Unfortunately, hormone imbalance and estrogen dominance can greatly increase our breast cancer risk. However, we've also got some good news: reducing the effects of many of these factors is well within our influence, who knew! What you eat regulates many aspects of body function, including the secretion of certain hormones & your diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight, ward of different diseases and sicknesses, keep our hormones balanced and our estrogen at healthy levels . In addition to reaping hormonal rewards through food, women can also drink their way to health with some easy, potent beverages that can have a big impact on the endocrine system. These recipes are simple, affordable, and — yes — totally tasty.
That's a wrap on an amazing 4 days at X Games Aspen 2016! The crazy weather conditions didn't stop anyone from coming out to watch the world's best winter athletes compete all weekend long. Thousands of X Games goers came by the B4BC booth in the ESPN Corporate Citizenship tent to get autograph signings by Team B4BC riders Jamie Anderson, Elena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington, take the B4BC Prevention Pledge, and learn how to Check One, Two. We’re all about teaching the youth the best ways to prevent breast cancer and this was an amazing place to do just that!
Barrett Christy & snowboarding go hand-in-hand and we are stoked to have support from such an outstanding woman! Barrett has supported B4BC and our mission since the beginning and coincidentally 2016 marks big years for both of us. Not only is B4BC celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Barrett is celebrating 20 years of her Gnu B-Pro board. Check out the article from Transworld below to learn more about Barrett's accomplishments & the Transworld Legend Award.
The lemon is such a kitchen staple. We use it to flavor our morning tea, to add a kick to a glass of water, and to liven up recipe upon recipe, but the lemon’s uses go far past just that. We want to shed some light on a few you might not be aware of — and we encourage you to do the same!
How do you choose between the delicious lavender body lotion and the mango-vanilla skin salve? Or the cherry lip gloss and the peppermint lip balm? We are here to help! American women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day through personal care and beauty products, isn’t that crazy?! Living non-toxic is one of our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, meaning we think it’s SUPER important to understand what exactly we’re putting on our precious skin.
There is no better way to celebrate Boarding for Breast Cancer’s (B4BC’s) 20th Anniversary than with a fundraiser featuring the 20 Most Iconic Snowboarding Images of All Time, and an opportunity to own a piece of history. Trevor Graves, founder of NEMO Design and celebrated snowboard photographer, and Kathleen Gasperini, co-founder and Executive Director of B4BC and pioneer of snowboarding journalism, have teamed-up once again to create a unique photo and art exhibition in honor of snowboarding and B4BC’s 20th Anniversary.
By now, you probably know that plastics can be hugely problematic for our health and mother nature. Living Green is one of our 8 Stomps to Step Out Breast Cancer so we believe that it is always better to choose materials such as glass, stainless steel, or organic fabrics. However… plastics are almost everywhere and can be really difficult to avoid. They're in practically every kind of household product: food containers, cleaning supplies, kitchenware, and much more. The good news is that not all plastics are created equal, and some are safer than others.
Pomegranate is without a doubt one of our favorite foods this time of year! Sweet and tart. Tangy and juicy. Delicious. That's the pleasure you get when you crack open a fresh pomegranate and suck on the deep red seeds of the luscious fruit. Or when you simply crack open a bottle of pure pomegranate juice and take a satisfying gulp. Not only are pomegranates tasty, but they're also full of natural health benefits.
2016 is here and we’re all about getting off to a good start. Detox is a very popular word this time of year but what does "detox" mean to you? Most people think of fasting, dieting, or some crazy cleanse. Although all these do involve some sort of detox, they tend to be a temporary fix for a much larger problem. Detoxing is all about removing nasty, often cancer-causing toxins from our bodies in order to help live an overall healthier life!
Winter means cold & SNOW (can you tell we're excited?) but for many, winter also means cold + flu season. It is almost instinctual for us to head to the doctor’s office to get meds when we come down with a sickness. However, the antibiotics often prescribed usually wind up doing much more harm than good, killing off healthy bacteria and the bad pathogens. While antibiotics do have their place in medicine, why not think about reaching for a natural solution when you can? Mother Nature has some pretty amazing things to offer us!
It’s that time of year again; the time when everyone is making resolutions… or the complete opposite. It seems that many people these days are quick to reject the idea of New Year's resolutions because it brings up memories of failed attempts and hopeful do-overs. We get that. But what if the concept of a New Year's resolution isn't actually at fault? What if it's about the resolutions you choose to make?
Chances are you’re either on your phone or have it somewhere nearby… We’re all guilty. It’s time to put that little gadget to GREAT use by downloading the free B4BC app! The app teaches you how to perform your own breast self exam, shares our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer, and so much more. The best part? The B4BC app allows you to set a monthly breast self-exam reminder. According to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, “40% percent of diagnosed breast cancer is detected by women who feel a lump on their own bodies, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”
This week we’re giving you a little taste (no pun intended) of our collaboration with Goofy Foot Foods. If you’re in need of a last minute Christmas gift, this downloadable recipe book is the way to go! It is full of super healthy & DELICIOUS recipes that are packed with cancer-fighting ingredients. It’s oh so easy to give the gift of health this holiday season! Click HERE to purchase a copy of Quick and Clean Salads & Smoothies today. Need more convincing? We’re sharing one of our favorite recipes from the book below!
We’re all aware of the added stress that comes along with this time of year but we’ve got a solution for you: YOGA. Even if you only have a few minutes a day, striking a few yoga poses can help you re-center and get a few minutes to yourself during the chaos. Not only is yoga good for your mental health, yoga is AMAZING when it comes to cancer prevention. Check out all the different ways yoga can help your body and try out these holiday-inspired yoga moves!
ATTENTION: If they aren’t already there, it’s time to add citrus fruits to your shopping list! Not only are they beautiful, they offer a wide range of health benefits that you may not have known about. Citrus fruits contain properties that help prevent tons of health concerns, from cardiovascular disease and cancer, to skin damage from sunlight. In addition to fiber and vitamin C, citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons supply calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamin A to our bodies. These guys definitely deserve to be more than a garnish if you ask us!
The holiday season is the perfect time to spread some love to your family, friends, and your favorite charity! Head to Smile.Amazon.com, where you’ll find the exact same prices, selection, and shopping experience as on Amazon.com. The best part? Select B4BC as your preferred charity and Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase back to B4BC all year long. Sounds like the perfect holiday shopping experience if you ask us!
This year you can snag great gifts & support B4BC at the same time! This year we're offering a whole new group of amazing co-branded products from our partners. Support those who support B4BC by shopping all kinds of different items with proceeds benefitting B4BC.Visit the links below to check out some of our amazing co-branded products! Stylish & supporting B4BC, how could you go wrong?
X Games Aspen 2016 will officially kick off with an evening bash in the exclusive X Games Athlete Lounge at Buttermilk Mountain to benefit two causes — The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Boarding for Breast Cancer. Guests will be able to enjoy a cocktail reception in the X Games Athlete Lounge, opened to the public for the first time ever, and will also have a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with X Games athletes, indulge in hosted appetizers, listen to a live performance by HONEYHONEY, and partake in a one-of-a-kind silent auction featuring a photo and art exhibition entitled, “The 20 Most Influential Snowboarding Images of All Time,” curated for B4BC by NEMO Design. All net proceeds to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Boarding for Breast Cancer. WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6-9 p.m. WHE
For many of us, holiday season means travel. Whether you're hitting the road to visit your loved ones or opening your home up for the celebration, chances are your routine is about to be thrown out of whack. But... don't let the changes affect your dedication to good health! It's important to make healthy choices no matter what the circumstances, but we know that's easier said than done. This week we're bringing you a few tips to help you stay on the right track as you get ready for the chaos of the holiday season.
ATTENTION BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS + LOVED ONES: Boarding For Breast Cancer is pleased to host our 9th holistic outdoor retreat with our wellness ambassador, and former pro-snowboarder, Megan Pischke. The Chasing Sunshine Mountain Retreat, tailored specifically towards breast cancer patients and survivors, is led by Megan and her team of facilitators with expertise in massage therapy, yoga, nutritional medicine, life skills coaching, acupuncture, and more. It is a beautifully crafted weekend in Aspen, CO, February 3-6, 2016. B4BC is able to grant 8 breast cancer survivor scholarships to attend this wellness weekend.
A healthy environment equates to healthier human beings and a reduced cancer risk. The environment has always been a part of the B4BC mission. During this crucial time of the COP21 talks in Paris, while our global leaders are chasing down a climate deal that could radically effect the world, we would like to share the news of how the environment will play a larger role in 2016 for B4BC as well. Just like every other business, whether it be for-profit or non-profit, it is our responsibility to seek solutions towards limiting and erasing our organization’s carbon-footprint all together. Here’s why: So far the world is more than halfway towards exceeding what scientist have said is the catastrophic warming mark of 2 degrees Celsius. According to a recent report from Time Magazine, to even have a 50-50 chance at keeping the global temperature
The holidays are upon us and that probably means some sort of added stress... Between traveling, shopping, cooking, entertaining, or all of the above, our heads tend to get a bit bogged down this time of the year. It's super important to take the time to de-stress and re-center ourselves. Loving yourself is one of our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer and combined with a positive attitude, self love can help to assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Meditation is one of our favorite ways to show our bides some self lovin'.
As we head into the holiday season, many of us begin feeling the mounting pressure to manage it all – travel, gifts, guests and amazing food. With memories of childhood gently nudging us to create magic for our own families, we often push ourselves to the edge, feeling run-down and sometimes even sick. Our immune systems become taxed due to a lack of sleep, lowered vitamin D levels, disrupted exercise routines, and poor nutrition. We absolutely LOVE the holidays but not if it means we can’t join in on the festivities and fun. This year we're taking a hint from our friend Kris Kelly over at Goofy Foot Foods! She recommends starting each day with a positive intention and a cup of Immunity Boosting Tea, to help your body stay healthy and set the tone for “Balanced Abundance.”
Holiday season is upon us and we all know there’s nothing traditional about processed foods. But cooking everything from scratch can be tough too. You don’t have to throw in the towel on your health routine just because it’s the holidays or give up your traditional Thanksgiving recipes – and it doesn’t mean you have to make everything from scratch either.
We get it, us gals love our beauty products! Whether you wear makeup everyday or just on special occasions, there is a good chance that you are using some sort of product that includes toxins that are not-so-hot for your body. We often don't realize just how many different products we are lathering on our bodies each day so it's important to take note of exactly what is in the products we do use.
Healthy eating is one of the most important of our 8 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer. Making small, healthy changes to your diet is scientifically linked to reducing your breast cancer risk and there is not better time to start than the present. Grubbing on fruits and vegetables that contain high fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients can help fight the disease.
That's a wrap on B4BC's 6th Annual Check One, Two Campus Tour! The B4BC educational outreach posted up on ten different campuses, providing preventative health information to students while partnering with campus departments & clubs to give out wellness materials that highlight the benefits of early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle.
It seems like everywhere we turn, science is telling us hormone disruptors are dangerous, can hurt our health, and can even increase our breast cancer risk. But let’s back up. What exactly IS a hormone disruptor, what are the problems associated with them, and is there anything we can do to really to minimize our exposure? Let's break it down.
Today we’re sharing a snippet from B4BC Wellness Ambassador, breast cancer survivor, and our good friend Megan Pischke! If you know us, you know we love avocados and so does Megan. The health benefits of avocados include stopping the growth of cancer, while supporting the body’s natural defense mechanisms. A nutritional powerhouse, avocados provide a combination of comprehensive cancer fighters such as, carotenoids, vitamin E, lutein, and oleic acid. Naturally high in (healthy) fats, rich in fiber and loaded with nutrients – eating avocados make perfect sense and so does using them for all of their other other amazing properties. Megan is giving us 15 more reasons to add this superfood to our grocery lists!
The last step on our 8 Steps to Step out Breast Cancer is LOVE YOURSELF. Now, just because it’s the last step on our list, don’t think it is any less important. Loving ourselves is one of the most important things we can do to live a happy, healthy life! Loving yourself can help to assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.We love being inspired by others and yoga girl Rachel Brathen sure is an extra big dose of inspiration. Check out what she has to say about self love & why it’s so important!
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.