New Year, New You: Join Team Komen for the OC Marathon

At Komen, we’re all about an active lifestyle, and what better way than to kick off the New Year with a healthy, new you. Komen Orange County has once again teamed up with the OC Marathon and we need your support in joining our team to raise funds toward the fight against breast cancer! In addition to raising critical funds, we are focusing on health and wellness to achieve our fitness goals at this year’s marathon. Team Komen’s top marathon training tips include:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Being patient with yourself
  • Eating a healthy breakfast to start your metabolism
  • Running a dress-rehearsal at the course

OC Marathon

Join us! You’ll have plenty of time to train with the marathon taking place on May 3, but it’s never too soon to register and fundraise. In fact, if you register for Team Komen and raise $125 by Jan. 20, you’ll get free entry into the marathon for a friend or family member! Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

 Not up for a full marathon? OC Marathon also offers a half marathon and 5K for those who aren’t quite ready for the 26.2 mile race.

Last year, Komen Orange County raised more than $6,500 at the OC Marathon to help fund breast health education programs, research and treatment services. This year, we need your help to exceed our goal of $10,000.

Are you ready to join? Contact us at 714-957-9157 ext. 30 or jguevara@komenoc.org.to be a part of Team Komen. Cheers for the New Year!

The Benefits of Walking

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~ Henry David Thoreau 

In a recent article entitled “Walk Your Way to Better Health”, RealSimple magazine explains how walking is beneficial to your health in a number of ways. According to the article, walking can “…strengthen your bones, tone your muscles, and trim your waist, and it may reduce your risk of some cancers and other deadly diseases.”

With the Komen OC Race for the Cure only days away, we are excited about the benefits of walking both for individual health and reaching our annual  goal of raising  awareness and funds to  provide local breast cancer treatment. Komen OC provides a variety of community outreach programs to help educate women. They also provide uninsured, low-income women with breast screenings and mammograms. This year, Komen OC is encouraging race participants to raise a minimum of $125; the average cost of a Komen-funded mammogram.

New to the Race this year will be an avid runners start time beginning at 7:15 AM. The other 5K times for both runner and walkers will being at 7:30 AM and 9:45 AM.  

And if none of the above reasons to walk is convincing enough, RealSimple also claims that, “The more you walk, the better your mood and the lower your risk of depression.” (Especially when you’re walking to save lives!)

Real Simple article

Early start time

We hope you can join us at the 2012 Race for the Cure this Sunday, Sept. 23!

Komen OC and Northgate Gonzalez Markets Partner up for Breast Health Outreach to Latina Women

On Monday, April 16, the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in collaboration with the YWCA and Northgate Gonzalez Markets, teamed up to give free clinical breast exams and mammograms to 34 Hispanic women at the Northgate Gonzalez Market in La Habra. Latina women are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage from breast cancer and therefore are at increased risk of dying from the disease, so it is important that they are provided with information and resources to increase rates of early detection.

The effort will continue through the month of May at different Northgate Gonzalez Markets throughout Orange County. Eligible women must be 40 years or older, have a low household income and no medical insurance or an insurance that has a high deductible or co-payment.

For more information on upcoming events such as this one, please contact the Komen Orange County office at (714) 957-9157 or visit www.komenoc.org.