February 25, 2010
Week #8: SUPPORT EFFORTS TO GET RID OF TOXIC CHEMICALS
Phthalates have been linked to breast cancer, early puberty in girls, reduced testosterone levels, lowered sperm counts, genital defects in baby boys and testicular cancer. These chemicals are also found in products marketed to children. Support legislation that would ban phthalates in children’s toys like BCF-sponsored Toxic Toys Bill in California. Learn how: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=3125753.
Also check out Environment California’s report, Toxic Baby Bottles that identifies which baby bottles contain Bisphenol A http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/reports/environmental-health/environmental-health-reports/toxic-baby-bottles
February 23, 2010
READY TO RUN 5K TRAINING PROGRAM RACE FOR THE CURE
If you’ve ever dreamed of finishing your first 5K, this program is for you!
– Designed for the beginner and to accomplish a 5K (3.1 miles).
– Learn about running form, injury prevention, increasing speed and distance, and choosing the right shoe.
– Classes meet Saturday mornings for 10 weeks and will finish with the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure on May 1, 2010
-First Class will meet February, 27th 2010 at Voelcker Park/Salado Creek Greenway at 9:30am
Cost of Training program is $100 for Stroller Strides members and $130 for non member, cost includes a Team Stroller Strides Running Jersey
Contact Lisa DeArmond
February 22, 2010
Week #7: EARLY PUBERTY
Girls get their first periods today, on average, a few months earlier than girls did 40 years ago, but they get their breasts one to two years earlier. Over the course of a few decades, the childhoods of U.S. girls have been significantly shortened. Early Puberty is a known risk factor for breast cancer and other mental and physical health problems.
Like breast cancer, early puberty is caused by a combination of factors. The interactions among these factors can be quite complex. We know that endocrine disrupting chemicals (chemicals that disrupt hormones) like phthalates and Bisphenol A are a possible cause of early puberty, but we also know that exposure to these chemicals in utero or early in life can also lead to low birth weight and obesity, which are themselves possible causes of early puberty. While there are some areas of research that need more attention there is enough evidence for us to take action now to prevent early puberty. Find out what you can do personally and politically at www.breastcancerfund.org/pubertyreport.
February 11, 2010
Week # 6: Join The Campaign
Help us spread the word about breast cancer prevention. Share your knowledge with family and friends by showing them simple, everyday steps they can take to help reduce their risk. Link them to pureprevention.org to learn more and get involved.
February 4, 2010
Week #5: Get Outside
We know that exercise can help protect against breast cancer and many other negative health outcomes. Physical activity reduces your exposures to certain ovarian hormones. Exercise with weights helps build muscle and reduce body fat, lowering your level of circulating estrogen. Lower levels of ovarian hormones and circulating estrogen both decrease your breast cancer risk. Through annual outdoor physical challenges, the Breast Cancer Fund enables breast cancer survivors and supporters to find strength through adversity and make strides to eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. Each year, a courageous group of women take part in an amazing experience called Climb Against the Odds with fundraising proceeds going to Breast Cancer Fund programs. For more information on this once in a lifetime experience go to Climb Against the Odds at www.breastcancerfund.org/climb.