The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day” (this year it’s May 25), a national sun safety day to remind Americans to protect their skin this summer. Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the U.S. despite being largely preventable, with one American dying from the disease every hour. EPA’s SunWise program, www.epa.gov/sunwise, offers simple actions to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors safely, plus a full range of educational materials for formal and informal educators to use in a variety of settings.
The EPA, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Park Service, and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention invite all partners to assist in highlighting sun safety. By limiting the sun, not the fun, this Memorial Day weekend and all year long, Americans can live longer, healthier lives.
Sun safety behavior is especially critical now since we will live under a compromised ozone layer until about 2065. EPA developed the SunWise program to encourage Americans, especially kids and their caregivers, to practice sun safety habits. Enjoy the outdoors but follow tips like these: Slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen (a palm-full of broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours); slap on a wide-brimmed hat; wrap on sunglasses; seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and check the UV Index, now available as a free smartphone app.
Visit EPA’s SunWise website and others listed below for educational resources to help your students/audience learn the importance of sun safety. Thank you for helping us educate Americans about how to enjoy the great outdoors safely!