From the Yates
Magnet School May 2008 Newsletter
We all need some
sun exposure; it's our primary source of vitamin D, which helps
us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it
doesn't take much time for most people to get the vitamin D they
need. Unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays
can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression and
With the right
precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin
Limit Time in
the Midday Sun
The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
Staying under cover is a good way to protect yourself from
the sun. Remember the shadow rule: Watch Your
Shadow. No Shadow, Seek Shade!
Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection
Factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher and use a lot wherever
your skin is showing. Reapply every two hours when working
or playing outdoors. Even waterproof sunscreen can come
off when you towel off, sweat, or spend extended periods of time
in the water.
Wear a Hat
A hat with a wide brim offers god sun protection to your
eyes, ears, face, and the back of your neck - areas particularly
prone to overexposure to the sun.
Wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting, and full length
clothing is a good way to protect your skin from the sun's UV
that Block 99 - 10% of UV Radiation
Sunglasses that provide 99 - 100% UVA and UVB protection
will greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and
other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses.
and Tanning Parlors
The light source from sunbeds and sunlamps damages the skin
and unprotected eyes. It's a good idea to avoid artificial
sources of UV light.
Watch for the
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan
your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the
sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and
EPA, the UV Index is issued daily in selected cities across the