Suits and Sneakers cancer awareness

State Representative Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) joined House legislators and staff in wearing sneakers at the Statehouse in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it. This annual effort also aims to promote the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing a person’s risk of cancer.

“My wife, Rosalie, is currently battling cancer, so I know firsthand what a struggle it can be for people and their loved ones,” said Rep. Behning. “Sadly, cancer affects thousands of Hoosiers all over the state, and I am glad to see so many legislators and staff at the Statehouse showing their support today.”

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.

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.

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