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ERIC Number: ED508208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
SunWise: A Program that Radiates Good Ideas. Policy Information
US Environmental Protection Agency
The school day makes up a major part of a child's everyday life. The time children spend outside of the classroom, including recess, lunch, physical education classes, field trips, and after-school activities, can result in a significant amount of sun exposure, especially if it occurs during the hours of peak sun intensity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children need to be physically active, but must learn to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Given that sun damage is cumulative, schools need to recognize that everyday exposure counts. Overexposure to the sun can cause serious health problems such as skin cancer, cataracts, and immune system suppression. Schools can play a major role in preventing these adverse health effects by: (1) Instilling SunWise behaviors in students and staff through education; and (2) Providing a school environment that is SunWise, including both physical and policy enhancements. Becoming a SunWise School may require changes to the school's physical environment and policies and practices. This paper describes several steps schools can take to become a SunWise School.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Environmental Protection Agency