MD Anderson regional care centers inspire healthy living
Ride of a Lifetime fitness event
To promote the link between exercise and reducing the risk of cancer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is partnering with LIFE TIME to present the inaugural Ride of a Lifetime event on Sat., March 22 from 6-10 p.m. in the CITY CENTRE plaza, 801 Town & Country Blvd. Participants will enjoy a high-energy, outdoor cycling class from 6-8 p.m., followed by a one-hour Zumba celebration from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Online registration for those who wish to participate is now open at www.MDAndersonROLT.com. The two-hour cycle portion of the program, led by well-known LIFE TIME cycle instructor Jeff Rosga, is $55. All participants will receive an MD Anderson regional care center cycling jersey made exclusively for the event. Space is limited to 300 cyclists, so participants are urged to register quickly.
The Zumba aerobic dance class, led by popular LIFE TIME instructor Roberto Cubias, is free and open to the public.
“While disease cannot always be prevented, there are conscious decisions people can make to decrease their cancer risks, such as making physical fitness a priority,” said Shalin Shah, M.D., medical director of the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land. “This is why it’s important to have this event, which invites the public to take part in a fun evening of fitness with others who make healthy lifestyle choices.”
Adults should aim for at least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic exercise or an hour and 15 minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise each week to help lower their cancer risks. To maintain good health, children require at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
The event will also spotlight Houston-area patients and survivors for whom fitness has played an integral role in their overall health and recovery. Gabe Canales, a cancer survivor and founder of the Blue Cure Foundation, will be the evening’s emcee.
“This event is unique in that it encourages exercise for everyone, helps share important information about cancer prevention and raises awareness for all the types of cancer men and women are challenged with today,” Canales said. “How we take care of our bodies has a huge impact on our health, and I know this from experience. And that’s why it’s a mission of mine to encourage everyone to be physically active and make healthy diet choices.”
In addition to serving as the site for this event, the plaza will be set aglow in red lighting as the sun goes down, with a laser light show starting at 7 p.m. Additional entertainment will include guest speakers, complimentary souvenir photos, free red glow necklaces and the interactive Strikeout Cancer Art Wall. MD Anderson physicians will be on site during the event to answer questions about reducing risk and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Before engaging in any physical activity, it’s best to consult with your doctor, especially if you’re currently in treatment for any type of disease or on medication.
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