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(Family Features) From social media to video games, cats rule the internet. They’re a constant source of joy and entertainment, and a beloved part of more than 45 million American homes, according to the American Pet Products Association. There are also millions of free-roaming and homeless cats across the country, however.

To help cats in homes and communities enjoy great lives, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program is working to create more pet-friendly communities. Consider these five ways you can help and learn more at BetterCitiesforPets.com.

1. Provide a forever home. Many shelters are facing increased intake as pet parents feel forced to give up their pets due to hardship. In fact, Shelter Animals Count revealed cat intakes in June were double that of January. Check with your local shelter to learn about adoption options and resources to help. Your community might offer sponsored programs to help local cats get adopted.

2. Make sure your cat has kitty ID. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped cats are more than 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners than those without chips. One of the first things a shelter or veterinarian will do with a found cat is scan for a microchip, so it’s an easy way to ID your cat if lost and help him or her get home. Also make sure your contact information associated with the microchip is up to date.

3. Share the love. If you’re a cat parent, you know the importance of healthy nutrition, routine vet visits and active play to exercise your cat’s mind and body. You can also help homeless cats enjoy these necessities by supporting your local shelter or rescue. Donate food or funds for medical care, volunteer to help socialize cats or become an ambassador for adoption by sharing social posts about cats looking for homes.

4. Learn about community cats. If your city has a lot of free-roaming cats, you might be surprised to learn they’re probably being cared for on a regular basis through a community cat program aimed at helping humanely reduce overpopulation and nuisance behaviors. In these programs, shelters, volunteers and cities work together to feed, spay or neuter, vaccinate and care for outdoor cats. Learn more with the Community Cat Toolkit from the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Program to see how you may be able to help.

5. Become a community cat advocate. There are various ways to support community cat programs, including getting involved as a feeder, donating food or supplies, or helping with trap-neuter-return events. You can also write letters to your city government to explain the benefits of community cat care and pet-friendly policies. Your voice matters and cats can benefit from your support.

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Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding roller coasters.

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Investigators Explore Impact of Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol Consumption on Black Breast Cancer Survivors

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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Results Published in JAMA Network Open

Newswise — New Brunswick, N.J. – Investigators from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s  only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, together with RWJBarnabas Health, found that a higher risk of mortality in Black breast cancer survivors is associated with a history of cigarette smoking along with regular alcohol consumption at the time of diagnosis. The work, led by Nur Zeinomar, PhD, MPH, associate member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute, along with senior author Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD of Rutgers Cancer Institute, Rutgers School of Public Health  and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,is published in JAMA Network Open (doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.52371)

There is limited data about how lifestyle factors are associated with breast cancer prognosis in Black women, as the majority of evidence is based on studies in white breast cancer survivors.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes limited alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking, has been associated with improved survival following a breast cancer diagnosis (Li Q et al. Breast Cancer. 2022 Nov;29(6):957-966.). In this population-based cohort study of 1,926 Black breast cancer survivors, researchers found that those who smoked at the time of breast cancer diagnosis had a 52 percent increased risk for death due to any cause, compared with those who never smoked. This association was most pronounced for women with greater ‘pack-years’ of smoking and who regularly consumed alcohol, suggesting that smoking at the time of diagnosis is associated with a higher risk of mortality among Black breast cancer survivors, report the authors.

“Our findings add to the evidence of the detrimental health impacts of smoking and underscore the need of tailored and targeted survivorship care for breast cancer survivors, particularly Black women and those with heavier levels of smoking,” notes Dr. Zeinomar, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Jonson Medical School. “According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 40 percent increased risk of death for Black women diagnosed with breast cancer compared to non-Hispanic white women, thus better understanding how these modifiable risk factors are associated with prognosis is important for clinical recommendations and management following a breast cancer diagnosis.”

The authors note limitations of the study include limited information on cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption after diagnosis, as well as data on other types of smoking including passive smoking and e-cigarette use. Additionally, both alcohol consumption and smoking could potentially be underreported as both exposures in the study were based on self-reporting. The investigators say future studies should examine the role of continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis as well as smoking cessation in breast cancer survivorship.

Author acknowledgements, disclosures and other information can be found here 

About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey  As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute, together with RWJBarnabas Health, offers the most advanced cancer treatment options including bone marrow transplantation, proton therapy, CAR T-cell therapy and complex surgical procedures. Along with clinical trials and novel therapeutics such as precision medicine and immunotherapy – many of which are not widely available – patients have access to these cutting-edge therapies at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital in Newark, as well as through RWJBarnabas Health facilities. To make a tax-deductible gift to support Rutgers Cancer Institute, call 848-932-8013 or visit www.cinj.org/giving

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Go Fly a Kite on February 8, 2023

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Today is National Kite Flying Day!

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY

National Kite Flying Day is observed annually on February 8, and encourages exploring kite flying and indulging. Across the country, Enthusiasts mark the day by either launching their kites or making plans to attend festivals. 

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POLAR AND MOSSY OAK INTRODUCE A NEW LINE OF THE POLAR GRIT X PRO FOR OUTDOOR, SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

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Polar and Mossy Oak team up to offer the ultimate training, outdoor multisport watch in iconic camouflage patterns

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Polar Electro (www.polar.com), the world leader in personal guidance for fitness, sport, and health, and Mossy Oak (www. mossyoak.com), the leading branded camouflage and outdoor lifestyle company, have announced their collaboration on the Polar Grit X Pro, a premium outdoor multisport watch that is engineered for extreme durability and equipped with superior navigation and training tools. Perfect for outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this premier partnership unites one of the toughest, lightest, and most versatile Polar watches with the iconic look of Mossy Oak camouflage patterns, available in Country DNA and Bottomland.

Polar Grit X Pro

“We are excited to join forces with a household name like Mossy Oak that exemplifies loyalty to the outdoors and their customers,” says Michael Valentino, Senior Director of Consumer & B2B Sales of Polar US. “Now, nature lovers will be able to enjoy the functionality of the Polar Grit X Pro, offering unrivaled training and navigation tools, ultra-long battery life, and durability, matched with classic camouflage patterns that our customers can sport on a camping trip or hiking trail”, he adds.

Polar Grit X Pro features include:

  • Scratch-resistant sapphire glass lens
  • Stainless-steel bezel
  • Military-grade durability
  • Water Resistant Up to 100m (about the height of the Statue of Liberty)
  • Up to 7 days of battery on a single charge
  • Advanced wrist-based heart rate tracking with Polar Precision Prime™
  • Route planning and turn-by-turn guidance powered by komoot
  • Route and elevation profiles
  • Always-on outdoor dashboards, including altimeter, compass, coordinates, weather, and daylight times
  • Automatic sleep tracking and recovery apps

The Mossy Oak enterprise extends across nearly all aspects of the outdoors lifestyle aiming to help people in connecting with the wilderness. Over the years, Mossy Oak has carved a path in the outdoor apparel and gear space through its iconic camouflage patterns that are continuously voted a number one camouflage print in America, now featured in the Polar Grit X Pro.

“Our partnership with Polar was the perfect opportunity to expand our footprint with consumers who not only love exploring the outdoors but also taking care of their health with a deep understanding of wellness and technology,” says Chris Paradise, Senior Vice President Chief Sales Officer, Mossy Oak. “Featuring patterns like Bottomland that launched our brand with Country DNA that highlights the evolution of our versatile prints, really shows how far Mossy Oak has come over the years to now being paired with science-backed technology for the adventurous outdoor lover”, he continues.

The Polar Grit X Pro is priced at $529.95, and will be available in Mossy Oak patterns on January 30, 2023 in major retail stores, as well as online at Polar.com.

ABOUT POLAR

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For over 45 years, Polar has provided guidance for health, sports, and fitness with the world’s best measurement technology and data-driven user insight to help people – from first timers to professional athletes – succeed in their pursuit of a happier and healthier life. Renowned for an unparalleled dedication to science and deep understanding of sports, wellness, and technology, Polar has cemented itself globally within the industry as the go-to partner for anyone looking to discover their true potential. Our award-winning product range includes pioneering sports wearables that work elegantly with Polar training apps and cloud services.

For more information, please visit Polar.com.
Follow Polar on FacebookInstagramTikTokLinkedIn,  and YouTube.

ABOUT MOSSY OAK

Established in 1986, Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., and is home to Mossy Oak. For more than 35 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoor lifestyle brand specializing in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts and helping people get closer to nature. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy OakBioLogicCapture ProductionsMOOSE MediaNativ NurseriesNativ LivingGameKeepersGameKeepers KennelsMossy Oak Properties, and Mossy Oak GO. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey FederationDucks UnlimitedMack’s Prairie Wings, and Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

Follow Mossy Oak on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and YouTube.

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