Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

(Katie Laurentiev also contributed to this article)

These days it seems like there are so many different ways to support the fight against breast cancer. It is no doubt that this awareness has helped to create the latest new beneficial and less-invasive treatments that are available to patients today. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’ve compiled a list of several must-have items for the always aware and health-conscious athlete in each of us.

The Belkin Sport Armband is the perfect way to raise awareness as you run to your gym-worthy playlist. This trendy bright pink arm candy is a light and easy way to have your ipod with you, while keeping your hands free. Besides the obvious pink tone of this item, Belkin donates $2.50 from each sale of this product to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

A girl can never have too many bras, and a fitness fashionista can never have too many sports bras! Support your ladies while supporting Breast Cancer Awareness by purchasing an ultra-durable sports bra from the Breast Cancer Site. Let your gym-mates in on this great find – the Breast Cancer Site funds 1% of a mammogram for each sports bra purchased.

With your armband for your ipod and your new sassy sports bra, we’re sure you’ll be getting in some quality sweat-inducing workouts. Stay hydrated (and eco-friendly!) with an Athena 24 oz. Sports Bottle. The best part of your purchase will be knowing that ALL of the profits are donated to women’s cancer research.

If you’ve become an avid yogi but are still renting your yoga mat during each lesson, it’s time to take the plunge and buy one! At matsmatsmats.com, you’ll find a pink yoga mat that’ll help you stand out in the sea of blue (and smelly!) rentals! Plus, 10% of your purchase goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. How’s that for good karma and zen?

In a culture where frightening images of breast cancer abound, it has never been more important for girls and young women to have the real facts about breast health. That’s why Breastcancer.org founder Marisa Weiss and her college-aged daughter Isabel Friedman have teamed up to write Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens. This mother-daughter pair interviewed over 3,000 girls and their mothers to find out what questions and anxieties today’s girls are facing most – from how to do a self-breast exam to whether tanning and antiperspirants can cause breast cancer. Questions are answered in a friendly, anecdotal format containing both easy to read facts and easy to follow guidelines. No girl in your life should be without a copy. Pick one up at your local bookstore or order one from www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307406965.

Originally published October 2008
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