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Sun safety and you

Cue the music….it’s sunny! Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we get a little giddy when we experience quality sunshine. Hula-hooping hipsters, frisbee tossing dudes,  and  bikini-clad sunbathers emerge from organic & free trade coffee shops and flock to be outside. Who can blame them? Not only does the sun provide wonderful vitamin D, but it’s scientifically proven to boost our mood!

As summer approaches, enjoying the sweet sunshine is on the schedule – but what about sun safety?

The American Cancer Society recommends the “Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap” approach to being sun safety savvy!

  • Slip on a shirt (dry shirt offers more protection from UV rays than a wet one)
  • Slop on some waterproof sunscreen (use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15)
  • Slap on a hat (shade your face, ears, back of neck)
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes/skin around your eyes

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from sun exposure can cause serious damage including cataracts and skin cancer. This summer be smart about your health while enjoying the sun.

Sun fun fact: it takes about 8 minutes for light from the sun to reach earth.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention & American Cancer Society


caption-arrow  Feature photo by Mario Luckow

1 Comment so far

  1. Liang

    Cute article! And useful tips, just in time for the beautiful sunshine~

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