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Pink treadmills at UWG to raise awareness, funds for breast cancer research
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Pink treadmills at UWG to raise awareness, funds for breast cancer research

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The new pink treadmills at the University of West Georgia's Campus Center are hard to miss -- which is good, because they're there for an important reason.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Cybex International will donate 10 cents to breast cancer research for every mile logged on the treadmills.

"Although the positive effects of exercise have long been known to reduce obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, less well known is that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer," said Paul Juris, executive director of the CYBEX Institute. "Data supports women of any age can reduce their breast cancer risk up to 23 percent with six or more hours per week of moderate exercise."

Cybex International manufactured the pink treadmills, which will be at UWG, Georgia Tech and two places in Augusta through October.

"Our department recognizes that breast cancer is the number two cause of cancer death in U.S. women. We feel as if this is one small way that [UWG University Recreation] can educate our participants and help raise awareness to this fact," said Matt Miller, UWG director of University Recreation (UREC).

The money raised by the pink treadmill campaign will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"One factor that makes the University of West Georgia's participation in the Pink Ribbon Run program unique is that Dr. Melanie McClellan, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and Linda Picklesimer, former director of the Campus Center, have both had personal battles with this disease," Miller said. "We think our students and members will choose to work out on the pink treadmills for their October workouts because they realize that every mile logged is one step closer to a cure."

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