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Michigan: Comprehensive School Health includes Sun Safety!

Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education is a K-12 model health curriculum. Recently, new sun safety activities were developed for use at middle school and high school. Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health are also involved in revising the Michigan Model lessons grade K-6 which will also include sun safety activities. To read specific success stories from Michigan, visit

SunSafe in Long Beach, CA

The Long Beach Sun Protection Project (also known as the SunSafe program) is a city-wide awareness project to educate residents of the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer.

The SunSafe program has developed sun protection tools for community organizations including, schools and recreation centers as well as sponsoring city-wide skin cancer screenings, and teacher, parent and health professional sun safety education. Classroom curriculum and a social marketing campaign were also developed.

The program hopes to reach many of the 475,000 residents of Long Beach including almost 100,000 children.

Houston, TX: The First SunWise City

The City of Houston is the nation’s first city to implement a city-wide sun safety program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with Houston officials plan to launch a city-wide educational program. The program will include school and after-school, summer camps, children’s science centers and community-based sun safety education.

This initiative will work with the “Get Moving Houston” program, which encourages citizens to be active outdoors. The SunWise Program will encourage residents to practice proper sun safety techniques while participating in outdoor activities. Sun safety is also promoted during city-sponsored events.

In addition to these aspects of the program, sun safety policy will also be implemented for outdoor workers.

Evansville Cancer Center, IN

Robin Lawrence-Broesch, Marketing Director for the Evansville, IN Cancer Center, was recently awarded the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology and the Shining Star Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Lawrence-Broesch has performed over 250 presentations in grade schools, middle schools, high schools, universities and the community over the past two years. She also attends area health fairs and has arranged free full body skin cancer screenings. She does this with a partnership of board certified dermatologists as part of Skin Cancer Protection and Detection Month, a program supported by The American Academy of Dermatology.

Halifax Regional Municipality: Outdoor Recreational Sun Safety Program: Canada

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in Nova Scotia, Canada, has implemented a sun safety program for their summer recreation programs. Along with Capital Health and the Cancer Society Committee’s Prevention and Screening Working Group, HRM plans to launch the Sun Safety initiative for summer recreation program staff and participants in order to reduce the risk of skin cancer. The program will include a tool kit of educational material that is meant to be fun and informative.

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