[76] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/24/2014)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Start Date: 1/24/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PM
Last week, I was able to take part in a great tradition here at the Statehouse. In support of cancer awareness, legislators and staff were encouraged to wear sneakers with their suits for the annual Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer as well as showcase the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease.

Currently, more than one million American’s are diagnosed with cancer each year. Of those diagnosed, one in three cancer-related deaths could have been prevented by living a healthier lifestyle and eating right. By wearing sneakers, Americans across the nation and Hoosiers alike can raise awareness of these frightening statistics and take a stand against cancer.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer, the suits and sneakers event takes place nationwide connecting athletes, students and businesses to take part in the fight against cancer. Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse allows legislators and staff to take a step forward together to bring awareness of the health issues that can cause cancer and understand the different ways to prevent this disease.

There are many different things you and family can do to prevent cancer and raise awareness. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet can not only help prevent cancer in the long run but other diseases as well. Exercising regularly, at least two and half hours a week, will contribute to a healthier lifestyle and is an easy way to take part in cancer prevention.

The largest organ in the body is our skin and consequentially is the most common type of cancer. Even the youngest among us need to take great care in the sun. Staying aware while outside in the sun, applying sunscreen and taking breaks to sit in the shade is a good way to maintain fresh and healthy skin. The sun’s rays are the strongest in the afternoon, so it is a good rule of thumb to try and limit direct exposure to sunlight during this time.

Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer in America yet is the leading form of cancer deaths in both men and women. Smoking can greatly deteriorate breathing ability and increase the likeliness of a variety of different health problems. Staying away from tobacco and avoiding second hand smoke can help prevent lung cancer and other diseases involved with the intake of nicotine such as cancers of the lips, mouth, throat, etc.

Being aware of your health and taking part in cancer prevention tactics is critical to living long healthy lives. Showing your support for cancer victims is a great way to raise awareness and through cancer screening tests from your doctor you can help in keeping yourself and your family healthy. 

For more information on cancer prevention techniques please visit the website for the American Cancer Society.

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