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Pink Ribbon Produce is returning to Meijer stores to help raise awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This program encourages consumers to eat more fruits and vegetables to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NCBF) and to reduce their own risk.

Make it your goal to fill half your plate at every meal with nutritious vegetables and fruit to achieve the minimum of 2 1/2 cups each day, as recommended by the American Cancer Society, to help lower cancer risk. These foods contain important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants and are usually low in calories. Choose produce with the most color—dark green, red, yellow and orange—as they typically have the most nutrients.

Look for the Pink Ribbon Produce partnership signs at your local Meijer to purchase products that support efforts in your community and work toward finding cures for breast cancer. The money raised will be used to provide mammograms and educational programs. You can learn more about Pink Ribbon Produce here.

Tips for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

In addition to eating more delicious fruit and vegetables, follow these lifestyle tips to reduce your risk for breast cancer:

Get Screened. Early detection leads to the best results in the treatment of breast cancer. General guidelines for finding breast cancer early include:

  • Mammograms: Often recommended every 1-2 years, women 40 and over should begin mammogram screening and discuss frequency of mammograms with their doctor based on their individual needs. Women under age 40 should discuss their cancer risk and family history with their physician to determine if mammography would be of benefit.
  • Breast Exams: Breast exams done by your doctor or nurse should be part of a health exam about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older.
  • Breast Self-Awareness: Women of all ages should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse.

Maintain A Healthy Weight. Overweight and obese women have a higher risk of diagnosis, and recurrence, of breast cancer when compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause.

Eat the Right Foods. Focus on plenty of fruits and vegetables, high fiber whole grains and lean proteins to help protect your body cells from damage and reduce risk for cancer.

Get Moving. More than 30 research studies have shown that women who exercise at moderate levels for three or more hours per week reduce their risk of getting breast cancer by 30 percent to 40 percent.

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