PAUSE 4 PREVENTION // Check One, Two! 
It’s the middle of the month…have you done your monthly breast self-exam (#BSE) yet?? Get a monthly push-notification reminder on the free #B4BC app for iPhone & iPad today in the app store (download here—->http://bit.ly/b4bcapp) and check our Facebook page for tips on how to give your lady lumps a little extra TLC today!
#checkonetwo #breastcancer #prevention #checkyoself

PAUSE 4 PREVENTION // Check One, Two!
It’s the middle of the month…have you done your monthly breast self-exam (#BSE) yet?? Get a monthly push-notification reminder on the free #B4BC app for iPhone & iPad today in the app store (download here—->http://bit.ly/b4bcapp) and check our Facebook page for tips on how to give your lady lumps a little extra TLC today!
#checkonetwo #breastcancer #prevention #checkyoself

PAUSE 4 PREVENTION // Alcohol Effects
Did you know limiting your #alcohol intake can reduce your risk of #breastcancer?  Regular & moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your #estrogen levels and reduce folic acid levels, both of which contribute to your #cancer risk. Get more on this topic and B4BC’s 7 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer at www.b4bc.org/7-steps-to-stomp-out-breast-cancer 
#behealthygetactive #prevention

PAUSE 4 PREVENTION // Alcohol Effects
Did you know limiting your #alcohol intake can reduce your risk of #breastcancer? Regular & moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your #estrogen levels and reduce folic acid levels, both of which contribute to your #cancer risk. Get more on this topic and B4BC’s 7 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer at www.b4bc.org/7-steps-to-stomp-out-breast-cancer
#behealthygetactive #prevention

B4BC SURVIVORSHIP // ReTreat Yourself 2014
Tuesday April 29, 2014

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With over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the US alone, B4BC recognizes the importance of supporting our growing survivor community. In 2009, the B4BC Survivorship Fund was established to connect breast cancer survivors with nature-based wellness experiences that enhance their path of healing and long-term survivorship. 

Last month we granted (10) breast cancer survivors the opportunity to attend, ReTreat Yourself, a B4BC wellness weekend at Red Mountain Resort in beautiful B.C. Canada. Hosted by our Wellness Ambassador Megan Pischke, the weekend focused on reconnecting everyone with the natural world and themselves through meditation, skiing/snowboarding, yoga, clean organic eating, and life skills workshops devoted to removing obstacles so that we may move forward, continue to heal, and achieve balance in our lives. We also had wonderful massage therapists and a talented Chinese Medicine doctor on hand for daily bodywork, treatments, and holistic education. 

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Morning Meditation / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography 

Our (10) survivors came from all over the US & Canada varying in age from 27 – 57. Some of the women were 5 years in remission, while others were still going through their final rounds of chemo and radiation. 

Connections and newfound friendships were quickly made throughout the weekend as the women connected and opened up to one another about their personal journeys. Survivor Toni Stergion explains, “It was such an empowering weekend with the most amazing women. It was a great help for me to spend time talking and just listening to everyone’s stories. Some so similar to mine, and others dramatically different, but in the end we all shared the disease and are strong believers in (B4BC’s message of) being your own advocate. These women have become an important part of my life, and no matter how far we live from each other, I believe we will always be apart of each other’s lives.” 

Most of the women, we had come to learn, had found their cancerous lumps while doing their self-exams. They all couldn’t reiterate enough the importance of listening to your body and checking yourself every month. 

All-in-all it was truly a beautiful weekend filled with love, reflection, rejuvenation, and fun! We’re incredibly honored and grateful that the women opened up their hearts and minds to go on this journey. 

We couldn’t have held this wellness weekend without the amazing support and guidance from Megan Pischke, our Chef Nevada, yoga instructor Kristin Campbell, Dr. of Chinese Medicine & snow instructor Kendra Starr, massage specialist Susan Chapelle, life coach Linda Kennoy, massage therapist Kristin Nuttall, ski instructor/adventurist Kasha Rigby, Rebecca Amber our photographer, and Fran Richards & the rest of the crew at Red Mountain Resort. Also, a special THANK YOU to our friends at The North Face, we’re so grateful for their support, this would not have been possible without them. 

And to our beautiful survivors, we’re sending much love and healing vibes to Kathryn, Susan, Toni, Staci, Lori, Michelle, Hazel, Andrea, Ryndee, and Linda. We’re so thankful to have met you and wish you nothing but good vibrations moving forward. 

Lots of love, 
B4BC

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Survivors (L-R) Staci Roberts, Megan Pischke, & Lori Schreiter / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

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Conscious, organic, healthy eating prepared by Chef Nevada / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

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Former Pro-Snowboarder & Chinese Medicine Dr., Kendra Starr high fives Survivor, Staci Roberts after riding a green run for the first time! / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

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Chakra clearing with Linda Kennoy / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

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(L-R) Kendra Starr & Megan Pischke (B4BC’s Wellness Ambassador, The North Face Team Rider, and Survivor) / Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

For more photos from ReTreat Yourself 2014, please visit our Facebook album here, http://on.fb.me/POhDl3

IT’S PERSONAL // Staci Roberts
Tuesday April 29, 2014

(Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography) 

Learning that I had breast cancer was a result of my reluctant and arduous efforts in gaining medical insurance.  After answering all questions required before getting onto a temporary plan, I came to the realization that I didn’t have an annual checkup in 2012.  It’s now February of 2013, and since my new insurance is telling me that these annual checkups are not covered, I think to myself, “Welp, I’ll skip this year, too, and just feel myself up right now.”  Small breast, big lump.  Weird, hard lump.  I’m only 26, and this is the first time I’ve ever done a self-examination. Assuming it wasn’t cancer, but freaking out just a little tiny bit, I went ahead and went to a family doctor because that’s the smart thing to do.  She told me that I had other lumps aside from the one I felt.  She also told me that she wasn’t concerned about these lumps but that I should get an ultrasound since there is a history of breast cancer in my family on both sides.  The dude doing my ultrasound tells me he’s taking this route because he doesn’t do mammograms for people under the age of 30.  He then tells me after doing the ultrasound, but in his words, “Just kidding, that doesn’t look cool.  Let’s do a mammogram.”  To put it briefly, I’m told I have aggressive DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ, stage 0), I opt for a bilateral mastectomy, then ended up freezing some embryos with my boyfriend and doing chemotherapy after learning that I had invasive ductal carcinoma, stage I, which was within the stage 0. 

In March of 2014, I was about five months out from my last chemo, still recovering and feeling weak, and I was so lucky to be chosen to attend the B4BC ReTreat Yourself in Rossland, B.C., at the Red Mountain Resort.  I had the choice to ski or snowboard, and although I had only been once before and didn’t know what I was doing, I chose to snowboard.  I thought it was so amazing that an opportunity like this existed after the awful year I had just experienced.  I was so excited and nervous at the same time.  After everything my body had been through, I wasn’t feeling so confident, but I needed a push to become more active again. Going to this retreat was absolutely amazing and was everything I needed it to be and more.  A big reason why I didn’t go snowboarding before, like a Utahn/Coloradoan should, is because I didn’t want to hold others back with my lack of experience.  I didn’t have to worry about that because it was all about me.  I had an incredible instructor and was with another lovely lady from the retreat who was also at my beginning level while those who are more experienced were able to do their thing with others at their more advanced level.  I had a blast.  In addition to that, it wasn’t about pushing my limits; it was about making the best of a shitty situation, so it was completely understood when I needed to take breaks or cut my boarding time short.  Snowboarding will now be a part of my life, and I’m so stoked about it. 

Meeting other women who are going through similar things or who already have gone through similar things was so relieving, so awesome, and so needed.  I learned things that I didn’t know I needed to learn from these women, and I’m so happy to now know them and the wonderful B4BC women as well. 

I’m in love with the fact that this retreat was all about encouraging health and wellness.  The yoga, the talks, the massages, the snowboarding, the heavenly food, etc. was all a great reminder and teacher that I need to not just exist, but I need to live and thrive.  Everything that B4BC stands for and values is all that I hold dearly.  My corny heart was very full after leaving Canada, and I am so very grateful for this opportunity. 

I provided certain details about my story the way that I did because I want people to realize how easily I could have been dismissed.  I tested negative for BRCA1 and 2 and for p53 (genetic testings), and my family members who had breast cancer were much older when they were diagnosed.  Aside from the fact that I could have relied on the assumption that what I felt was something other than cancer and not gone to a doctor, there were other lumps that I didn’t even feel after my self-examination.  If it weren’t for my family history, my doctor “wasn’t worried,” and a mammogram wasn’t originally going to happen because of my age.                 

Even after the extreme measures I took with chemo and mastectomies, I will still continue to check myself.  This is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, but this all would be much harder if I had waited to see a doctor or if I never felt my breast in the first place.  It blew my mind that that was the first time I was feeling such a pronounced lump.  I felt my breasts all the time!  Yeah, I liked to touch them, I also washed them, I’d lift ‘em up in my pushup bras, have them talk to each other, the usual.  But I know now that there’s a difference between feeling and examining.  There’s also a difference between diligence and paranoia.  I’m not feeling to look for cancer; I’m feeling to know what’s normal for me.  Furthermore, I add healthy lifestyle choices to my daily routine, which are exactly like those that B4BC advocates.

Thank you again for everything you’ve done for me, Boarding for Breast Cancer, and thank you again to the beautiful women who have inspired me. 

xoxo, Staci Roberts

Staci learning to snowboard at last month’s ReTreat. Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

PAUSE 4 PREVENTION // CHINESE MEDICINE 101 With Kendra Starr
Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography @ ReTreat Yourself 2014

As a part of B4BC Survivorship Week we wanted to introduce you to our friend, Kendra Starr, who is an accomplished doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kendra has accompanied our survivor wellness retreats these last few years to offer treatments and holistic advice to the breast cancer survivors who have attended these wellness weekends.

Not only is Kendra an amazing doctor, but she was also a professional snowboarder for 10 years, excelling in freestyle and backcountry riding, and continues to stay close to the snow by helping coach at camps near her home in Nelson, British Columbia!  Pretty awesome, right? So we couldn’t think of a more amazing and rad gal to breakdown today’s Pause 4 Prevention on the health benefits of Chinese Medicine. 

Here we go…

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Photo Source: www.acupuncturewisconsin.org

 In short, what is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine has a 3,000 year history of medical knowledge and science based on  observation of the natural world. The concept of energy or qi is central to the ideals of Chinese Medicine. It includes the practices of acupuncture, herbal medicine, Moxabustion (burning of artemesia), qi gong, massage, mental emotional balance and conversation.

It has such a long history that many styles and methods have developed over the years, there are basically endless different styles of treatment.

This may make it sound complicated to choose a doctor but the best way to do this is by word of mouth and your feeling of your experience. If your first experience is not beneficial for you, please try again with another doctor, you may feel completely different.

What types of treatments do you practice?

I am a Doctor of Chinese medicine, which means I practice acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, massage, Moxibustion, cupping, etc.

I also practice Chinese face reading and Cranio-sacral therapy. 

(Chinese face reading is an ancient branch of Chinese medicine that gives insight into an individual’s original nature, life path and physical health.)  

What inspired you to become a Chinese Medicine doctor?

When I as 17, I was in a bus accident in Thailand, I had compression fractures on almost all of the vertebrae in my spine. I went for acupuncture treatment which helped me a lot and inspired me to study it myself. I became a pro snowboarder after that so it must have worked! :) 

Can you please explain the health benefits of acupuncture as a preventative and/or in the healing process? 

Basically every human being has the innate ability to heal themselves but through life we become disconnected with our nature and our ability to do so. Whether it is because of trauma, emotional upsets, environmental conditions, poor food quality, or mistreatment. People become so out of balance that illness and injury occurs.

Acupuncture works on the energy in your body, to bring it back to that state of balance. Like everything in life, it has a vibrational basis and you can actually see the needles vibrating as they contact your energy flow.

Symptoms and disease are the body’s only method of communication to say, “hey something is not right”.  Acupuncture balances these energies to relieve the small disturbances and starts working away on the bigger, longer lasting disease or illness that has built up.  It woks to strengthen your immune system or relax strained muscles or help digestion or balance your nervous system and relieve pain. There is no cookie cutter approach, everything is based on what is present in the individual. 

I feel like there are a lot of fears (of needles) that keep people from embracing acupuncture. Can you explain what an acupuncture session entails and maybe reassure people that the needles are NOT what most people are envisioning when they get, lets say a shot?

For many people the only needle experience they know, is having an injection or having blood drawn or dental freezing. Acupuncture uses a very fine filiform needle that is so much smaller, it feels nothing like that. Acupuncture is a unique sensation that may feel strange at first. Sometime you feel nothing, sometimes it feels like a deep ache or tingly electric feeling, or you feel something shift in your whole body. Again this depends on the individual and how they experience the feeling of energy moving. You usually feel quite relaxed and euphoric afterwards but the more you are able to relax during the treatment, the better.

When you go to see a Doctor of Chinese medicine or Acupuncturist, they will usually feel your pulse, look at your tongue, ask you many questions and have conversations with you about your feelings around certain things. This is to help them get a true understanding of how your are and what is happening with you. Every practitioner is different but most are very willing to answer questions and explain what they are finding with you. If you are very sensitive or nervous, just let your doctor know and they can always adjust the treatment to use less needles and/or be more gentle with you.

Anything else you’d like to add? 

Traditional medicine is very holistic and looks to increase the health in an individual rather than irradiating symptoms. In general this approach is slower but more complete. The many different methods of treatment help to deal with things from different perspectives. The idea that if you have one twig, it is easily snapped in half but if you take a bundle of twigs tied together with string , it is very strong and impossible to break. That is like the strength of the many branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I encourage everyone to learn as much as they can about themselves and make decisions about your health based on your strength.

With love,

Kendra Starr, DrTCM

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Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography @ ReTreat Yourself 2014

EARTH DAY // The Healing Powers of Mother Nature
Tuesday April 22, 2014

words by Megan Pischke 

Before I was even diagnosed, Mother Nature was my doctor. I would look to her for inspiration, joy, relief, release, grounding and healing in general. So of course when it came down to this last year of intense therapies, hospitals, clinics, ivs, and everything that comes with that, I knew I could count on Her. 

Being outside was what I like to call ”life saving”. Oh yes, if I wasn’t able to sit on a rock in the middle of the river behind my house and just bawl, I don’t know what I would have done. If I wasn’t able to run/walk/hike the hills and mountains in my back yard, or paddle on the ocean, my heart would have broken. 

Every single day, therapies or not, I would get outside, touch a tree, smile at the sun, just simply breathe in the outdoors, and let that do its work. Being outside allows me to still my mind, to get out of my overwhelming thoughts, and back down in my body, to tap into the power and grace I know we all hold.

I love you Mother Nature and thank the universe every single day for you. I hope my kids, and their kids and on and on, can experience the oceans, mountains, the natural beauty and life that surrounds us, and holds our planet together, as I have been able to. Happy Earth Day, may it be every day in our hearts!

With Metta, Megs

Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

Photo: Rebecca Amber Photography

TASTY TUESDAYS // Roasted Asparagus Caprese Melts with Balsamic Reduction
Tuesday April 1, 2014

Roasted Asparagus Caprese Melt with Balsamic Drizzle and Fried Egg-1

Photos and recipe courtesy of www.halfbakedharvest.com

H E L L O asparagus!  You’ve never looked so good. This recipe is simple, quick and full of cancer-fighting properties since, according to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen, and rich in two cancer-blocking vitamins (A and C) as well as the mineral selenium.  Recipe below!

Simple is good. Quick is good. Easy is awesome. 

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PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES

YIELD: 4 MELTS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small bunch asparagus, wash and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tomatoes (vine or roma), sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 thick slices fresh mozzarella
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices whole grain seedy bread, toasted
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the asparagus in a roasting pan or on a baking baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender and crisp. While asparagus are roasting, add the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a very low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until liquid reduces by about half and is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat, pour vinegar in a bowl or glass to pour, and let sit.
  3. Preheat your broiler to high. Toast your bread in the toaster and place on a baking sheet. Top each of the toasted bread slices with 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 of the asparagus and 2 slices of the fresh mozzarella.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and fry the the eggs to your liking. While the eggs are cooking place the bread under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted (watch carefully!). Remove from the oven and immediately top with the fresh basil. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the basil and top with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

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Photos and recipe courtesy of www.halfbakedharvest.com

TASTY TUESDAYS // Elena Hight’s Spicy Chickpea Recipe
Tuesday March 25, 2014

Roasted chickpeas are the perfect little snack to satisfy a crunchy craving, and with a ample sources of fiber, protein, iron and antioxidants you’re doing your body a good one!  Team B4BC snowboarder Elena Hight is this weeks guest chef for Tasty Tuesdays, and she’s got plenty to say about her Spicy Chickpea below!

From Elena:

Sometimes that craving for something crunchy and salty just has to be satisfied. No matter what I just cant feel good about eating chips so I have been trying to substitute for something just as delicious but with more substance and nutrients. I am a huge fan of chickpeas and I recently saw roasted chickpeas at the grocery store. Just like most things these were extremely expensive for something I knew I could recreate at home for a fraction of the price. I LOVE how these turned out, salty, spicy, and a bit garlicy, all of my favorite chip flavors combined onto a bean that has healthy protein, fats and vitamins. So much better than a potato chip. 

Hope that you enjoy this crunchy snack as much as I did!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned or freshly cooked chickpeas
  • 1 ½ TBS olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Directions

  1. If you start with dried chickpeas soak and boil until completely cooked.
  2. Drain chickpeas and place in one layer on glass baking pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  4. Bake for 15 minutes
  5. Mix all spices in one bowl
  6. Remove chickpeas
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and toss evenly
  8. Drizzle chickpeas with the spice mix and toss evenly being sure to coat all the beans
  9. Bake for 15 more minutes
  10. Remove and serve warm 

TASTY TUESDAY // Elena Hight’s Chia Superfood Cereal
Tuesday January 28, 2014

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Another delicious Tasty Tuesday recipe from our guest chef and Team B4BC rider Elena Hight!  This one is all about antioxidant-rich chia seeds, which have awesome positive health effects including preventing cancer, boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol.  Read how to make this travel-friendly, super easy and healthy recipe below!

From Elena:

For a super healthy alternative to oatmeal or a quick easy breakfast for on the road, I love to use chia seeds. I am always looking for easy ways to eat healthy when I am traveling. The great thing about this is that you can make it anywhere. For example, if you are in a hotel room with no kitchen, you can just bring your chia seeds with you and you can ask for a cup of milk from the local coffee shop and make this in a cup, and add whatever toppings you might be able to muster up!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds

  • 2/3 cup alternative milk - I like coconut, almond or soy

  • Handful of blueberries or raspberries

  • 1 tablespoon of walnuts or slivered almonds

  • 1 teaspoon of shredded or flaked coconut (optional)

  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

  • 1 pinch of cardamom

  • Drizzle of honey 

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INSTRUCTIONS

In a bowl, mix the chia seeds with the milk. Let sit for at least 10 minutes so that the chia seeds soak up the liquid. If you are in a rush, you can heat the seeds with the milk in a pot which will expedite the absorption process. 

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Once the liquid is absorbed, top with berries, nuts, spices, coconut flakes, and honey. Enjoy!

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Y U M !

CHECK ONE TWO CAMPUS TOUR // Fall Wrap Up
Monday November 25, 2013

We recently wrapped up our 4th Annual Check One, Two Campus Tour, whereas we hit the road for a month making stops at 16 campuses. The B4BC educational outreach experience activated in high-trafficked areas of campus, providing preventative health information to students while partnering with campus departments & clubs for year-round distribution of wellness materials that highlight the benefits of early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle.

Each stop brought hundreds of students to the B4BC outreach experience, with many of them joining our Prevention Pledge movement, encouraging them to be their own advocate by committing to making positive healthy lifestyle changes!

MANY THANKS to The North Face for making this tour possible and to our campus partners for supporting B4BC’s message.  Your programs & dedication to bringing wellness to your students is inspiring & we look forward to continuing to make a difference together!

THANK YOU:  LMU Mane Entertainment & FitWell, UC-Santa Barbara, CSU-Long Beach, CSU-San Bernardino’s Rec & Fitness Cetner and PEER Educators, UC-Irvine Health Center, CSU-Fullerton’s Zeta Tau Alpha, CSU-LA Associated Students, Stanford’s Cardinal Rec Center, Pepperdine’s Colleges Against Cancer & Health Center, CSU-Chico WREC, CSU-Sacramento, UC-Santa Cruz OPERS, CSU-Fresno’s Anthropology Club, UC-San Diego’s Outback Adventures, San Diego State University’s Women’s Health Organization, and the ladies lacrosse club at the University of Buffalo.

See more photos from the road at, Facebook.com/B4BCFoundation 

One of the incredible campus organizations that we work with is LMU’s Mane Entertainment (in video, top right). This is a student run organization that hosts engaging event throughout the year, including B4BC’s Check One, Two Campus Tour! 

We drove over 2,600 miles during the month of October passing incredible CA landmarks… 

…and enjoying nature vibes & epic sunsets along the way. 

For more info on B4BC’s CHECK ONE, TWO Fall Campus Tour please visit B4BC.ORG

CHECK ONE, TWO // B4BC AT BEAR MOUNTAIN’S HDHR
Monday September 23, 2013

This past Saturday we celebrated 10 years of educational outreach at Bear Mountain’s annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails (HDHR) event! This fun occasion boasts the largest winter kick-off party in the country with Bear Mountain blowing 130 tons of snow upon a new urban style park for an unforgettable snow contest. The park build for HDHR is also an unveiling of innovative new features that we’ll see on the hill for the 2013-2014 season! Who’s excited?

Over 10,000 stoked people showed to celebrate the end of summer & to enjoy product giveaways, live music from Five Knives, discounted season passes, BBQ, plenty of sunshine & fresh mountain air, and an incredible contest by some of the best park riders out there!

Thank you to our volunteers Maggie Gonzalez, Jenise Spiteri, Kari Brandt, and Andrea DuBois for helping us deliver our message all day. And a huge thank you to Bear Mountain for the opportunity to be a part of HDHR each year!

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More pics can be found on our Facebook Page here, http://on.fb.me/1b09qAn

CHECK ONE, TWO // B4BC At CSUSB’s “Late Night” With Rec Sports
Friday September 20, 2013

This past Tuesday B4BC’s educational booth was howlin’ at the moon with the CSU-San Bernardino Coyotes!  It was CSUSB’s Rec Sports annual back to school “Late Night” event designed to provide the students with a unique way to enjoy fitness & to get them familiar with Rec Sports exercise classes & adventure programs.

Over 6,000 students came out to participate in “haunted” hikes, group exercise classes, rock climbing, free weight contests, team sport tournaments, laser tag, free massages, and to dance the night away with live music & entertainment on the racquet ball courts!

All in all it was a great tie in for our educational booth to speak to the students about early detection & prevention. Thank you CSUSB Rec Sports for the opportunity to be involved!

Stay tuned for more B4BC campus activities as we head out on the road next month for our annual CHECK ONE, TWO Campus Tour! 

PAUSE FOR PREVENTION // THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
Thursday September 5, 2013

We all know that it feels good to give back, but did you know that it may even make us happier / healthier people?

More and more research is revealing the health benefits of volunteering. The latest comes in from a study from the University of Exeter (UK). Researchers found a strong positive link between volunteering and well-being. For example, volunteers had a 22% lower mortality rate than non-volunteers, and they also had higher self-esteem and happiness!

Like Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

So whether it’s on a local or national level, find your passion and give back.  If you’d like to learn more about B4BC volunteer opportunities please visit our “get involved” section at b4bc.org.

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Source: Volunteering Makes You Happier (Article) http://www.fastcoexist.com/3016549/volunteering-makes-you-happier?utm_source=facebook

B4BC IN YOSEMITE // FIND YOUR NATURE VIBES
Friday August 30, 2013

Time spent in the natural world is good for the mind, body, and soul.  It’s important that we connect with Mother Nature on a daily basis to help balance out the busy work/life that we’ve all become accustomed to.

Last week B4BC team rider, Mimi Knoop, Mahfia.tv’s Kim Woozy, and myself experienced a 4-day adventure in Yosemite National Park camping, hiking, swimming, star-gazing, and finding our “Yosemite Secret Spots”. A week later we’re still flying high from the nature vibes!

So this Labor Day weekend we want you to take a load off, breathe fresh air, take in the sunshine, connect with Mother Nature, and be good to your soul…

Be healthy. Get active (in nature),

Blair Young / B4BC Outreach Director

 P.S. I want to give a shout out to all of the firefighters who are currently battling the Rim Fire that is greatly affecting Yosemite National Park. Thank you for your brave efforts, we’re all watching closely and wishing you a safe & successful fight.  

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Glacier Point selfie with Yosemit’e most iconic monolith feature, Half Dome (in the back). (L-R) Blair Young, Kim Woozy, Mimi Knoop /Photo: Kim Woozy, GoPro Hero3

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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than (s)he seeks" – John Muir

Photo: Blair’s iPhone, Yosemite Valley Floor with a view of North Dome & it’s Royal Arches (L) & Half Dome (R). 

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Life is good! / Photo: Mimi Knoop, GoPro selfie, floating down the Merced River

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Sunset at 7,000 ft. We all agreed that this was one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever experienced. / Photo: Blair’s iPhone 

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Mimi & I standing amongst the rocks trying to gain perspective on the monstrous granite walls that surround the Yosemite Valley. / Photo: Kim Woozy

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Camp Vibes! / Photo: Kim Woozy

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Woozy & I made the 4.5 mile hike up Yosemite’s “Mist Trail” for a little waterfall action at Vernal Falls. We even caught a rainbow (not pictured). / Photo: Blair Young

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A rare blue moon occurred while we were in Yosemite, creating spectacular night time views of the valley. Here we are having a little fun near the meadow, experimenting with photo “long exposures”.  / Photo hero: Mimi Knoop

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Now go find your nature vibes! / #BeHealthyGetActive

SUPERGIRL PRO // B4BC ONSITE
Wednesday August 7, 2013

SuperGirl Pro // This past weekend thousands of surf fans flocked to Oceanside Pier for the Ford Supergirl Pro—the largest all-women’s surf contest in the world, which also boasts the only ASP 6-star competition in North America for the ladies.

A runner-up 3 x in the Supergirl Series, B4BC team rider Malia Manuel, out surfed New Zealand’s Paige Hareb in an inspiring performance to take home the win and the esteemed Supergirl pink cape!

Our educational outreach booth has been a cause-partner of the Supergirl actionista surf, skate, and snow events since its inception back in 2007.  We’re honored to be able to contribute to these empowering events for young women, which embody our message of living an active healthy lifestyle!

Over the weekend we had several breast cancer survivors, under the age of 30, who stopped by our booth to tell us how much they believe in our mission. Early detection saved their lives and they were grateful that we were there to give young women a hands-on experience for self-checks and feeling what a cancerous lump might feel like with our educational jelly breast molds.

In addition to our booth the festival featured a female-focused sponsor village that included live music, art, free yoga & Zumba classes, hairstyling by Paul Mitchell, and so much more. Our friends from Surfrider were there as well to educate people about the importance of protecting our oceans and beaches.

Thank you to Warner Bros. and ASA Entertainment for the opportunity to be onsite and for your continued support of our mission.  

For more info on the Ford Supergirl Pro, please visit www.SupergirlJam.com or www.asaentertainment.com

(Top L - R) Malia Manuel post win interview with The Surf Channel // Young breast cancer survivor, Kayla Lauriano, believes in our mission //  Self-checks & annual doctor appointments are the key to early detection //  Surf fans packed the beach at Oceanside Pier. 

Malia Manuel elated after winning in the finals. (Photo: Mpu / A-Game Photography)

Manuel surfing her way to a victory. (Photo: Mpu Dinani / A-Game Photography)

B4BC team rider, Sage Erickson, signing autographs for some fans! (Photo: Mpu Dinani / A-Game Photography