Garage sale finds enhance breast cancer awareness
Saturday morning I wandered around Orrville looking for garage sale finds. This small town was ripe with one man’s trash equals another man’s treasure.
My goal was to go home with a portable crib and a stroller for my new granddaughter’s use when she visits my home. Luckily, I hit the jackpot at the first group of houses that I visited.
The Methodist church across town was a draw for me even though I had already found what I was looking for early in the day. They had a grand sale where I scored quite a few children’s books and a portable radio. The baby doesn’t need the radio but I had to replace the one in my bathroom and the price was right.
While driving around town and stopping every few feet I noticed a trend in the items that were for up for grabs. Many yards sported exercise equipment for sale. I recognized a $500 piece of equipment with a price tag of just $5.
This combination cycle and arm stretcher looked brand new. The sign said that it had been used twice. I guess the second time was to just to prove to the owner that she didn’t want to use it any longer. The lady was so desperate to get rid of it she couldn’t even give it away for a few dollars. I passed it up, too.
At other houses I saw DVD videos on calorie burning activities like kick boxing, kettlebells and Zumba for sale. Treadmills and even a thighmaster were off to the closest bidder. My eyes zeroed in on a VCR tape of Richard Simmon’s “Sweatin To the Oldies” with ladies and their bouffant hairdos in sweat shirts and sweat pants jiggling to the beat.
If I was looking for a new way to exercise, Orrville was the place to be on Saturday. Boxing gloves and free weights were sitting in front yards for sale. Prices for jump ropes and spandex were stretched to new lows, just waiting for a new owner.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink is the color to sport, at least until it gets closer to Halloween. I did notice a few pink ribbons in front yards and one of the garages sales was donating their proceeds to this worthy cause.
Staying in shape with regular exercise is one way to reduce the risk of all cancers, especially breast cancer. Even those who have already have had to deal with breast cancer can reduce the risk of recurrence with regular exercise.
Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily along with fewer high-fat meals can minimize the incidence of breast cancer. Including a 30-minute walk or increasing trips upstairs and downstairs can cause this life-changing nightmare to possibly pass by a lifestyle.
The lady in Orrville who wanted to rid herself of that contraption that caused sweat and muscle with exertion should have considered a different marketing approach. For just $5 and 50 minutes a day, the risk of breast cancer could be greatly reduced. With a line like that, who could pass it up?
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330–684-4776.