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SPECIAL ADVER TISING SECTION Chromosomes » continued from page 108 are stressors all around us, every day. We have stress from our jobs, stress from our families and stress from being caught in a traffi c jam when we are late for an appointment. The fact is stress is, and always will be, a part of our lives. How we deal with that stress affects our wellbeing. Reducing stress levels is just as important as making good food choices or exercising, and it is probably the most diffi cult to ac-complish. Again, there is no magic pill or one-size-fi ts-all plan that will work for everyone when it comes to reducing stress, but studies have shown that meditating regularly and listening to soothing music can help reduce stress. So, what could it hurt to give yourself thirty minutes every day to sit in total silence to let go of the million things on your to-do list and just be, or to listen to some Kenny G on the commute home from a hard day at work. If that doesn’t work, perhaps try a combination of things, like meditating in the morning and letting loose on a punching bag at night. I have a coworker who gives herself a technology-free day every weekend. She shuts off her phone, tablet and computer for a full twenty-four hours. What a glorious thought to not be disturbed by a ding, buzz or chime alerting us of someone else’s needs. It is also important to keep alcohol consumption in check, limiting intake to one serving per day. Finally, getting enough rest is extremely important to rejuvenate the mind as well as the body. It is not about how many hours of sleep we need in order to function, it is about getting ample rest. If we do not rest our bodies and our minds, they will eventually knock us down with a serious illness. Humans are complex beings with complex bodies, made up of complex molecules. Scientists continue to unlock the secrets of telomeres that can lead to great advancements in the treatment of cancer and other illnesses. “Fortunately, making healthy lifestyle choices can affect us at a cellular level, lengthening and strengthen-ing our telomeres and improving the quality and longevity of life,” says Wiggins. Join Us Flames of Hope Weekend Schedule YOUR PASSPORT TO SURVIVORSHIP AND WELLNESS HEALTHY LIVING EXPO Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Renaissance Providence Hotel and Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence. This is an extraordinary free healthy living event open to ALL cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. This exciting day-long event will feature more than thirty cancer-specifi c/healthy living vendors, cooking demonstrations, interactive health activities, a survivor’s lounge, a bookstore, information and resources and some amazing nationally recognized speakers, including Geralyn Lucas, a survivor and author of P ar � B� P hk^�Eb i lm b \ d�m h�F r �F Zl m ^\ m hf r . Register at fl amesofhoperi.org. FLAMES OF HOPE: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE EVENT Saturday Oct. 3, 2015 4 p.m.–midnight at Celebration Village (Station Park), Providence. New date — bigger event. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EVENT INCLUDE: 6 p.m. Illuminations of Life ceremony at the State House. 7 p.m. ARS Pink Park , a ticketed event. Purchase tickets at fl amesofhoperi.org. 8 p.m. Breaking Boards for Breast Cancer , presented by Mastery Martial Arts. 9 p.m. Decadia (80s tribute band), on the main stage. OUR GRATITUDE The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation would like to extend its deepest gratitude for this resource guide and our 2016 Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life calendar to its sponsors. FLAMES OF HOPE RUN/WALK SERIES Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 8 a.m. Onsite registration and packet pickup. 9 a.m. Start of the Pink Pump Palooza . Multiple start times, presented by Nordstrom. 10 a.m. Start of kids fun run . Multiple start times, presented by Macy’s. 11:15 a.m. Start of the Gloria Gemma 5K . Noon: Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series awards ceremony . 21st Century Oncology South County Hospital Admirals Bank NorthMain Radiation Oncology

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