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Think Pink With Me This June!


by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD, CDN, Whole Nutrition Services

What are you doing June 7? How does a life-changing night devoted to health and wellness sound, with some of the top names in the field (including yours truly)? I am so excited and honored to be a part of the The Pink Agenda — TPA Talks, a one-night-only event about surviving breast cancer and science’s tremendous fight against it.

The Pink Agenda has been around since 2007 when a 23-year-old named Marisa Renee Lee was looking for some positivity in her own mother’s breast cancer fight. Lee, Liana M. Douillet Guzmán, and Jaquelyn M. Scharnick soon got together to start the nonprofit. To date, it has given two million dollars towards breast cancer research and care as well as educating so many.

The event will be happening at 7pm at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (Loreto Theater) in the East Village at 18 Bleecker Street. If you’re in NYC or not too far, I encourage you to come. Tickets are only $35 and that includes talks from me; researcher TAL DANINO, PHD; oncology specialist NEIL IYENGAR, MD; assistant director of scientific programs at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation MANEESH KUMAR, MD, PHD, actress and breast cancer survivor KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ (Smash); journalist and activist GERALYN LUCAS and “previvor” PAIGE MORE.

Each speaker brings a unique perspective to the table in the way they’ve used their talents to wage the battle against breast cancer. I am bringing my body-positive and all foods fit theme to the evening – emphasizing self-care as always. There is a dichotomous food message for preventing cancer and or any illness. I will help to balance the message by letting those with breast cancer know that you can still eat kale and cupcakes, and that you can still love your body no matter what. In fact, loving your body should be considered a part of your total prevention and healing regimen. Taking care of you –  in mind, body and spirit are all equal parts of wellness. In fact, stressing over prevention of cancer by avoiding foods could possibly be just as inflammatory as eating them in excess.  As always, the focus is on finding what is right for you and creating balance.

Whether you are a previvor, survivor, have a friend or family member with illness, or just want to learn more about it, I encourage you to come this Thursday, June 7th. TCA also has many other events in the New York area from now through the fall, including a summer night of baseball, so definitely check them out!