Run 10 Feed 10: Presented by Women’s Health Magazine

OK, so I’m going to post about running…..don’t get scared!

The annual Run 10 Feed 10 is coming up faster than Kara Goucher, and we need to get prepared.

Women’s Health Magazine has been kind enough to send me ALL the info we need to get involved AND a coupon code so we can get involved on the cheap :) Keep in mind, the coupon is for Houston, BUT the Run 10 Feed 10 campaign will be taking place all around the nation…even virtually.

Run with us and you can help feed hungry people in your area.

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WHO: Join Women’s Health Magazine, FEED, and thousands of men and women runners in the fight against hunger.

What:  This fall, Women’s Health magazine will once again host its signature RUN10 FEED10 event with a mission and is heading to Houston, TX. Women’s Health and FEED, the organization founded by philanthropist and social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren, partner for this race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. The concept is simple: run a 10k, feed 10 people. Last year, RUN10, FEED10 raised 1.5 million meals, and the magazine hopes to provide even more in 2014. The money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to support food banks in the nearest Houston metropolitan areas.  Also included in the registration fee are a 2014 limited-edition FEED bag and a FEED bracelet as a special finisher prize. The day will include:

·      An unforgettable experience running at 10K for those in need

·      Pre and post race activities

·      Tons of freebies, experiences and giveaways

·      Special guests and more…

Where:

FINISH STRONG SPORTS

6426 Washington Avenue

Houston, TX 77007

 

REGISTRATION:

$35 for early registration.  Sign up for Run10 FEED 10 at www.run10feed10.com. Use code R10F10PR for a $5 discount! That’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks :)

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FUNDRAISE OR DONATE!

If you fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10, there’s no minimum fundraising goal. Raise $5, $10, $100 or more — whatever you can do! All money raised will help those in need. Team up with other participants to fundraise for RUN 10 FEED 10. Join a team or create your own so that we can make sure the funds are distributed to your community! Every dollar amount counts.

For those who don’t consider themselves runners….

To donate, visit the RUN 10 FEED 10 Crowdrise site and click on the red box that says “DONATE” on the right side of the page: https://www.crowdrise.com/womenshealthrun10feed10

BONUS!!!!!!

SHOP WITH A PURPOSE!

SHOP with Women’s Health and PlanG and earn giving dollars with your favorite retailers. Donations earned with each purchase will go directly to The FEED Foundation on behalf of RUN 10 FEED 10. You’ll transform your everyday shopping into feats of purpose! Here’s how it works:

1.    Install the PlanG shopping app for your web browser, and run through the one-time setup in seconds.

2.   Customize your settings with a few simple clicks.

3.   Shop at your favorite brands to collect your extra giving dollars.

4.   It’s totally free! The FEED Foundation gets 95% of your donations. PlanG only receives 5% (to help pay the rent).

5.    Download the app and start shopping!

 

 

ABOUT RUN10FEED10: Women’s Health and FEED are partnering for the 3rd annual RUN10 FEED10 10K race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. RUN10 FEED10 has raised over 2.5 million meals to support the cause, and in 2014 the bar is set even higher. The concept behind RUN10FEED10 is simple: run a 10K and feed 10 hungry people in your community. Timed 10K races will take place in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Those living in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. can participate in one of the Women’s Health “Fun Runs,” and if runners don’t live in one of the RUN10 FEED 11 host cities, they can still participate by registering at RUN10FEED10.com to run a 10K in their hometown. Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 21, 2014, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed race ending at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. A post-race wellness festival will feature yoga sessions, nutrition, beauty consultations and great giveaways from sponsors.   The RUN10 FEED10 races in Chicago and San Francisco, and also feature a robust wellness festivals post-race. Women’s Health is excited to partner with “Good Morning America,” the Emmy Award winning morning show, to bring RUN10 FEED10 to households nationwide and inspire viewers to run for the cause. Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, will host the New York City flagship event, running alongside the participants.www.run10feed10.com

Check out more from Women’s Health Magazine HERE

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Focus on Prevention

Most of us do not need a month to be reminded of breast cancer, since it is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent forms of cancer. Many of us know those affected. Today, I’ll be talking about some of the risk factors for developing breast cancer as well as how diet and exercise affect it, but remember it’s not picky. Gentlemen, heads up…it can affect you as well.

RISK FACTORS FOR DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER:

  • Estrogen produced in the body.
  • Combination hormone therapy/hormone replacement therapy.
  • Exposure to radiation.
  • Obesity.
  • Alcohol.
  • Inherited risk.
  • Smoking.
  • Lack of exercise.

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Diet itself has been studied for risk factors of developing breast cancer. The results have been inconclusive as to any specific diet that will cause or prevent cancer. Your overall diet (the foods you consume) and health does play a role however. Crash dieting (falling for the “new” diet craze again and again) can weaken the immune system over time. Factors such as birth control pills and environment (living amidst power plants, for example) have not been proven to be a determining cause in the mutation of cancer cells either.

It is quite important to point out that we all do have cancer cells in our bodies. It is the mutation of these cells that presents itself as what we know as cancer. There are many clinical trials being done to determine which actions one can take to help play a role in the prevention of certain types of cancer. These clinical trails are testing the effects of exercise, vitamins, certain diets, medicines and supplements.

While we may not be able to say that people who exercise and eat clean will avoid cancer altogether, there is proof that those who enjoy and active and healthy lifestyle have a better chance of survival in general. Regular exercise helps to decrease muscle and joint pain (if your exercise only CAUSES pain, consider switching it up), strengthen cardiovascular health, improve general immunity, improve balance and muscle coordination, as well as improving overall health and mood. A diet that is rich is fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins and whole grains, along with healthy fats, helps to keep the entire body performing at optimal levels all year. So, while diet and exercise may not give you a guarantee on preventing cancer entirely, it does help to keep the entire body healthy and able to fight disease.

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One of the biggest steps in prevention is early detection. Monthly self exams and yearly physicals keep us on top of our game when it comes to early detection and even treatment. Remember, keep your whole health at the forefront of your decisions for the best health that can be offered. In other words: don’t fill your body with crap unless you want crap to happen… Take as much control over your health as possible today!

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So, what can you do to involve yourself in the fight? I’m glad you asked :)

For starters, there are MANY companies committed to providing funds for cancer research. This is research needed to pinpoint cancer prevention as well as the best treatments. Shopping is one thing you can do to help fight the fight. Many companies are offering proceeds from certain products to cancer research. The easiest online access I have found is in the Breast Cancer Store.

You can also get involved in a 5K walk/run locally to help raise awareness and funding for research. Certain big names such as Under Armour, New Balance and Reebok are all offering PINK apparel to raise awareness as well.

However you show your support, I ask a favor…don’t stop on October 31st. Spread the word year round, annoy your friends and family with it and help to raise both awareness and funding. YOU could save a life.

Peace, love and lunges,

Michelle