October is Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness and it is a good time to get informed and understand preventative measures to help reduce the risks of cancer. One in eight Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and over 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed each year, which makes breast cancer one of the most common forms of cancer. The good news is you can reduce your risk of cancer by making positive lifestyle changes and living a healthy, active lifestyle. The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) offers a wealth of information on all types of cancers and recommends these simple ways to reduce the risks of cancer:

  • Live Smoke Free

  • Be Sun Safe

  • Have a Healthy Body Weight

  • Eat Well

  • Move More Sit Less

  • Limit Alcohol

We all have control over things we eat, drink, and do that affect our cancer risk. If you are a smoker there are many resources and tools available to help you become a non-smoker. Practice sun safety by staying out of the sun during peak hours, wear sunglasses and use sunscreen. Try to eat healthier foods and life an active lifestyle. If we reduce the calories we eat and drink and use up more calories by being active and sitting less, we can make a start to having a healthy body weight. If you are unsure of what a healthy body weight is, ask your doctor or use an online Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator, which uses weight and height to estimate body fat. Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating a variety of healthy foods each day which include plenty of vegetables and fruit, protein, and whole grain. Move more and sit less and get your body moving. It is recommended to aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to get your heart pumping and increase muscle strength. You can start with just 10 minutes and slowly increase weekly (check with a healthcare professional if you are new to exercise). Finally, the less alcohol you drink the more you reduce your risk of cancer. If you choose to drink, keep it to less than 1 drink a day for women and less than 2 drinks a day for men.

The Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) offers a variety of programs to help improve your health and wellness these include:

  • Bereavement Support Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Energy for Wellness Third Thursday monthly 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Expressive Dance Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tai Chi for Wellness Thursday 9:15 am – 10:30 am (50+Activity Centre)

  • Wellness CircleWednesday (2nd/4th monthly) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For more information on these programs and other available services, please contact the PWC at (250) 767-0141 or by email at wellnesscentre@shaw.ca

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