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Monthly Motivation: Sun Safety Tips

sunglassesStronger sun is associated with summer, but UV rays start to increase in spring, even before the temperature starts to rise. Playing outdoors is a great way to keep kids active, but protecting their skin from harmful rays can be a challenge. Here are some sun safety tips from the Center for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society :

 

Find shade
This seems obvious, but is still important. Keep this in mind especially when the sun is strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or when your shadow is shorter than you are.

Protect your skin
There are many ways to do this, including covering up with clothing and hats and wearing sunscreen. Make sure sunscreen is an appropriate SPF, and that you can’t see sunlight through clothing. If you can, it can also get through to your skin.

Wear sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses is common, but wearing sunglasses that truly protect eyes is not. Many people wear fashion sunglasses or sunglasses that do not wrap around far enough. Find glasses that cover the whole eye area and that block both UVA and UVB rays. The best sunglasses will block 99-100 percent of the rays.