Health & Environment

Celebrate ‘Don’t Fry Day’ Over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t Fry Day has been observed in the United States for several years and is dedicated to raising awareness about protecting skin from the sun so that it can’t cause cancer and other damage.

The day is held on the Friday before Memorial Day, and should be remembered as the outdoor / beach season kicks off this weekend.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. There are more than 1 million reported cases every year and it is on the rise. Here is a simple way to remember what you need to do to help prevent skin cancer:

  • SLIP (on a shirt. Wear protective clothing)
  • SLOP (on 1 ounce of broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30)
  • SLAP (on a hat)
  • WRAP (on sunglasses)

Some other tips for staying safe in the sun:

  • Be sure to get your Vitamin D safely though vitamin supplements and food.
  • Use extra care near water and sand.
  • Stay in the shade especially between 10 and 4.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.

For more information go to: www.epa.gov/sunsafety/dontfryday. Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.

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