POOL COOL PROGRAM TEACHES SUN SAFETY

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

 

Sun Screen - 3The Panhandle Public Health District and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing are teaming up again this year for the sun-safety Pool Cool summer program at public swimming pools across the Panhandle.

Janelle Hansen, Panhandle Public Health District Health Educator, says the goal is to encourage sun safety among children, their families, and pool staff…reducing the long-term chances of developing skin cancer.  “Pool Cool has been shown to improve children’s sun safety habits and sunscreen use, while also improving sun protection policies at swimming pools,” she says.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with more than a million new cases diagnosed each year, but 90% of all skin cancers can be prevented by protection from the sun’s rays or ultraviolet radiation.  Hansen says 80% of total lifetime sun exposure is received during childhood and kids receive three times as much ultraviolet radiation as adults do in a year.

 

That’s why Pool Cool provides sunscreen to area pools, sun protection lessons, sun safety signs and posters, and poolside activities. Hansen says students from the College of Nursing meet with area pool staff and provide education and resources to encourage area children and families to practice good sun safety.

The nursing students also reinforce the importance of using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, minimizing exposure and seeking shade whenever possible as key to avoiding sunburns and decreasing overall skin cancer risk.

 

 

For additional information visit www.pphd.org, call PPHD at 308-487-3600 or toll free at 866-701-7173.  Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community.