Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sun Safety Program Recognized by CDC

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

Pool Cool trains swim instructors at local pools to discuss sun safety during children’s swim lessons. Pool Cool also provides sunscreen, sunglasses and UV wristbands that the instructors pass out during the lessons. Because the program reaches children through their swim instructors -- people they already know and trust -- children are more likely to listen and apply what they learn.

In fact, 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 more regularly. Parents are also more likely to practice sun safety after their children participate in the program.

Officials in Kansas have embraced the program as a way to help the state’s residents protect themselves from skin cancer. 21 pools in the Kansas City area participated when the program began in 2014. By 2016, more than 50 pools across the state had joined.

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