Thursday October 17, 2013
Studies show significant increases in cancer occurrence in people who are overweight or obese. This link is stronger in some cancer types—including breast cancer after menopause. Curves, the largest fitness club chain in the world for women and a leader in the weight management category, and partner of the American Cancer Society, is offering women an incentive to exercise during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while also supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
The Guarino family, Christine and Kenan and daughters Emily and Jenni, opened Curves in South Burlington in mid July. The fitness program offers women a 30-minute circuit with a coach that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching.
Now through the end of October, women can purchase a $10 punch card for 10 workouts at Curves with all proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The 10 workouts, to be used by November 15, 2013, can be done in honor of someone who has battled breast cancer and a poster will be up in the Club for each participant to sign.
“The Curves mission is to strengthen women and this promotion helps us do just that,” said Emily, an annual Making Strides team participant and the 2013 Curves team captain. “The punch card is a fun way for women to get involved and help punch out cancer, but it also gives us the opportunity to teach the importance of exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight. After all, 30 minutes of ‘me’ time is always a good thing.”
The American Cancer Society recommends choosing healthy foods, watching portion sizes, and trying to get regular physical activity. Similar changes are recommended for cancer survivors (assuming there are no medical problems that would interfere or worsen with exercise). In fact, some studies suggest that getting regular physical activity can improve survival for women with breast cancer.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009 and underwent surgery and radiation therapy,” shared South Burlington resident Dotty Casey. “Knowing that exercise has been clinically proven to reduce cancer recurrence, I was pleased when a new Curves opened in South Burlington; I immediately joined. I am energized by my program and have made exercise a regular part of my work week.” Dotty added. “Emily, Jen and Christine share their expertise, knowledge and passion with their clients, making membership in Curves a positive and meaningful experience.”
In support of all women with breast cancer, and the several Curves members who are themselves breast cancer survivors, Curves has formed a team to walk in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to celebrate cancer survivors, honor loved ones lost and fight back to help end breast cancer forever. Making Strides is a five-mile non-competitive walk with a 1.5 mile option. This year, for the first time, Emily is confident she can finish the entire walk route. She’ll be cheered on by thousands of Strides supporters.
The American Cancer Society is helping people with breast cancer today in every community and is working tirelessly to find cures. One out of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to the Society for answers and support.
For more information about the Curves punch card, contact Emily Guarino at 802-497-2492 or visit Curves at 1 Executive Drive, South Burlington.
Help finish the fight against breast cancer by joining Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chittenden County at Dorset Park on Sunday, October 20, 1 p.m. Register online at makingstrideswalk.org/Chittendencountyvt or on event day beginning at 11 a.m.