Friday, August 5, 2016

Pool Cool recognized by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pool Cool, a sun safety program developed by Midwest Cancer Alliance and Kansas Cancer Partnership, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a successful cancer control program.

Through the program, eight sun safety lessons are added to existing swim lessons at community pools. With the sun in the sky overhead, swim instructors are trained to hand out sunscreen, sunglasses and UV wristbands as they discuss sun safety. Lessons are about 5 minutes long and lead into regular swimming instruction. By training the pool staff to teach sun safety, the Pool Cool program reaches children through the people they already know and trust. This train-the-trainer model also helps the staff recall and retain what they've learned better by teaching it to others.

Studies show that participants have significantly better sun protection habits than their peers. Children who complete the program seek shade more often and use sunscreen regularly. Parents are also more likely to practice sun safety after their kids' participation in the program. Officials in Kansas have embraced the program as a way to help the state’s residents protect themselves from skin cancer. In its first year, 21 pools in the Kansas City area participated. By 2016, more than 50 pools across the state had joined. The ultimate goal is to make sun safety cool at each and every pool in Kansas.

For more information, call 913-945-7532.

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