PRESS Forward Against Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer….

Prevention

Studies show that 8 of 10 breast cancers can be prevented.   Prevention—not just early detection.  Breast cancer prevention is the new frontier.  Excellent studies show that prevention is possible.  We lead the way with our Vitamin D Promise program.

Research

Though the “New Era Cancer Research Fund” we underwrite less-toxic, minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment options.  This includes research on topics such as the link between Vitamin D and a reduction in cancer; how food choices impact your body during treatment and studies on Proton Therapy as a first-line treatment.

Education

Education is power in preventing and surviving breast cancer.  From teaching breast self exams to wise exercise, from managing post-treatment side-effects to mobilizing the mind for healing, we guide and support women to actively participate in health and healing.  Our University Education Program teaches students the lifestyle choices they can make at an early age to prevent breast cancer.

Survival

BCCA’s integrated cancer care program supports and complements conventional medical treatment.  The program encompasses the whole person—body, mind and spirit.  While accomplished in addition to conventional medical care, we understand it takes more than medicine to get well and stay well.

Support

When breast cancer strikes, it impacts the entire family and all areas of their life, especially financially.  We have designed our Help Now Fund to assist with the basic needs of cancer patients in need.  The demand is huge and we limit our funding to past-due rents and utilities.  Our commitment: no woman will go through breast cancer without a roof over her head and the basics of daily needs.

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We PRESS Forward in the fight against breast cancer.  We inspire hope.  We nurture healing.  We renew life.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  We are the new voice of breast cancer.  We are passionate, filled with energy and a vision.  And we will not stop until breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

Join us.  Make your voice heard.  It’s a new day in the world of breast cancer.



Wellness Wednesday

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Breast Cancer Charity Events in The Woodlands

Updated: Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 01 Oct 2010, 11:28 AM CDT

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – It is difficult for someone to imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer and not having the financial resources to pay for treatment.
It is a reality for many women to choose between either paying rent. or paying medical bills.

Non-profit organization The Breast Cancer Charities of America serves the women of Texas by helping with additional expenses such as the cost of rent and food.

FOX 26 Morning News Extra met with one BCCA volunteer Maria Ortega, a breast cancer survivor.

BCCA has been able to help twenty women across Texas and six in the Houston area.

Two BCCA fundraising events will take place in October.

Erica Harvey from BCCA previews the Stiletto Sprint and Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala on FOX 26 Morning News Extra.

The Stiletto Sprint takes place Saturday, Oct. 16 at Creekside Park in The Woodlands. Registration for men’s and women’s races begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala takes place Friday, Oct. 29 in Avia The Woodlands between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $100 each.

On the Web:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America — http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/

For the full video go to http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/health/101001-breast-cancer-charity-events-the-woodlands



Wellness Wednesday

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Oct. 29 – Breast cancer nonprofit set to host gala at Avia

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Erica Harvey, executive director, and Rebecca Titone, program manager for BCCA, test out ideas for decorations for their gala to raise money for breast cancer at Avia.

Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala

When: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Avia Hotel, 9595 Six Pines Drive

Cost: $100 per ticket with sponsorships available

More info: www.thebreastcancercharities.org, www.igopink.org or www.unmaskingbreastcancer.com

By Lauren Hodges
Updated: 09.28.10

Breast Cancer Charities of America, a global independent nonprofit with headquarters in The Woodlands, will host an inaugural gala to raise money for breast cancer programs Oct. 29 at Avia Hotel.

Proceeds will go to BCCA programs, such as the Help Now Fund and iGoPink campaign. Help Now helps breast cancer patients pay rent and utilities, and iGoPink is a fashion-forward campaign that takes a new approach to assisting breast cancer patients.

“Eighty percent of net funds raised at the gala will go to work in the local community,” said Erica Harvey, executive director of BCCA and iGoPink.

There will be a cocktail reception, and the band Yelba will perform at the Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala. The name of the gala ties into the organization’s mission of unmasking new noninvasive treatments for breast cancer.

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–>Attendees are encouraged to dress for the masquerade theme and wear hot pink to support the cause. Educational material about breast cancer and how to prevent it will be available. A silent auction will include trips, jewelry and dining experiences. There will be artistic and interactive activities at the gala, such as a photo booth.

“It’s like an adult Halloween party in The Woodlands,” Harvey said.

BCCA, located at 2002 Timberloch Place, Suite 200, is associated with 200 hospitals. In 2009, it provided $1.5 million for breast cancer research, financial assistance and educational programs, which was funded in the first five months of operation.

BCCA has been linked with fashion designers such as Trina Turk, who has a high-end clothing line available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. Harvey said the organization’s appeal and logo, which includes a stiletto heel, has brought in people to work on projects.

To qualify for the Help Now Fund, women must be referred by a social worker, nurse or hospital. Critical cases are considered first.

“We look at integrating a person’s lifestyle into the medical treatment,” Harvey said. “We focus on mind, body and spirit.”

Harvey said iGoPink follows a care pyramid of six elements: medical, nutrition, exercise, attitude, support and meaning and purpose.

“(We figure out) how the person can impact themselves, how you can take preventative measures to increase your health with what you currently have,” she said.

Tickets are $100 for the gala, and sponsorships are available. Sponsorships will be finalized by Oct. 20. The event is black tie optional. For more information, visit www.thebreastcancercharities.org, www.igopink.org or www.unmaskingbreastcancer.com.

Lauren Hodges can be reached at lhodges@hcnonline.com.



Fitness Friday

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Five Fun Tips for Fall Fitness 

(ARA) – With their kids in school, many parents pledge to take advantage of their family’s new fall schedule by adding a daily workout to their routine. Here are five tips for making fall the most fit season of all:

1. Seize the moment: Time, or the lack of it, is often cited as the biggest challenge to sustaining an exercise regimen. When the kids return to school, what better way to use some of that precious time than getting in shape? 

Your workout doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Even a half hour walking your neighborhood pays off in increased energy and stamina. Most health-club aerobics classes are just an hour long, yet offer big fitness dividends. Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do for your family.  

2. Enjoy the year’s most beautiful season: In many parts of the United States, autumn is a near-sacred season, with its warm, sunny days, cool evenings and postcard perfect colors. Get outside and enjoy the season by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, and playing golf and tennis. 

Explore parks in your area; find a new bike path through the woods, take a walk around a lake. The time spent out in nature will do as much good for your mind as for your body. 

3. Return to your club or gym: It takes 30 days to make fitness a habit, and supplementing outdoor exercise with increasingly frequent visits to your health club will help diversify your exercise regimen and set the stage for regular workouts once autumn’s leaves have fallen. 

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A well-rounded fitness regimen is important. While aerobic activity such as running or bicycling is good for your heart, resistance training is also a critical component of a balanced program, so be sure to take advantage of your club’s weight lifting equipment. 

4. An apple a day: In many parts of the country, autumn is synonymous with the apple harvest. Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, inhibiting the growth of dangerous plaques along blood vessel walls, and dietary fiber, apples are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed any time of day. 

Remember that each of us should be getting at least four to five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. However, nine out of 10 Americans do not meet these recommendations. As a result, many people should consider some form of supplementation, according to Jeff Zwiefel, president of Life Time Fitness’ Health Enhancement Division. 

“While the goal for everyone should be four to five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, many people simply do not have the time or opportunity to get there,” said Zwiefel. “That’s why Life Time Fitness has introduced a full line of supplements that have been specially designed to meet the unique needs and requirements of both men and women.” 

5. Make it social: One of the great things about exercise is that it doesn’t need to be done alone. Find a friend with a similar fitness level and goals; having a partner helps you both stay motivated. You can use your exercise time to catch up on each other’s lives. 

Boredom is the number one killer of good health and fitness regimens. Exercising with a friend puts the fun back into your workout. 

 
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For more information about Life Time Fitness, visit www.lifetimefitness.com, or call (800) 430-5433.


Thoughtful Thursday

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October is just around the corner, which means breast cancer awareness month is right around the corner! If you are looking to get involved in the fight against breast cancer, October is just the month to host your own fundraiser!

Here are some great ideas to help you get started!……Help BCCA out and make an impact in women’s lives!  For more information on The Breast Cancer Charities of America visit  www.thebreastcancercharities.org

Do you want to host an event or fundraiser in your local community to benefit iGoPink/BCCA? Check out some of the great DIY event ideas listed below with step-by-step instructions to make your fundraiser be successful, easy to host and lots of fun for a good cause. If you would like to host an event to donate to our charity please fill out our Registration Form

For more information on hosting your own event check out this link!  Third Party Event FAQs 

If you are also thinking of becoming a sponsor please check out this form. Pink Partners FAQ 

 

Host a barbecue fundraiser in your own backyard! Planning a barbecue fundraiser can be lots of fun especially when the weather is right. Barbecue fundraisers are a great way to raise money for breast cancer: the host earns funds for breast cancer quickly and guests get a delicious meal at a good price.
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Host a pink potluck, raising awareness for breast cancer. This is a great way to plan a meal for your event and get people involved! Try hosting the pink potluck at your house, even in your backyard if the weather is nice.
Get involved today 

 

Host Bunco for Breast Cancer event to raise awareness for breast cancer! Bunco fundraisers are an entertaining and successful way to raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
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Why not hold a Basket Bingo Fundraiser event? This is an exciting way to get people spending money for a worthy cause. People enjoy playing bingo and want to help the fight against breast cancer.
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NO SELLING! NO LISTS! NO PICKUP OR DELIVERY DATES! NO DEADLINES! NO MERCHANDISE! What a deal!
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Host a pink out picnic in your backyard! This event takes a little more work because a pink out picnic fundraiser means choosing creative announcements, determining an entrance fee, preparing food, finding volunteers, and lining up a raffle to bring in even more funds for The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
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The student who collects the most donations gets to pick a teacher to dye their hair/mustache/beard PINK FOR A WEEK!
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I hereby pledge to do my best in school, to have a winning attitude, and to be on my best behavior every day. Would you be willing to pledge a few dollars for my A’s & B’s to help raise money for The Breast Cancer Charities of America?
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Celebrate with friends and family at home with “cosmos for a cause”! It’s a great way to bond, make memories, let loose, and support Breast Cancer Charities of America!  DIY Cosmos



Wellness Wednesday

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Surviving breast cancer with a sense of humor: One mom’s story

Stupid Cancer by:
Michelle Maffei
As hard as the fight must be to beat breast cancer, one mother has chosen to “be a survivor, not a victim,” for herself and her family — all while keeping the sense of humor she is well known for. Read the story of Stephani J., a courageous mother, sister and wife who discovered that life does not stop once you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Putting it in Perspective

Stephanie J. from Costa Mesa, California is a dedicated worker, a good friend, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Hearing the news on May 30, 2008 that her tests came back positive for breast cancer left her mind reeling about the journey that lay ahead. But, “I refuse to let this cancer define who I am. It is something that is happening to me, that’s all,” reassures Stephanie. And, to support her position, she even sported a shirt that read, “Stupid Cancer,” flavored with her silly humor and her refusal to let Breast Cancer bring her down.

History Repeating Itself

Two years prior, Stephanie had experienced a breast infection, but after a round of antibiotics, a mammogram, and an ultrasound which came back negative, the infection was given the all clear. All was well until a second breast infection appeared in the same area about two months prior to her diagnosis, which brought on the same round of treatment and tests, this time accompanied with a fine needle biopsy. With an inconclusive result and the infection seemingly healed, Stephanie was given a follow-up ultrasound. Five “nodules” were identified as suspicious, two of which a core needle biopsy was performed.

When both sites came back as Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stephanie was scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy in June 2008, in which both breasts were scheduled to be removed. 

Family Focus

“One of the most difficult moments was when I was diagnosed and I was worried about how it was going to affect my three-and-a-half-year-old son. I had a really hard time struggling with the concern.” After speaking with a therapist, Stephanie was reassured that the plans she and her husband were making about post-op treatment were just an extension of his normal routine, which helped subdue some of the stress she was feeling.

“At his age, he doesn’t really comprehend it as much. In some ways it’s a lot better. He puts it in his own perspective, as “Mommy’s sick.” What’s important at this age is to give him every single piece of information he asks for, allow him to process it on his own, and most importantly, not to force him how to deal with it. My job is to be here to help manage it,” says Stephanie.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

To help thank the strong circle of support she had been receiving and to share the positive attitude she is carrying with her pre-surgery, Stephanie used her love of humor to threw herself a “Ta ta to the tat as” party. It was an upbeat affair, adorned with appropriately-shaped cakes and cupcakes and supporting the fight against breast cancer.

Post-Surgery TLC

After a successful surgery, it was determined that she would receive Chemo every three weeks for four and a half to five months, which she began in July. Now approaching the end of her Chemo treatments, she will begin radiation treatment, five days a week for three weeks.

As Stephanie can tell you, Chemo is no walk in the park. But, the loving support from her husband, family, friends, and work, and the sweet gestures from her now four-year-old son help her keep her spirits up and her humor strong.

“He knows I have ups and downs, when Mommy is sick and when Mommy is okay. Asks me, “How can I make you feel better?” and does something sweet.” Although it is rough on Stephanie seeing how her post-surgery and Chemo was rough on him, she acknowledges that, “he’s been handling it pretty well. We’ve been handling it all okay because we’re handling it as a family unit, and it helps that [my son is] younger.”

Work Support

Stephanie returned to work in mid-August 2008, where her circle of support was stronger than ever. Her boss is a cancer survivor, and just two years ago, Stephanie supported her boss through the entire process at that time. “When I was diagnosed, I knew I was in a supportive environment, knew a little bit of what to expect, and had a strong example and a great source of advice to follow,” shares Stephanie.

Family Future

Some people take for granted the decision whether or not to have more biological children, but with Breast Cancer survivors, the decision is made for them. The risk is very high that pregnancy can cause the cancer to return, but the option to expand their family is not a closed case. Stephanie adds, “I was adopted, so we are very open to the option, but for now, we have peace of mind knowing our family will remain a family of three.”

As Stephanie begins her radiation treatment, she continues to use her strong spirit and great sense of humor to help her remain another one of the more than 2.3 million women in the U.S. who have survived breast cancer or are living with breast cancer today, according to the National Cancer Institute’s research for 2007. Although Breast Cancer is no laughing matter, if you or someone you know is facing the fight, take a look through Stephanie’s perspective and come up with a list of your own 20 positive things that you can find about Cancer…it may just be the little light-hearted lift you needed.

This article was found on www.sheknows.com. Be sure to check out their website to find more stories just like this one!



Wellness Wednesday

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written by:

Dr. Soram Khalsa

Board certified in internal medicine, Medical Director for the East-West Medical Research Institute

October is breast cancer awareness month. By this point in time all of us are fully aware of the impact of breast cancer upon our families and our society. The American Cancer Society has estimated that in 2011, there will be over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed and 70,000 new cases of DCIS (localized breast cancer), with 40,000 women dying of breast cancer.

I am looking forward to the day when October is renamed “Breast Cancer Prevention Month”. Integrative medicine doctors have an increasing toolbox of tests and natural treatments in our armamentarium that can reduce the risk of breast cancer or the recurrence of breast cancer, and I see new patients every week who want this extra help.

Prevention is the hallmark of the approach to breast cancer. Even with a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, once she has completed her treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation, she is back in breast cancer prevention mode. At that point, she is trying to prevent a recurrence of her breast cancer.

In the integrative medicine doctors’ toolbox there are many approaches to help prevent breast cancer. These range from correcting estrogen dominance imbalances to detoxification of environmental estrogens from her body, using the techniques of naturopathic medicine.

At the present time, there is no integrative medicine modality for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer, with more data and research than vitamin D. There is so much information showing that this vitamin, which is really not a vitamin but a hormone, in sufficient daily doses can help protect against breast cancer.

Because for the last year I have been focusing my work in integrative medicine through the lens of vitamin D, I would like to review in this article several of the studies showing the importance of sufficient vitamin D to protect against breast cancer.

The Lappe Prospective study of Vitamin D and cancer prevention

In this study, Joan Lappe PhD, RN and colleagues looked prospectively at more than 400 postmenopausal women over a four-year period of time. In one group the women were given 1100 IU of vitamin D and 1000 mg of calcium daily. The control group did not receive this. The results of the study were that the women who took the vitamin D and calcium over the ensuing four years reduced their rate of cancer by an amazing 60%. In fact the authors looked in more detail and found that for every 10 ng/ml increase in a woman’s vitamin D blood level, the relative risk of cancer dropped by 35%. These data were not limited to breast cancer but included all cancers.

Goodwin Study

In this study originally presented in 2008, Pamela Goodwin, M.D. and colleagues, retrospectively looked at more than 500 women over a period of 11 years. What she and her colleagues found was that those women who had been deficient in vitamin D at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis were 73% more likely to die from breast cancer than those with sufficient vitamin D at the time of diagnosis. In addition those that were deficient in vitamin D at the time of their diagnosis of breast cancer were almost twice as likely to have recurrence or spread over those years.

My wife and I had the pleasure to listen to an interview of one of the authors of this article. Much to our shock and chagrin the author pointed out that because the study was retrospective they would never recommend that a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer take more than the minimum daily requirement (RDA) of vitamin D. They specifically said that they would never recommend additional vitamin D until more randomized placebo-controlled prospective studies were done. This will take an additional 5 to 10 years.

When I presented this information to my staff of mostly women they too were shocked that in light of the data the researcher was not recommending newly diagnosed breast cancer patients take additional vitamin D.

In my own practice of medicine, I have never had a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient who came to me for integrative medicine support of her breast cancer diagnosis, have a vitamin D level measured by her oncologist. What is wrong with this picture?

Epidemiological Study about breast cancer

In a major epidemiological study by Cedric Garland PhD and others, the researchers exhaustively reviewed the medical literature on the relationship between breast cancer and vitamin D levels. According to the analysis done in this article, if women kept their vitamin D blood levels at approximately 52 ng/ml, we could expect a 50% reduction in the risk of breast cancer.

In light of this study I endeavor to keep all of my patients who have a high risk for breast cancer or who have had breast cancer already above a blood level of 52 ng/ml.

So what should we do?

The gold standard for medical decision making is the randomized placebo-controlled double-blind prospective study. The study I presented above by Dr. Lappe is one of the few such prospective studies that have already been published using vitamin D. Of course more are on the way.

So the question arises should a woman raise her blood levels higher than the current national average, and will she be harmed by taking a dose of vitamin D that allows her to do this?

My position, and the position of many vitamin D researchers is that because vitamin D is so inexpensive and because the relative risk of overdose of vitamin D is very small, what is the harm in raising women’s blood levels to protect against breast cancer? We would only be raising her level into what is now recognized in the medical literature to be optimal. In my opinion, given that vitamin D overdose does not begin until blood levels of 100 ng/ml and more probably 150 ng/ml, what is the harm in women taking doses of vitamin D high enough to get their blood levels up this high, as long as they monitor their blood on a regular basis to assure there is no overdose?

The data is so strong and every year getting stronger. Why don’t we take action now? How many more women need to get breast cancer or die from it before we make a move?

As written about in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn, it takes many years or even decades, for new findings in science and medicine to take hold in a way that the population as a whole can benefit. In many cases this is because of an unreasonable need for certainty.

Arthur Schopenhauer, the famous philosopher, said this best when he stated: “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

I believe we are in transition between the second and the third stages of Schopenhauer’s description in regards to vitamin D. Appropriate (higher) levels of vitamin D are being opposed but not violently so at this point in time. But just the same, these higher levels of vitamin D are still not yet encouraged by the majority of physicians.

Unfortunately I believe it will take another 5 to 10 years until the prospective studies are strong enough to convince the most conservative physicians of the benefits of this amazing vitamin, so that all Americans and all people of the world can benefit from what many of us see as a necessary dose of this very important vitamin.

But ask yourself if you need to wait that long?

I invite your comments and thoughts.

To your improving health!

Soram Khalsa, M.D., has practiced integrative medicine and been a member of the medical staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center for over 30 years. He is a clinical professor of medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a member of the Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council for the state of California.

He is the author of The Vitamin D Revolution and writes a blog on the newest findings about vitamin D.

You can follow him on Twitter. Or become a fan of his on Facebook.



It’s Fitness Friday, Folks!!

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Fun Fitness: Exercises That Don’t Feel Like Work

Who says fitness has to be deadly dull? There are many activities that will make you break a sweat without longing for the finish line.

Many people believe there’s no such thing as fun fitness. In their minds, a good workout means trudging on a treadmill or lugging weights around a joyless gym, and that there’s no gain without the pain.

Exercises That Don't Feel Like Work

“They think of it as more of a chore, something they have to do because they’ve been told to do it by their doctor or physical therapist,” says Julie Ann McCarthy, a physical therapist in San Francisco and a spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association.

This, of course, is nonsense. There are many ways to combine fun and fitness.

Fun Fitness: Let’s Count the Ways

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  • Competitive sports. “A lot of guys come in and say, ‘I don’t like exercising, but I like playing basketball,’” McCarthy says. “The camaraderie and the group setting help you have fun and forget you’re working your heart and lungs.” Soccer, tennis, and racquetball are other competitive sports that can help improve your fitness. Some gyms are even offering competitive dodge ball as a fun game to get your heart pumping.
  • Outdoor activities. Walking, jogging, bicycling, and swimming can get you out in fresh air and sunshine, making your fitness workout feel less like work and more like play. “I usually tell people to start with a run-walk program with a friend,” McCarthy says. “You can slowly build yourself up so you’re running more and walking less.” Other options include kayaking, hiking, inline skating, and skateboarding.
  • Martial arts. Classes that teach karate, jujitsu, judo, tae kwon do, or kickboxing provide a workout aimed at improving your fitness, coordination, and mental discipline.
  • Dance classes. Energetic ballroom dancing is considered a vigorous workout by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dance styles like the salsa, meringue, and mambo can keep you whirling and twirling so much you forget you’re actually getting into shape.
  • Acrobatics. Activities like tumbling, headstands, and somersaults can condition your body and help you feel like a kid again. You can use a balance beam, rings, or just a padded floor. Bouncing on a trampoline is another type of acrobatic fitness fun. Just be careful — these activities can lead to injury if your form is off or you lose your balance.
  • Kid stuff. Don’t discount the fitness to be had in kids’ activities like jumping rope or riding a pogo stick. For example, jumping rope improves your balance, stamina, and coordination, while working muscle groups in your arms, legs, chest, back, shoulders, and abdomen.
  • Nintendo Wii. The venerable video game maker upped the fun factor for fitness when it released its Wii Fit game. Other game makers have followed suit with more video workouts involving the Wii. “It’s a good place to start,” McCarthy says. “If it gets people up and moving, that’s great, and hopefully it will escalate into more intense exercise.”

 

You can make any fitness activity more fun by recruiting a workout buddy or joining a group. Nearly every town has a jogging or bicycle club in which you can take part. “People are more motivated when they’re held accountable by someone else,” McCarthy says. “It’s also more fun when you have company.”

Another way to curtail fitness boredom is to mix up your activities. “With any exercise, your body adapts,” McCarthy says. “It’s important to change your routine so you don’t plateau.”

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Tasty Tuesdays: Summer Edamame Salad

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Looking for a great, healthy and easy summer recipe?  Try out one of our favorites from the kitchen of our Executive Director, Erica Harvey (she always is talking about this salad that she makes!!)

1 Package steamed/shelled edamame

1 Can rinsed dark red kidney beans

1 Can rinsed/drained garbanzo beans

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

1/4 cup of chopped red onion

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup lime juice

Dash of salt

Zest of a lime

Mix all ingredients together and let sit overnight (stirring a few times too).  SO delish and high in protein, fiber and great nutrients!



Think Pink Tip of the Week: Exercise, Diet May Benefit Patients Receiving Cancer Treatments

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By Steven Marsh • May 24th, 2010 • Category: Energy, Health News, Health Resources News

Patients who exercise daily and eat a proper diet while receiving treatments for breast and prostate cancer may improve their overall health, according to a study that will be presented at this year’s annual meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A team of researchers enrolled a total of 50 participants into the trial, which included 30 female breast cancer patients and 20 male patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The participants were aged 35 to 80 years, and were either currently receiving cancer treatment or treatment-free for one year.

Following health screenings at the start of the study, each patient was recommended a specific exercise and diet plan that was based on their weight, overall health as well as what time of cancer treatment they were receiving.

The results of the trial showed that patients who were receiving treatment and following appropriate diet and exercise habits were less fatigued and didn’t experience as many side effects caused by the cancer treatments.

Eleanor M. Walker, division director of breast services at Henry Ford Hospital, stated that “using exercise as an approach to cancer care has the potential to benefit patients both physically and psychologically, as well as mitigate treatment side effects.”

In 2009, more than 560,000 patients in the U.S. died from cancer, the American Cancer Association reports.

By:http://www.betterhealthresearch.com