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Sun’s Up, Cover Up
Sun Safety in Florida's State Parks
Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, provides a lot of great opportunities for people to be active outdoors; especially at the state’s parks. However, Floridians and visitors should always try to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are a few simple ways:
• Seek shade, especially during 10 am – 4 pm when the sun is the strongest
• Wear sunglasses, hat, long sleeves and sunscreen
• Sunscreen should be broad spectrum with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Don’t forget to reapply after every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
To help raise awareness the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is collaborating with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on implementing a sun safe awareness project with 10 of Florida’s state parks. The project will help inform park visitors on how to protect themselves while outdoors and educate them on simple sun safe measures. These efforts will start May 2015. The participating state parks are: St. Andrews, Dr. Julian G. Bruce, St. George Island, Fort Clinch, Little Talbot Island, Honeymoon Island, Bahia Hondak, Bill Baggs Cape Florida, Sebastian Inlet, Anastasia, and Delnor-Wiggins.
Florida’s state parks and trails inspire residents and visitors to get outside. Our beautiful state’s recreation opportunities and scenic beauty help strengthen families, educate children, expand local economies and foster community pride. With 161 parks, 10 state trails, nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, we invite you to visit soon and often. Come enjoy Florida’s natural treasures.
Sun Safety Questions
Sun Safety Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – to find out more information about basic skin cancer, indoor tanning or statistics, please visit - www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/ or www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm.
National Cancer Institute – provides very detailed cancer information for healthcare professionals and the public. The site also includes up to date information on clinical trials, please visit: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/skin.
American Academy of Dermatology – provides information, news articles and resources for both dermatologists and the public, please visit - www.aad.org
American Cancer Society – provides information on various types of cancer, support, treatment and research. The site contains stories of hope and a link to cancer facts and figures publications, please visit www.cancer.org.
UV Environmental Protection Agency – To learn more about Ultraviolet Index, please visit www2.epa.gov/sunwise/uv-index.
MedlinePlus - National Institutes of Health - Produced by the National Library of Medicine, provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues, please visit