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Your Many Options to Walk for Breast Cancer in October and Beyond

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For Americans across the country, October is known for cooler temperatures, trick-or-treating and — as of the last three decades — pink ribbons, 3-day walks and coming together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. In 1985, October was designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in hopes of increasing awareness of early detection methods like mammography as the most effective way to combat breast cancer. And it’s really made a positive impact.

Now, more than 30 years later, people around the world don their best pink every October to shine a spotlight on this disease and its impact. With a new case of breast cancer being diagnosed every two minutes in the United States, the need to raise both funds and awareness is as important as ever.


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One of the best ways for runners and walkers to get involved is to do a race. Races are not just in October, either. Running and walking events benefitting breast cancer are held all around the country on nearly every weekend of the year. If you’re looking to get involved, it’s pretty easy. We’ve put together a few of the heavy-hitters:

Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen, one of the country’s largest and most widely known breast cancer organizations, hosts 146 races each year to raise funds for a cure and support those affected by the disease. It started in 1986 with 800 participants in the first race today’s events that annually host more than 1 million racers combined. Komen’s events attract walkers, runners and — the most inspiring attendees — breast cancer survivors.

According to the Komen website, 75 percent of the net income from each race benefits the local community hosting it. Since the races began, there’s been more than $ 2 billion raised nationwide. Some of the largest races are in Columbus, New York City, Houston, Denver and even Rome. Taking the 5K events even further, Komen offers 3-Day options in seven U.S. cities where participants walk 60 miles over three days, camp in pink tents and clean up in mobile shower trucks.

To find a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure near you, search their website for a date and location.

Making Strides Against Cancer

The American Cancer Society offers countless fundraising walks to support those impacted by breast cancer. Making Strides Against Cancer events can be found in more than 270 communities across the country — offering distances from 3–5 miles and hosting more than 11 million participants since the first event in 1984 in Boston. Since then, these events have collectively raised over $ 685 million in the fight against breast cancer.

With the American Cancer Society based in Atlanta, the event held in Georgia’s capital city is one of the organization’s largest and most popular races. The 2015 event brought out more than 25,000 people and raised $ 1 million to fund research, education and support for those with breast cancer. This year, the event will be held on October 29 for a non-competitive 5K walk in Atlanta’s landmark Piedmont Park.

Sign up for the Making Strides Against Cancer event of your choice on the American Cancer Society’s website.

DIY Fundraising

Naturally in 2016, you can race virtually! The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s VRace enables you to log miles on your own schedule, and at your own pace. Simply sign up for the campaign, use a fitness tracker to count your miles and fundraise on your own along the way.

There’s an App For That

Charity Miles uses your daily activity levels — anything from walking your dog to a daily morning run — to earn money for the charity of your choice. The app currently has 37 charities to choose from (including Stand Up To Cancer), and they are working to add even more in the near future.


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How KIND Bars Got The FDA to Redefine “Healthy”

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If a box of sugary breakfast cereal can be labeled ‘healthy’ while nutrient-dense foods like nuts, avocados and salmon can’t, there’s an issue with how we label food. So, what is this issue exactly?

Last March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified KIND Bars that it was violating label regulations. As it turns out, for a product to be labeled “healthy,” it can only contain 1 gram or less of saturated fat. After reviewing the nutrition breakdown, four KIND bars didn’t make the cut, likely because of the nut and coconut content.

KIND bars responded by filing a citizen petition on December 1. It urged the FDA to update their labeling policies so that it promotes a healthy eating pattern instead of singling out specific nutrients like fat. This drew media attention to the FDA’s 20-plus-year-old food labeling regulations, which were written at a time where Americans were urged to eat less fat.

Since then, the FDA revisited its policies and asked the public to help redefine what “healthy” really means. The hope is that having a set definition for what “healthy” means on packaged foods can:

  1. Enable consumers like you and me to make smarter, quicker food choices, and
  2. Guide food companies to create healthier products

As a result of this revision, the FDA published an immediately effective guidance for the use of “healthy” on food labels. Their new guidance outlined the department’s focus towards the type of fat eaten instead of the total amount of fat eaten. Plus, they highlighted nutrients of public health concern, namely potassium and vitamin D.

So, what’s the new definition for “healthy”?

To date, foods can be labeled “healthy” if each standard serving is:

  1. Not low in total fat, but made of predominantly mono- and polyunsaturated fats or
  2. Contain at least 10% of your Daily Value for potassium or vitamin D.

And with that, KIND bars were able to label their products as “healthy” once again. Everyone lived happily ever after, or did they? KIND bars maintain that more work needs to be done. In their blog post, they promised to continue being a part of the food policy conversation so consumers can have clear, consistent information to guide them in the grocery store.

Many of us believe nutritional science is always evolving, and it’s important to have our policies updated to reflect the most recent and recognized research. Others may believe it’s ludicrous to define what “healthy” means to begin with.

Got an opinion? Send it over to the FDA. Between now and January 26, 2017 they will be taking your comments to develop a proposed rule that redefines the term “healthy” on food labels.

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5 Easy Snack Hacks–With Pears!

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When it comes to fall fruit, apples seem to get all the attention — but let’s not forget that pear season is also at its peak right now. This means they’re likely piled high and priced right at your local grocery store.

Want a quick tip on knowing when a pear is ripe? Simply “check the neck”: Apply pressure with your thumb to the neck of the pear, by the stem. If it yields to pressure, it’s ripe. If it’s still hard, leave it on the counter to ripen or put it in the fridge to save for another day.

We love pears because they’re sweet, juicy, packed with vitamin C and are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep us feeling full and our digestive tracts happy. They make a perfect snack, especially when “peared” with protein and good fats. Here are five satisfying new ways to snack on pears this fall.


screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-47-45-pmPears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. Plus, they’re sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free. For additional recipes and tasty ways on incorporating pears into your diet, see here.

 


1. Cinnamon Pear Chips

As it turns out, healthy chips can be delicious. Just slice 23 pears super thin, sprinkle with cinnamon (and a little brown sugar, if desired) and bake them low and slow on a lightly greased baking sheet (200°F for 2—2 1/2 hours, flipping halfway through). For a balanced snack with more staying power, spoon a little cottage cheese on top of each chip.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. Plus, they’re sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free. For additional recipes and tasty ways on incorporating pears into your diet, see here.

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2. Sliced Pear and Ricotta Toast

Think avocado toast, only better. This satisfying snack features sliced Bartlett pears atop whole-grain toast with protein-packed ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with walnuts for added fiber and a boost of healthy omega-3s.

*Insider tip: The best way to judge ripeness of a Bartlett pear is its skin. The color brightens as it ripens!

3. Pear Skewers

Make this simple, packable snack by sliding pear cubes, chunks of your favorite cubed string cheese and whatever else you like (think: red grapes or avocado) onto toothpicks. Toss them into a food storage container, and hit the road.

4. Peanut Butter Pear “Cookies”

If you’re looking for a grain- and gluten-free option, this is an easy but oh-so-delicious snack. Slice a Bosc or Bartlett pear, and top each piece with peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts and sprinkle of toasted coconut.

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5. Creamy Pear Smoothie

Don’t put your blender away just because summer is over! Ripe Bartlett pears add a boost of fiber and make smoothies that much smoother.

For a great green smoothie, combine 1 cup liquid (water, coconut water or milk), 2 cups spinach, 1 small frozen banana (previously peeled and sliced), 1 medium frozen Bartlett pear (previously chopped), 1/2 small avocado and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Creamy Pear Smoothie


Elle Cooking copyElle Penner, MPH, RD, is an active runner, food-enthusiast and healthy lifestyle blogger. For more healthy recipes and fitness inspiration, check out her blog, According to Elle, and connect with her on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

 

 


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Turkey Sausage Sandwich

Turkey Sausage Sandwich

You can love turkey sausage without loving the sodium, additives and preservatives usually found in store-bought versions. How? Make your own sausage patties with this lower-sodium recipe! Pair each patty with a whole-grain English muffin and tomato slices for a complete breakfast. To save time in the morning, prep sausage patties and freeze until you’re ready to serve.

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