Tennis Identity

Thinking green more than pink this October.

TI Image lo res October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in support are a myriad of pink themed tennis (and other) products, the proceeds from which go to fund breast cancer research. All good of course but think green as well. 

"…[A]s a dietitian," says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. Director of Nutrition Education for the  Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, "I’m thinking more about green and less about pink. All women should know that increasing the amount of vegetables and other plant foods in their diets can help protect against breast cancer. 

Scientific research has linked breast cancer risk to dietary fat—but plant-based diets are naturally low in fat. Plant foods are also packed with antioxidants and high in fiber, which helps move excess hormones and other cancer triggers out of the body. Lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and limiting alcohol decrease breast cancer risk by about 38 percent, according to a recent report released by the American Institute for Cancer Research. 

Vegetarian diets built from a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can play an important role in preventing cancer—and they also help fight obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. This year, let’s look past the pink-washing and focus on greenifying our diets to protect our health.* 

IMHO you can do both. Buy pink, eat green; help others, help yourself and by all means keep playing tennis.