Fun in the Sun

Your summer plans may include hitting the beach, or just spending more time outdoors. Make sure you plan to avoid sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer.

· Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage.

· Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a tight weave are best.

· Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.

· Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

· Rub on sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. Swim Safe Swimming is a fun way to stay cool and be active. Before diving in, make sure you know these tips for staying healthy and safe while swimming.

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