This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program
As mamas, we’re always encouraging our daughters to exercise and eat right. We know that living a healthy lifestyle is the key to fight off serious diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
As a matter of fact, making healthy choices and living an active lifestyle is something you and your daughter can do together. Having a buddy to make sure you’re sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine is a great way to stay committed to it. And it’s a great way to bond with your daughter.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about the prevention of life-threatening illnesses. Did you know a healthy way of life can also lower the risk of developing breast cancer?
Research has shown that girls who maintain a healthy weight before puberty and throughout their life reduces the risk of breast cancer when they become women.
So mamas, it’s time to put the superwoman cape on and protect our daughters from becoming breast cancer’s next victim.
Breast cancer has affected people I know and love.
A close friend of mine had a battle with breast cancer about four years ago. Thankfully she beat it and is in remission.
It also runs in my family. Two of my aunts on my dad’s side lost their battle with breast cancer when I was a teenager. And now the family is currently rallying behind my cousin who is going through her own battle. #janiestrong
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A Toolkit for Mothers & Daughters with Healthy Living Tips to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
The thing is we as women have to educate ourselves and our daughters with as much information and resources as we can. We have to stay aware about what we can do to lower the risk of breast cancer. Especially if it runs in the family.
That’s why I partnered with the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP).
Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life.
They created a mother-daughter toolkit mamas can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
It’s got links to some resources to get tips on making healthy choices and budget-friendly examples and talks about things you and your daughter can do to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
They also created this infographic below that describes what you and your daughter can do to reduce those risks.
Like reduce use of products with phthalates.
Products like storage containers and toys has this chemical. And you know young girls love to get manicures and perfume. Well, some personal care products like fragrances, nail polish, deodorants and body lotion also contain phthalates.
It also brings up reducing the use of products that contain BPA.
This chemical is found in some plastic bottles, containers and in the lining of some cans. So avoid canned veggies and choose fresh or frozen and store/reheat food in microwave-safe glass containers.
And there are examples of healhty food choices for you and the whole family.
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It’s still too soon to say for sure that avoiding certain chemicals or some foods lowers the risk of breast cancer. Still, to help protect you and your daughter from developing breast cancer later in life, it’s better to be on the safe side.
Adopting a healthy, active lifestyle now can help you and your daughter down the road.
Simple things like including whole grains and beans in to your diet and cook with lean meats. And when possible use fragrance-free products, avoid plastic containers and plastic wrap. And opting for fresh or frozen fruits and veggies instead of canned is a good start.
I hope you will take some time to read over the toolkit the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program created.
And if you would like to help with the important work the researchers are doing, there is a survey you can take to share your thoughts and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. Click the link here to be taken to the survey.
Over to You
Have you or anyone you know had a battle with breast cancer? Please share your story in the comments below. I would love to give you words of encouragement or celebrate with you for beating it!
And since this month is breast cancer awareness month, I hope you will share this post with your friends and family so we can pass on this valuable information and educate as many women as we can!
Here’s to your health ladies!
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