Everyone loves Halloween! It's a holiday all about fantasy and having fun. Transforming yourself into whatever character you wish is exciting, but have you ever stopped to think about what's in the makeup you're using to create a look? Brightly colored paints, heavy greasy textures, and glues marketed for Halloween are filled with scary toxic chemicals you’d never dream of putting on yourself or anyone for that matter — they're loaded with petrochemicals, formaldehyde, dioxins, heavy metals and synthetic colorants.
This week we’re getting festive! With Halloween this weekend we felt it was necessary to highlight our favorite part of the holiday: PUMPKINS. We decided to nix the Jack o’ Lanterns and turn our pumpkins into a delicious, pumpkin pie inspired smoothie! Our friend and B4BC Ambassador Megan Pischke is sharing with us her recipe for a super healthy twist on a fall favorite. With this smoothie you can curb your sweet tooth cravings and get all the amazing health benefits that pumpkins have to offer (that we usually forget about)!
Although we don’t have much say in the nasty chemicals in the air outside, we do have the power to make our homes a toxin-free haven! Many people don’t realize that even our beds, couches, sheets, & pillows are full of chemicals that can increase our risk of our cancer. Yikes! We want people to have safe furniture solutions, so that’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Futon Shop, who’s furniture is leading the way in the chemical-free world. For the month of October they are donating a percentage of the proceeds of their sales to help support our education + prevention programs. Visit them online to learn more about your chemical-free furniture options at The Futon Shop.
For many people, the pink frenzy of October can be a confusing time. The opportunities to get involved and show support are plentiful. All things fashion, beauty, food, and design invite us to purchase pink in the name of breast cancer awareness — but that also makes it confusing. With the pink-hued mania now lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips!
It's finally starting to feel a bit like Fall which means we are ready to bust out our boots & scarves and chow down on some delicious cold-weather food! If you didn’t get it from the name, this soup is JAM PACKED with greens to help nourish your body. It may not look like much, but this creamy soup packs a ton of greens and good fat that combined, keep you full and give you tons of energy; not to mention, the greens hold some serious cancer-fighting nutrients! Not only is it insanely healthy, this soup is SO simple to make. It truly takes just a few minutes. Steam, sauté, add water, then blend!
B4BC and GNU teamed up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to give you a reason to put health education at your fingertips! By downloading the B4BC app, you could win a brand new GNU BPRO board, signed by Barrett Christy and shown here with Team B4BC rider Kaitlyn Farrington.
B4BC's Check One, Two Campus tour has taken off and we are stoked to educate young people all over the nation. In case we don't get a chance to visit your campus this year, take your health into your own hands—download the free B4BC app for iPhone and Android to set your monthly breast self-exam reminder and learn how to check one, two!
This weekend marked the end of this year’s Skate Series with 100 participants coming out to B4BC's 9th Annual Skate the Coast! The skaters pushed along a beautiful 18-mile course from the Santa Monica Pier to the Redondo Beach pier while raising over $20,000 for B4BC’s education, prevention and support programs!
The Environmental Working Group is well know for their Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen lists that classify popular fruits and veggies into groups based on their pesticide residue levels. They recently switched it up and produced a list that includes 12 harmful, cancer-causing chemicals and different ways to avoid them. Study the list below to get a good idea on simple ways to avoid some of those nasty chemicals that are out there today.
First of all, how beautiful is this smoothie? The vibrant color is due to the combination of the two main ingredients, peaches and turmeric. Turmeric has become all the rage lately thanks in large part to its insane health benefits including its high antioxidant levels and anti-inflammatory powers! Read up on why you need to be drinking one of these babies every day!
The environment can be a grim topic, but our approach to it doesn't have to be. It’s a no brainer that free radicals are harmful to our bodies and the environment. As more and more studies link that the likely increase of breast cancer is due to environmental factors, it’s important for us to do our part to live green and work towards a healthier environment for everyone to live in. In order to be the best it can be, the planet needs a little love! We’ve got 17 super simple steps you can take to help you live a little bit more green.
If you’re at all interested in health or nutrition, you’ve probably heard people raving about the benefits of fermented foods. We’re fans of ferments (things like yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, pickles and miso), but like anything, it’s important to have a good, thorough understanding about why things are so good for you. Sure, they contain probiotics, which are good for the immune system—but what does that really mean? How exactly do fermented foods benefit your health?
If you're a driven, passionate person who wants to do great things, you probably have a tendency to overload yourself with endless meetings, appointments and to-do lists. We get it — feeling busy can make us feel good but this typically only goes well for a while until, one day, you wake up completely exhausted, overwhelmed and drained. Those are not adjectives that generally describe a healthy, happy person.
When you’re feeling rundown from long work hours, overdoing your workout routine, or lack of sleep, try giving Spirulina a try. Spirulina is a nutrient-rich form of fresh-water algae, grown and dried into a deep, dark green (nutrient-rich) powder with an added bonus of containing the highest concentration of complete proteins found in any food. Now, that is a superfood! We find it easiest to use Spirulina in smoothies, dips, and dressings, but there are tons of ways for you to enjoy it!
In honor of this weekend's Chasing Sunshine Retreat, we've decided to mix it up with this week's Breast Cancer Prevention post. Unfortunately, cancer is a reality in our world and chances are we all know someone who has been affected. It’s our jobs to make those fighters feel as comfortable as possible and give them the motivation and support to keep fighting! When a person first gets a cancer diagnosis, they're often so overwhelmed they have no idea how to ask for help or what to ask for -- but they sure need it. If you have a friend or family member with cancer that you want to help, don't make the mistake of making a vague, questionably sincere offer "Well, call me when you need me!" (they won't). Instead, make their life easier by anticipating his or her needs and giving tangible, much-needed support.
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of keeping your hormones balanced and your estrogen at healthy levels in order to reduce your breast cancer risk. 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 and ward of different diseases and sicknesses. Below is a list of foods to eat (and to avoid) that will help you maintain a healthy hormonal balance.
12-year-old Katie Lyssand was not only our top fundraiser at B4BC’s Skate The Lake 2015, but she also was the youngest girl to skate the entire 28 miles. Katie skates for her family who has a long history of women’s cancers. She spent two months collecting donations not only from family and friends, but also going door-to-door to businesses around her community explaining her goal to raise funds to educate young people about breast cancer and support young survivors.
September is here and that means the return of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund's StokesMe September campaign! StokesMe September is dedicated to raising funds for surf-related humanitarian organizations focused on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people by uniting surf industry brands, retailers and consumers in different initiatives. We are absolutely thrilled to be a beneficiary once again! Read up on the different ways to get involved in this amazing initiative.
We are stoked to announce that the B4BC App has made Healthline's list of the Best Breast Cancer Apps of 2015! Healthline is a health information website dedicated to making the people of the world healthier through the power of information. The editors carefully selected each winner based on quality, usability and contribution to the community.
Unfortunately, today we can never be too careful with what we eat. Tons of the fruits and veggies we enjoy on a daily basis are grown in fields where nasty cancer-causing toxins are used. It’s our job to be aware of what we are eating and know what foods to avoid in order to keep our bodies safe. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) aims to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Each year they produce lists to teach us what foods to ditch and what foods to enjoy.
There’s no getting around it: alcohol does a number on our bodies — including exacerbating hormonal issues like fibroids and endometriosis and increasing our risk for breast cancer. But we’re not here to make you feel guilty for having a glass of wine. Really! Rather, we want to make sure you’re aware of the impact it has on your health and how to get your body back up to speed.
Maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active is oh so important when it comes to reducing your breast cancer risk. Some of you may not know, but fat cells produce most of the estrogen in the female body. The more fat tissue in a woman's body, the higher her estrogen levels are likely to be, and the higher her risk of breast cancer. Aside from eating smart and staying active, there are a few other things we can do to help combat those pesky fat cells. In comes TEA — helping you lose weight, or more specifically, preventing your body from being able to gain weight. There are so many different kinds of teas out there that do tons of different things for your body. We’ve got a list of 6 of the best wellness-boosting teas out there for you to try!
Who knew this little baby could do so much good for our body. This week's post comes from our friend and B4BC Wellness Ambassador Megan Pischke! If you're like us, you've heard about oil pulling by now. It became a HUGE trend not too long ago because of the so-called benefits. Megan decided to hop on the bandwagon and find out if it really is worth the time. Read up on Megan's experience and decide if you want to try oil pulling out for yourself!
You caught us! We are guilty of snacking at our desk, in the car, and on the go… Sometimes you just need to chow down on something to give you that extra boost of energy to make it through the day. Being said, we are always on the lookout for new, healthy snacks to keep our taste buds happy and our tummies full.
It’s a wrap on B4BC’s 11th Skate the Lake! We had an amazing weekend in Lake Tahoe filled with tons of fun and an overwhelming amount of love and support and… it was a record breaking year! Our 100 participants raised over $26,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education, prevention and support programs!
It’s always the right time to be proactive about your health and it’s always the right time to start preventing. This isn’t about grand detoxes or cleanses, though they do work when done correctly. The important stuff is what we do every single day. Summer is in full force and we know your schedules are packed, but that’s no excuse to throw your health to the wayside. Small habits can make a big difference in the long run. Here are 4 simple things you can start doing to help prevent breast cancer today!
It’s a no brainer that free radicals are harmful to you and the environment. As more and more studies link that the likely increase of breast cancer is due to environmental factors, it’s important for us to do our part to “live green” and work towards a healthier environment for everyone to live in.
Isn’t this drink gorgeous?! We’re guilty of being drawn to this recipe just because of how beautiful it was, but then we realized just how great it truly is. These cubes are made of 100 percent pure pitaya and are a perfect, nutrition-filled alternative to a normal ice cube. They’re super easy to make and are the perfect way to spice up any drink or eat as a refreshing, summertime snack!
It was an amazing 5 days of outreach at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California! This was our 14th consecutive year onsite and we had just as much fun as ever! Thousands of beach-goers swung by the B4BC educational outreach booth to get educated and learn about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Using jelly breast molds, we taught people of all ages how to check themselves and showed them what a potentially cancerous lump might feel like. Tons of booth visitors decided to take our prevention pledge and promised to themselves to make more positive lifestyle choices and some picked up a copy of the brand new B4BC Basecamp Zine!
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.