Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA


October 20, 2012

Local women “Get their Pink on”

Cordele — CORDELE — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Crisp Regional Health Services sponsored the annual “Get Your Pink On” Saturday at the Retreat at Lake Blackshear.

The event was held to honor survivors, remember those who have lost the battle and gain valuable insight on ways to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Following a welcome by Crisp Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Stephen Gautney and CRH medical imaging director Shelvia Koontz, a presentation was given by Dr. Sheila Southerland entitled “It’s tough being a woman.”

“It is tough being a woman,” said Southerland. “We are bombarded with the media’s image of what a woman should be. We face a lot of stresses, the toughest of which is when you have to deal with your own or a loved one’s battle with cancer.”

According to Southerland, statistics say that approximately 13 million people are affected by cancer.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she said.

Southerland went on to describe some of the modifiable risk factors such as diet, exercise, vaccines and tobacco and alcohol usage.

Diet includes eating more fruits and veggies, avoiding red/processed meats, choosing whole grains and limiting high calorie drinks. Adults need a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise weekly. Children and teens need one hour a day, three days a week.

Other factors include controlling weight and avoiding sudden weight gain. “Even a 10% reduction in weight can have positive effects on one’s health,” she said.

Southerland also said it is important to protect the body from the sun and the eyes from ultraviolet rays.

Before offering a blessing for the brunch, Koontz recognized breast cancer survivors and asked that a moment of silence be observed in memory of those who lost the battle.

Dr. Deborah Charles gave a presentation, “Protecting the Girls” followed by an introduction of area physicians.

Afterwards, CRH employee Laura Stephens introduced Martha Lanier as the event’s keynote speaker. A breast cancer survivor and heart attack survivor, Lanier is author of the book “Pink Lemonade: Mastectomy Tips and Insights from a Breast Cancer Survivor.”

In Lanier’s presentation, “The Power of Choice: Overcoming Obstacles and Managing Life’s Stresses,” she spoke of her own experiences in how decreasing stress, increasing humor and maintaining a positive attitude helped her recover and get into top physical condition.

Those efforts also enabled competition in her first triathlon, the AFLAC Iron Girl Triathlon, on the first anniversary following her surgery.

“Every day we are faced with obstacles of varying degrees,” said Lanier. “But what I found is that it is not how big the obstacle is, but the attitude with which we face and overcome.”


Text Only
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy