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Gayle Anderson was live in Huntington Beach for the Orange County Traffic Officer's Association 2010 Police Motorcycle Training and Skills Competition today, October 6th, from 7 am to 5 pm at Huntington State Beach. This is the 38th annual "MOTORCYCLE RODEO", southern California's premier motor rodeo that draws officers from all over the western states. Excellent bike handling skills are vital to a motor officer and this event serves as an important training day to ensure their safety.

This year's event included: individual competition, top gun competition, charity slow box, competitor awards, achievement awards, raffle prizes, vendor displays, and food and drinks. The cost of admission, $20, which includes the entry fee, a catered lunch and an event T-shirt.

The mission of the Orange County Traffic Officer's Association is to assist officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty and their families, be a resource for traffic-related training to law enforcement personnel and to organize and provide a venue for motor skills competition, camaraderie and esprit de corps.

If you couldn't make it out to this year's event, the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP), overseen by the California Highway Patrol, offers these safety tips for riders. 1. Get trained and licensed. 2. Wear all the right gear all the time. 3. Don't drink and ride. 4. Ride within your limits and obey the traffic laws. 5. Be lifelong learners.

For drivers, the California Motorcyclist Safety Programs offers these suggestions. 1. Look for motorcyclists. Don't be distracted. 2. Give riders some room and share the road. 3. Keep trash in the car and cargo secure.

CMSP expects to train 65,000 motorcyclists per year and operates over 120 training sites throughout California, which offer two training courses that focus on rider safety: the Basic RiderCourse for beginning motorcyclists and Basic RiderCourses 2 for riders who are interested in improving their skills. The cost of the CMSP Basic Course will be no more than $250.00 for riders who are 21 years old and older and $150 for under 21 years old. Please be aware that tuition for the Basic RiderCourse does not include DMV fees associated with obtaining your motorcycle license.

For more information:Today Only!7 am to 5 pm2010 Police Motorcycle Training and Skills CompetitionHuntington State BeachNewland & Pacific Coast HighwayHuntington Beach 92646http://octoa.org

California Motorcyclist Safety Program2 Jenner Street, Suite 150Irvine, CA 926181-(877) RIDE-411www.ca-msp.org

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Also, October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! PUT ON SOMETHING PINK and know the six MUSTS for every woman to lower her risk of Breast Cancer according WOMAN'S DAY magazine:

1. Stay at a healthy weight. Research shows that post-menopausal women who are obese are 1.5 times as likely to develop breast cancer as their normal-weight counterparts, and are at a significantly higher risk of dying from the disease. One potential reason is that fat tissue can produce estrogen. Too much of it raises your estrogen levels, thus increasing your risk of cancer.

2. Exercise. There's a benefit to getting a move on, no matter what you weigh. Research from the National Cancer Institute shows that exercising four or more hours a week can decrease estrogen levels and in turn help lower breast cancer risk. Make your workout intense and your risk will decrease by as much as 30 percent.

3. Limit alcohol. There's a well-defined link between drinking and breast cancer risk: The more alcohol you consume, the greater the danger. Women who have two to five alcoholic drinks a day have about 1.5 times the cancer risk of those who don't drink any.

4. Know your family history. If your mother, grandmother or maternal aunt developed breast cancer at age 50 or earlier, you may carry the gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2, which can place your lifetime risk of breast cancer at 60 percent (and your risk of ovarian cancer at 15 to 40 percent). Talk to your doctor about genetic testing and find out what protective actions you can take.

5. Eat healthy. Research shows that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, whole grains and legumes is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. A recent study also showed that women who carried the BRCA mutation and ate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables had up to a 73 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women with the mutation who didn't eat their veggies.

6. Check your D levels. Although some experts say the link between vitamin D and breast cancer is uncertain, a few studies have highlighted a connection. One study found that higher levels of D meant a 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Another revealed that women who got a lot of vitamin D from diet, supplements or spending time outdoors were 25 to 45 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those with lower levels.

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