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Teen girls take charge of their breast health with Pilates

TORONTO, November 10, 2011 – Teen girls and their moms will have the opportunity to practice what being 'breast health aware' really means on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Toronto-based global lifestyle organization Merrithew™ will be teaming up with The Pink Tulip Foundation for a unique event called Perky Pilates – a fundraiser to support the Foundation's mission to educate girls about breast cancer prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. The one-hour Pilates class, which will be led by Sally Belanger, Master Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES® programming, will be held at the Toronto French School from 10am-12pm.

"We are huge supporters of The Pink Tulip Foundation and what they stand for. It is our pleasure to sponsor this event and help with general awareness," says Lindsay G. Merrithew, President & CEO of Merrithew™. "For over 20 years, my wife Moira and I have been committed to providing effective and responsible exercise options to help people meet their lifestyle and health goals – no matter what their age or level of fitness. Organizing a special STOTT PILATES class for such a good cause is something we're extremely pleased to be a part of."

Mothers and daughters, girlfriends and all women and men are encouraged to attend for a morning of fun and fitness for a great cause. Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for teens – and all participants will receive a free STOTT PILATES Mat donated by Merrithew Health & Fitness, as well as refreshments. For more information on the fundraiser check out You're invited!

"We are thrilled to be hosting this event! In support of this initiative we'll also be presenting our new Be PINK video - a breast health resource for teens featuring tips on healthy living and risk reduction from Olympic Gold medalist figure skater Tessa Virtue and University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field standout Sarah Wells, who will be at the event. It will also feature real experiences from breast cancer survivors, including Canadian rock star Bif Naked," says Susan MacDonald Executive Director, The Pink Tulip Foundation.

The Pink Tulip Foundation

It is a charitable organization striving to empower and educate young girls to make healthy lifestyle choices now to reduce their risk of breast cancer as adult women. Through a variety of initiatives The Pink Tulip Foundation facilitates healthy lifestyle choices and breast cancer awareness by educating teens to take action now to reduce their chances of being affected by breast cancer in the future.

About Merrithew

Merrithew was co-founded by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew in 1988. For over 30 years the company has been dedicated to enriching the lives of others by providing responsible exercise modalities and innovative fitness brands across the globe. Merrithew’s premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®, delivers best-in-class Pilates education and media to everyone from avid exercisers, elite athletes, and pre/post-natal clients, to rehab and fitness professionals, and is used by studios worldwide. Other high-end Merrithew fitness brands include ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and Halo® Training. Merrithew has trained more than 60,000 students in 135 countries. Merrithew’s Media Division (MMD) produces print and video-based content for professional and consumer markets. For more information visit

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