevent breast cancer by controlling and limiting the growth of breast stem cells.

The researchers applied the dietary compounds curcumin (from the Indian spice turmeric) and piperine (from black pepper) to breast cells in culture. Their experiment showed that these chemical from the spices decreased the number of stem cells in the laboratory culture but had no effect on normal, healthy cells.

The two spice compounds have only been tested in the lab to date; we’ll have to wait and see whether they can restrain breast stem cells in patients with breast tumors. Still, it’s exciting to see this type of research going on; it provides more hope that dietary factors may one day be another avenue for breast cancer prevention.

By Lillie Shockney, R.N., M.A.S. – Posted on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, 2:50 pm PDT from http://health.yahoo.com