Creating Messages about Sun Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise program is teaming up with the SHADE Foundation of America with  their annual Poster Contest.  K-8th grade students are invited to submit original, creative posters illustrating ways to prevent skin cancer and raise sun safety awareness.

At least five awareness and prevention tips must be shown on the poster and may include:

·       Using adequate sunscreen,
·       Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses,
·       Seeking shade when UV rays are most intense – between 10 am and 4 pm,
·       Covering up with full-length clothing, and
·       Checking the UV index

Entries must be received by April 1, 2014.  This is a National contest, so entrants will be competing against students from around the country.  Prizes will be awarded for national winners. For full contest rules and to see past winners’ posters visit either the EPA SunWise or the SHADE Foundation website.

OHSU is an official partner with the EPA SunWise Program and promotes outreach among Oregon teachers and sun safety education in the classroom. Dr. Amanda McCullough is the lead contact at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and is actively involved in the SunWise Program with engagement within Oregon schools on the topic of sun protection.

Resources:
EPA’s Sun Safety Certification Program for Outdoor Recreation Staff
CROETweb Subtopic: Sun Exposure

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Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center's research, engagement and education programs. She is a certified industrial hygienist.

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