Chiquita is going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month and I’m here to celebrate it!!
Not just because I think bananas are one of the must eat runner foods, but because I love that Chiquita is committed to helping the American Cancer Society and supporting its mission to save lives by making important advances in prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for those with cancer.
Like most companies going Pink for October, “The Pink Sticker” program aims to heighten awareness in the prevention of breast cancer. Specifically, in this case, it’s a visual reminder about the importance of eating healthy, donating, signing up for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk, or getting recommended screenings.
B-A-N-A-N-A-S thank you dear Gwen for bringing this food back to the mainstream. HA! I’m sure that wasn’t her intention, but I’ll take it.
Beyond Thinking Pink
What I wanted to dive into today is the idea that we often see these symbols and we rally around the idea of “Think Pink”…but don’t follow through with action. Most of you reading this are already focused on a healthy lifestyle, so consider sharing this with those you love and hey see if you’re doing them or not.
Ok this list could be HUGE, but we want to focus on the things we can start doing right now based on recommendations from the American Cancer Society.
How many of these are you already doing??
- Adults: Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week, or an equivalent combination, preferably spread throughout the week.
- Limit sedentary behavior such as sitting, lying down, and watching television — I think since we all work on computers, this is the one we often forget.
- Limit consumption of processed meats and red meats.
- Eat at least 21⁄2 cups of vegetables and fruits each day.
- Choose whole grains instead of refined-grain products.
- Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant foods.
- Avoid excess weight gain at all ages.
Why runners love bananas?
Speaking of choosing foods that are good for you, ever wonder why you see so many runners eating them or why they get handed out at race finishes?
- potassium – a much needed electrolyte
- B6 – for energy production
- magnesium – helps maintain bone mass from all the pounding of running
- digestion – easy to digest they are great for pre-run carbohydrates and to easily refuel after
I figure there are no guarantees in life, but why not do what I can to give myself the best chance at lasting health. Even if you are showing up for your runs, don’t forget there are other things we all need to be doing.
A little more time choosing our foods, a little more time not sitting at work and reducing your stress levels are all part of cancer prevention!
I know, I know, that’s why you run. 🙂
So while you’re thinking pink this month, pick up some bananas with the PINK sticker from Chiquita and know that not only is it good for you, you’ll be supporting the American Cancer Society. And hey if you’re looking for a way to get more of your family moving get them signed up for American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walk in one of 250 cities!!
When was the last time you had a banana??
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This post is sponsored by Chiquita, but all opinions are 100% my own.