In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cybex will donate 10 cents per mile to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every mile logged in October on its pink 750T Cybex treadmill at the Ada Wellness Center.
Kathie Johnson, a Chickasaw Nation Division of Housing and Tribal Development employee, has personal reasons to support the cause.
Her mother died of breast cancer seven years ago. Around the same time the pink treadmill was introduced at the center last year, her close friend Colene Alexander was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her co-worker and Housing Management Services Director Terry Davis is a breast cancer survivor.
“These three prompted me to get on it,” said the 59-year-old.
She walked about two miles a day for three days a week on the pink treadmill last October.
“This is a small thing I can do to help and I am proud of it,” said the Lula, Okla., resident.
When asked if she would do it again this year, Johnson promptly replied, “Of course; absolutely.”
Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, according to the Research Foundation.
“This project provides a great opportunity for people to become personally involved in the fight against breast cancer,” said Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation. “This endeavor not only raises money for research, but also raises awareness of the important role exercise plays in preventing the disease.”
Paul Juris, executive director of Cybex Institute, explained the connection.
“Although the positive effects of exercise have long been known to reduce obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease – less well-known is that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Data supports women of any age can reduce their breast cancer risk up to 23 percent with six or more hours a week of moderate exercise.”
Last year, about 563 miles were logged on the pink treadmill, according to Wellness Center Manager Melinda Ward.
The Wellness Center is located at 229 West Seabrook Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon.
The center provides education, mentoring, monitoring, incentives and access to activities to promote exercise, nutrition and overall improved health.
Opened in June 2004, the 30,000-plus-square-foot facility features a gymnasium, swimming pool, walking track, weight room, training kitchen, as well as aerobic and martial arts exercise areas.
The Wellness Center is free to Chickasaw citizens, tribal employees and their immediate families and is open to the general public for a fee.
For more information, visit www.chickasaw.net or call (580) 310-9661.