Yesterday, Mom (A.K.A Jody) sent me some really remarkably fun info for today’s “Tuesday Tally.” Apparently, Australia has a slogan and a media campaign to encourage people to protect themselves from sun damage, and I would venture to say that they’ve made the whole information distributing process a heck of a lot of fun!
Let’s start with the slogan: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide.
That, my friends, is some incredibly fun alliteration, and it trips nicely off the tongue. Seriously, try saying that ten times fast! And how about getting your kids to say it ten times fast? This slogan can easily be turned into a game, and it will help everyone remember the following 5 tidbits of vital sun protection advice (from the Sunsmart website):
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen – make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours.
- Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
Advice can’t get any sounder than that! Also, there is an adorable animated ad you can check on the website. It features a catchy jingle and a sun-smart duck. What’s not to love?
Apparently, the American Cancer Society has also jumped on the bandwagon, but they opted to break the alliteration series with a non-alliterative rhyme: “Slip! Slop! Slap! And Wrap,” they write on their website. I must say, that is A) not nearly as cool as the original and B) way too heavy on the exclamation points. Why on earth would they put full-stop punctuation after everything but the last two words? Give me the Australian tongue twister and commas any day!
So, next time you plan a day of fun in the sun, why not play it safe and start with Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide? Sun safety seems seriously smart to me! -E.G.D.
~Originally published on July 12, 2012