iGopink raises awareness of breast cancer
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 01:09
The iGoPink breast cancer charity was on campus Tuesday advocating the importance of developing and maintaining a cancer-preventive lifestyle.
According to the National Cancer Institute, a preventive lifestyle focuses on integrated wellness. This means the “whole person”—physically, mentally, and emotionally—is changing their way of life to zero in on cancer prevention.
“The Integrated Cancer Care message is so vital to the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer,” Catie Fuller, iGoPink director of marketing, said.
The institute also states that self-conducted examinations, diet, exercise and proper nutrition are key components of breast cancer prevention. When the whole body is healthy, they say, it is less likely that unregulated cell growth will occur, including a 40 percent reduction in risk.
The group handed out information concerning healthy choices, healthy habits, early detection methods and a grocery list consisting of recommended health foods to students.
In support of its wellness campaign, iGoPink also handed out flyers inviting students to participate in its fourth annual Stiletto Sprint in the Woodlands on Saturday. The sprint is designed to encourage physical exercise while supporting the Breast Cancer Charities of America.
“Our mission is to have fun and do good,” Fuller said.
The sprint is a 50-meter dash where runners wear high heels and compete for the fastest time. Both women’s and men’s stiletto sprints are held, as well as a youth and co-ed sneaker sprint.
In addition to the registration fee, participants are encouraged to raise additional funding for the charity. Donations help fund the Breast Cancer Charities’ network of hospitals and support organizations that work toward breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Online registration for the Stiletto Sprint is still open for those wishing to participate. For more information on developing and maintaining preventive lifestyles and the Stiletto Sprint, visit www.iGoPink.org.