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Celebrate National Burger Day with 6 Healthy Tips

It’s National Burger Day! This food holiday comes every year on May 28 and gives us one more reason to enjoy a great burger.

There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate this favorite foods, but still maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle! Celebrate National Burger Day with these 6 healthy tips:

  1. Select high quality and lean meat to make your burger. You can even choose leaner meats such as buffalo, turkey, chicken, lamb, salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even make a veggie burger!
  2. Add more flavor – not fat or high doses of sodium – to your burger with low sodium seasonings, fresh or dried herbs, and spices.
  3. Mix ingredients together until just combined and avoid over mixing to prevent toughening the meat.
  4. Add moisture and nutrients with sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, and your favorite vegetables.
  5. Choose a whole wheat bun or instead opt for a pita, tortilla, or skip bread entirely and top the burger on a salad.
  6. Use low fat sauces and toppings like organic ketchup, mustard, salsa, and bbq sauce.

Have more healthy burger tips? Please share in the comments below!


National Burger Day Healthy Tips

What is the Help Now Fund? Infographic, Application and Donation Process

What is the Help Now Fund? How can I apply? Does my donation make a difference?

At BCCA, we are committed to helping as many people as possible through those financial struggles with our Help Now Fund. With YOUR donation, you can help keep alive life’s basic necessities for hundreds who are struggling. Please, donate today: donate.thebreastcancercharities.org/donateigopink

Click here to learn more about the Help Now Fund, application process, and download an application.

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Daily Wellness Checklist

Wellness is possible! In fact, it’s probable! Believe it; you can dramatically increase the level of wellness in your life. You possess the power of choice. That power can increase your life quality and life quantity.

Start making healthy choices today – and every day! Use this checklist as a daily reminder to establish good habits and make healthy choices.

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Creating wellness is a journey. People often experience obstacles which threaten to get them off course from achieving their best intentions. Some of these obstacles exist in the world and some of them exist within each person. Our choice of actions when we encounter these obstacles applies directly to our state of wellness. Our choices determine the level of wellness we each create in our lives. Strive to make the right choices daily and dedicate yourself to living a healthy lifestyle. Feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible!

For more information and our Create Wellness plan of action, click here.  This step by step workbook will allow you to document common questions you should ask your doctor, the emotions you’re going through and your journey through breast cancer.


Wine Women & Shoes Announces 2015 Date and Committee

Photo by Tara Flannery Photography: The Wine Women & Shoes Houston 2015 Committee

Photo by Tara Flannery Photography: The Wine Women & Shoes Houston 2015 Committee

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is pleased to announce that Wine Women & Shoes will be returning to The Woodlands on September 24, 2015 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Presented this year by EXIT Lone Star Realty, Wine Women & Shoes Houston will be showcasing new fall fashions, designers and fabulous shopping experiences that every woman will want to see. “Last year was our inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event in The Woodlands and it was a huge success and VIP sell-out” said Erica Johnson, Founder & Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America in which the event benefits.  “This year, our committee has a plethora of new surprises and fantastic shopping experiences that any woman would love to win.”

From Shoe Guys, to the ‘Key to the Closet’, a New York Style Runway show, boutique shopping and wine tasting, Wine Women & Shoes will be the ladies night out this fall. In addition, new stations will include Kendra Scott’s ‘Sip & Sparkle’ and one of the ladies favorite, the ‘Best in Shoe’ competition that will be crowned that that evening.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes will open for public sale on Monday, June 1. Limited VIP tickets are available as well as General Admission tickets. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston

Healthy Tips to Survive a Memorial Day Feast

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and honoring those who died while serving in the United States armed force. Since the holiday also falls on the last Monday of May, many families and friends gather, grill, and grub down together as they celebrate the long weekend.

As you cook out, barbecue, or picnic this weekend, here are a few healthy tips to “survive” your family feast or fiesta with friends:

  1. Eat Before. Eat a healthy meal or snack before you arrive to the party. That way you fill up on your favorite healthy foods beforehand and don’t arrive to the meal starving.
  2. Bring a dish. Prepare a dish or side to share with friends, family, and to keep yourself on track and provide healthy options at the event. Click here for healthy and delicious recipe ideas on the iGoPink blog!
  3. Drink water. With summer right around the corner, weather may be hot and it’s important to hydrate. Water before a meal can also cause you to eat less and is a healthier option to sugary drink mixes and cocktails.
  4. Avoid or limit alcohol. Plan to avoid alcohol or limit your intake to just one drink.
  5. Substitute with healthy choices! Try to bring alternatives to foods that might tempt you. For example, a vegetable tray instead of chips, steamed vegetables for sides instead of casseroles, and fruit like watermelon or berries for dessert.
  6. Don’t take leftovers home. Keep your home free to tempting choices! Hosting the event? Have guests take their leftover dishes home with them.

Have a Happy and Healthy Memorial Day Weekend!

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The Pink 5K: Record Breaking Event

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

Photo Credit: Jon Gifford, JStacy Photography

The Pink 5k, Presented by Northside Alfa Romeo FIAT, was a record breaking event on Mother’s Day weekend at Creekside Park in The Woodlands with nearly 600 registered participants!

“It’s wonderful to see so many people come out to support and honor women going through breast cancer…when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it impacts the whole family. And that’s what we saw at The Pink 5k—families: husbands, sisters, mothers, daughters and more…it’s empowering to see people uniting for such a powerful cause!” said Erica Johnson, Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
Participants in the fun run not only ran/walked but they also participated in Best Dressed and Top Fundraiser. Best Dressed awards were presented to “Superwoman” Brenda Carter and Team Reviewit for their “Pink Pistols of Hope” costume ensemble.
Top Fundraising team was a tight race with Team Chest Bumps from Pinnacle Point Insurance coming in first place on race day, BARELY inching out Montgomery County Women’s Council of Realtors by only a few dollars come. Top individual fundraiser was awarded to Leah Stanger, of CORE Lending. All together, the event raised over $50,000 for The Breast Cancer Charities of America. 
The Pink 5k was presented by Northside Alfa Romeo FIAT of The Woodlands. Additional event sponsors included, Luke’s Locker, Ventura EMS, Villa Sport, AirNow, SpeedPro Imaging, Green Bank, Waste Connections, Reviewit Magazine, LIVING, Brooklyn Bagel, CostCo, StateFarm Insurance-Caley Baillio, Community Impact, Tara Flannery Photography, JStacy Photography, Erin Garcia Photography, Integrity Comfort Solutions and ConnexionW. 
The date for the 2016 ‘The Pink 5k’ has already been set for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 7, 2016… so mark your calendars!
Didn’t get to experience The Pink 5K? Watch a participant’s GoPro view and time lapse of the race and festivities:

Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

By Tori Carruth

Tori is currently a Senior at Sam Houston State University and a contributing editor of the iGoPink Blog.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th for those of you as forgetful as me), I’ve been racking my brain for what to do! If your mom is anything like mine, her answer to any question that is present related is “I already have everything I need,” which is super sweet, but in no way helpful. What do you get for the mom who has everything? Do it yourself! I guarantee that a gift made by you from the heart will mean more to her than that designer bag ever will. No matter your age or your mom’s age, these gifts are sure to please your #1 woman! My mom is the queen of thinking of things I might need, but she never stops to think about what SHE needs. So treat your selfless momma to a cute jar of goodies.

Spa in a jar: You can get a cute jar from a local retailer and line the bottom with her favorite covered tissue paper to give it some color! Next, hit up a fresh cosmetics store, like Lush, for her favorite products to unwind from all the stress you put on her daily (oh, just me?). My mom specifically loves bath bombs and scrubs! Add lotion, nail polish, a few magazines, a comforting candle, and maybe even some chocolate to complete your jar! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to put a smile on your mom’s face.

Movie night in a jar: My mom is a huge movie buff; if it’s on Netflix she’s seen it…twice. Throw together some snacks and plan a night in together! Large retailers have some great $5 movie bins to grab your favorites from. Pick up some Kettle Corn and a bottle of wine, along with her favorite sweet treats. For extra bonus points surprise her with a comfy blanket for snuggling!

Colorful jar: This one has tons of options. Choose your mom’s favorite color and fill a jar with all things orange, blue, yellow, or whatever color it may be that brightens your mom’s day! It’s easy to find gum, cute cups, post-it’s, candles, picture frames and more for this one. It’s simple, yet thoughtful.

So go find a cute jar and personalize it according to your mom’s needs and favorites and make this mother’s day one that she’ll appreciate!

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The Pink 5K Schedule and Race Guide

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This week is full of exciting events before The Pink 5K! Join us and invite your friends to Packet Pickup, Fiesta Universal, and on the day of the race – Saturday, May 9th. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Schedule of Events

Now – Saturday, May 9th
  • Please invite your family, friends, co-workers to register for The Pink 5K by going to www.ThePink5K.com
  • Pick out a costume. There will be a costume contest at The Pink 5K! Awards will be given to the best team and individual. Watch our video for fun ideas!  Click here to watch.
  • Join the Facebook event page for more updates and information!  Click here to join.
  • Get social! Share your excitement and the news about The Pink 5K online with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more! Use the hashtags #ThePink5K and #iGoPink when sharing updates and videos. Download images and get more ideas from our Fundraiser Guide –  click here.
Thursday, May 7th 
  • 11am – 6pm – First day of Packet Pickup. Packet Pickup will be from 11am to 6pm at Luke’s Locker located in Market Street – The Woodlands. Packet will include t-shirt, bib number, and race day instructions. If you are not able to come to packet pick up or wish to register on site on race day, registration will open at 7:30am on May 9th at Rob Fleming Park.
  • 6 – 9pm – Fiesta Universal. After packet pickup, stop by the iGoPink booth at Fiesta Universal in Market Street! Learn more about the event by visiting the Montgomery County Hispanic Camber website here.
Friday, May 8th
  • 11am – 6pm – Second day of Packet Pickup at Luke’s Locker located in Market Street – The Woodlands.
  • 12pm - Online Registration Closes. On-site Registration will be available and will open at 7:30am on May 9th at Rob Fleming Park.
Saturday, May 9th – the day of The Pink 5K!!!
  • 7:30am – Registration Opens. On-site registration available! Race day tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for children, and free for children ages 2 and under. If you are not able to come to packet pick up or wish to register on site on race day, registration will open at 7:30am on at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands. Note: On-site registration is not guaranteed a t-shirt.
  • 8:15am – Welcome and Warm-up. Breast Cancer Charities of America will welcome participants to The Pink 5K and VillaSport will lead the 5 minute warm up before the race.
  • 8:30am – The Race begins! Participants will start the race in the following order: Pink 5K runners, next Pink 5K walkers, then 1 mile loop walkers, wheelchairs and strollers.
  • 9:30am – Award Presentation
  • Visit the iGoPink Store, Wine Women & Shoes Booth, and Sponsor Booths for fun activities and exciting giveaways!
Thank you for your support and joining us as we PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer! To learn more about the event and get directions, please visit www.ThePink5K.com and join our Facebook page event here.

Map of The Pink 5K – Rob Fleming Park
Location: 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX
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The Pink 5K Race Route

What’s the 5K route like? Get a sneak peek of the The Pink 5K race route before the day of the race, May 9th! Watch to see what it’s like to run/walk the 5K course through Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Pink 5K – 1 Mile and 5K Routes
1 Mile: 1 mile participants will start in the opposite direction of 5 K runners/walkers. Participants will walk across the finish line in the same direction as the 5K participants.
5K: Runners/Walkers will start going towards Lake Paloma Drive. At the Air Now Water Station, make a U-Turn and run/walk the same path back.


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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a delicious recipe from the Cancer Cutie Cookbook, Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa!

The Cancer Cutie Cookbook was written by Kathryn “Kat” Davis, a two time breast cancer survivor, certified nutritionist, health & wellness counselor and cancer coach. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 15 min



4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 1/2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 good sized lime)
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Non-stick cooking spray

1 cup chopped plum tomato (about 2)
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (optional)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (1 small lime)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 Hass avocado, peeled and finely chopped


1. To prepare chicken, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; toss and let stand 3 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. (My aunt lets it marinate overnight)
2. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.
3. To prepare salsa, combine tomato and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add avocado; stir gently to combine. Serve salsa over chicken, great with saffron rice or long grain rice.

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The Cancer Cutie Cookbook is available for purchase on Kat’s website or Amazon.com.
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The Pink 5k: One Week Away!

Time is running out to register for The Pink 5k which is coming back to The Woodlands next Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Registration is only $35 per adult and $20 for children for The Pink 5k, being held in Creekside Park. Registration can be completed at www.ThePink5k.com

“In honor of Mother’s Day next weekend, what better way to honor your mom…walking (or running) The Pink 5k!” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of race beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs, dogs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am.

The Pink 5k is presented by Northside Alfa Romeo FIAT of The Woodlands. Additional event sponsors include, Luke’s Locker, Ventura EMS, Villa Sport, AirNow, SpeedPro Imaging, Green Bank, Waste Connections, Reviewit Magazine, LIVING, Brooklyn Bagel, CostCo, StateFarm Insurance-Caley Baillio, Community Impact, Tara Flannery Photography, 99.1 SUNNY, Stori Brie Photography, Erin Garcia Photography, Integrity Comfort Solutions and ConnexionW.

Proceeds from event goes to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their numerous program services.

Register now at www.ThePink5k.com or to find out more about The Breast Cancer Charities of America, visit their website: www.iGoPink.org