What is the SunSmart Schools program all about?

National SunSmart Schools Program Students are in school when daily ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are at their peak, meaning schools are uniquely placed to educate about sun protection behaviour, minimise UVR exposure and ultimately reduce a student’s lifetime risk of skin cancer.

How effective is the SunSmart program?

A proven track record in preventing cancer and saving lives – it is estimated to have prevented more than 43,000 skin cancers and 1,400 deaths from the disease in Victoria between 1988 and 2011.

What are the seven SunSmart program recommendations?

b. What are the seven Sun Smart program recommendations?

  • children wear loose fitting clothing that covers the shoulders, neck, chest and upper arms.
  • a SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen be applied to areas of children’s skin not protected by clothing at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.

How do you become a SunSmart?

For the best protection, use all five SunSmart steps:

  1. Slip on covering clothing. Choose clothing that covers as much skin as possible, for example, collared shirts with long sleeves.
  2. Slop on SPF 30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
  3. Slap on a hat.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. Slide on some sunglasses.

What UV index should children stay inside?

Childhood sun exposure contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of skin cancer, and babies’ skin can burn easily. Cancer Council recommends keeping babies away from direct sunlight as much as possible when UV levels are 3 or above.

What is the SunSmart slogan?

Slip, Slop, Slap!
You can stop skin cancer – say: “Slip, Slop, Slap!” The Slip, Slop, Slap slogan has become institutionalised as the core message of Cancer Council’s SunSmart program. The campaign is widely credited as playing a key role in the dramatic shift in sun protection attitudes and behaviour over the past two decades.

What does Slip Slop Slap prevent?

The campaign is widely credited as playing a key role in the dramatic shift in sun protection attitudes and behaviour over the past two decades. In 2007, the slogan was updated to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide to reflect the importance of seeking shade and sliding on wraparound sunglasses to prevent sun damage.

What are the 5 principles of sun safety?

just 5 simple sun safe measures: Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade… SPF, UVA protection, how much to apply, when to reapply…

What is a safe UV index?

The World Health Organization’s Global Solar UV Index measures UV levels on a scale from 0 (Low) to 11+ (Extreme). Sun protection is recommended when UV levels are 3 (Moderate) or higher.

What is the highest UV index ever?

A “perfect storm” of ozone-destroying chemicals sent cancer-causing UV-B radiation soaring at the top of a South American volcano in 2003, a new study reports. On Dec. 29, 2003, a world-record UV index of 43.3 was detected at Bolivia’s Licancabur volcano.

What do you need to know about SunSmart schools?

Learn more about the Cancer Society’s SunSmart Schools Programme. The Cancer Society of New Zealand runs the SunSmart Schools Programme. The programme provides information for students, teachers and parents on how to: reduce children’s exposure to UV radiation make your school a safe place for students and the whole school community.

When did the SunSmart schools and early childhood program start?

The SunSmart Schools and Early Childhood Membership Program started in the early 1990s to help raise awareness about skin cancer prevention and sun protection. We recommend all early childhood services and schools develop and implement a comprehensive, evidence-based sun protection policy to reduce UV exposure and associated risks.

How much is the SunSmart program in Victoria?

SunSmart is extremely cost effective with a $2.22 return for every dollar spent in the Victorian program. Victoria was one of the first states in Australia to legislate solariums in 2008 and ban commercial solariums entirely in 2015. To find out more, visit Cancer Council Victoria’s skin cancer prevention research and monitoring web page.

Where are the sunscreen stations in SunSmart schools?

A group of Rangitahi (year 8 students) are trained to mediate playground disputes and now act as SunSmart role models by distributing sunscreen to the students at lunch times. The sunscreen stations are located at two key points in the playground and are well used by all students.