Pink Flags Over Metro

By WEEK Producer

September 25, 2010 Updated Sep 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM CDT

They're thinking pink at a Peoria shopping mall this weekend. The Metro Centre, in conjunction with Susan G. Komen For The Cure, is holding an event called Pink Flags Over Metro.

Pink flags adorn the shops to help kick off breast cancer awareness month and to promote preventative steps to living a healthy lifestyle.

The Methodist mamm-van was there today providing free mammograms... and there were other health care providers and vendors on hand to promote good health and staying fit.

"Its important that you get your health checked regularly by a health care provider. That way you can catch anything early," said Teresa Pheasant, a nurse for Methodist Medical Center.

"Diseases are easier to treat when they're caught earlier and hopefully stave off some lasting effects."

There were also several other health resources available.

"Besides information regarding breast cancer we have Proctor here distributing flu shots. We have a chiropractor here that people can visit, he's giving massages," said Lou Ellen Putrich, an event volunteer.

And remember, this is the 25th of the month, so don't forget to perform your breast self-exam and remind a buddy to do their's as well.

For more information on breast health and the Buddy Check program log onto centralillinois newscenter-dot-com and click on health, then Buddy Check.

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