State Representative Denny Zent (R-Angola) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse last Thursday to participate in the Suits and Sneakers challenge to support the fight against cancer.
The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Those who participate in the challenge wear the sneakers to remind others that healthy habits such as exercise and good nutrition can help reduce the risk of cancer. According to the organization, every one in three cancer deaths are caused by issues relating to nutrition and physical activity. In 2013 alone, there were 35,550 new cases of cancer in the state of Indiana.
“Unfortunately, we have all witnessed how horrible cancer is,” said Rep. Zent. “There are thousands of Hoosiers living with this disease and fighting every day for their lives. We must do whatever we can to contest cancer and support those affected.”
Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It is a simple way to spotlight the fact that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. – exceeded only by heart disease, which accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. It is also an opportunity to remind people about all the ways they can reduce their risk of cancer; like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices and following the American Cancer Society’s recommended cancer screening guidelines.
“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Indiana collegiate coaches have formed a partnership again this year to raise awareness about cancer. This partnership provides the legislature a great opportunity to help raise awareness and to show our fellow Hoosiers they’re not alone in the fight against cancer. Until a cure is found, we need to continue to promote the steps people can take to reduce their risk for cancer and to show compassion and support for those who are affected by this disease,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).