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Breast cancer awareness tent comes to UFV

If you saw a pink tent on campus this week and didn’t check it out, you missed your chance to participate in a free yoga session (but don’t worry; you will get another chance on September 26).

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By Tori Thistlethwaite (Contributor) – Email

Print Edition: September 10, 2014

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If you saw a pink tent on campus this week and didn’t check it out, you missed your chance to participate in a free yoga session (but don’t worry; you will get another chance on September 26).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, volunteers from the Don’t Forget to Check campus campaign were spreading awareness about breast cancer, giving away prizes, and encouraging students and faculty to join in and do some yoga. The Don’t Forget to Check organization is traveling around BC this month to spread their message and get women focused on early detection as well as prevention.

While you are led through a series of low-intensity yoga movements, the volunteers provide information about breast health, healthy eating, getting active, limiting alcohol intake, quitting cigarettes or avoiding smoking, and checking your breasts on a regular basis for any abnormalities. Although there are many variables when it comes to breast cancer, these five factors can limit your risk, as well as improve your quality of life.

Amanda McNally, a community relations specialist with CBCF, explained why the campaign is relevant to students.

“Students are potentially living away from home for the first time and being influenced by external pressures affecting their diet, exercise, and alcohol consumption. We hope to better inform this group about lifestyle choices, as the decisions they make between the ages of 18 and 25 can impact their breast health in the future.”

For more information, you can check out their website, dontforgettocheck.ca, which contains information about what campus they are currently at, as well as what time they are conducting their yoga sessions.  You can also check out their Twitter account, @CBCF_BCYukon, which will link you to their Instagram as well as to their Facebook page.

When it comes to cancer, prevention and early detection are incredibly important — so remember, you are never too young to check your breasts or make good decisions about what you put in your body.

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