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Posts Tagged ‘beach sun protection’

Australia Makes Sun Protection Fun, and Also Kid-Friendly!

Posted by E.G.D. on July 23, 2013

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!

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide!

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide!

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):

  1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  2. 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.
  3. Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. 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?

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide!

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


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Wine (& Grapes) for Sun Protection

Posted by Jody on May 6, 2013

Some of us take sun protection more seriously than others.  I’m one of those people.  Not that I used to be.  Growing up in the Midwest, we reveled in our first sunburn.  A little Noxzema or Solarcaine on our tortured backs and we were on our way back to summer fun at the beach!  (At that point we might have covered up, in the water, with one of Dad’s white t-shirts. But only until that first burn healed.)  The words “sun protection” weren’t even in our vocabulary.  I remember the days when teenagers stretched out in the blazing sun, basting themselves with a concoction of Mercurochrome mixed with baby oil, for that *oh so attractive* orange summer glow. Yikes!! What we didn’t know then! (Seriously, we thought we knew it all!)

Well, now in an article from The Telegraph, a UK publication, we’re told: “Drinking wine could help to stop sunburn”.

According to Spanish scientists and published in the  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, The Telegraph reports that:

Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature aging, sun burn and skin cancer. Spanish scientists found evidence suggesting that substances in grapes protect cells from the damage.

Drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from sunburn, according to a  new study that found a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage.

Rockaway Beach, New York (©Jody Diehl)

Maybe we modern beachcombers needed one more push to follow the healthy Mediterranean diet that we keep hearing about. Perhaps we just want our beach going skin to stay young and healthy looking.  Well, now besides being the beachcombers wearing our super sunblock, long sleeve cover-ups, floppy hats and sunglasses, we’ll also be the ones with the Ariel Cabernet Sauvignonin our picnic basket!

Enjoy the article, and please pass the grapes!

Link: The Telegraph, “Chemicals in wine could be used to protect skin from the sun”


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Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! with Don’t Fry Day

Posted by Jody on May 21, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season all across the United States. We Americans cheerfully mark the occasion with  family cookouts, super sidewalk sales, and the annual running of the Indianapolis 500. It’s the holiday when we begin heading for the beaches in droves looking like pack mules loaded down with coolers, kayaks, kids and kites!

Summer has Arrived! Rockaway Beach, New York City

The Friday before Memorial Day (this year it’s May 25th) is designated as “Don’t Fry Day” by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. In an all-out effort to encourage sun safety along with skin cancer awareness and prevention, their website has many, many varied and valuable resources for you and your loved ones. You’ll find everything from sun smart vacation packing tips to info on protecting your eyes from UV rays. Here you can print educational coloring pages for the tots and suggested activities for parents and educators of school-aged children. You can even download and print out posters and stickers with the slogan “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!” as in: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a sun hat, and wrap on sunglasses.

Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! at the Amusement Park

The Slip!Slop!Slap! catchphrase was originally introduced by SunSmart in Victoria, Australia some 30 years ago. In the land down under it has since morphed into the catchy little ditty: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide. (In this case, the “seek” means seek shade and the “slide” is for sliding on sunglasses.) Be sure to check out Sid the Seagull singing his rendition of the updated slogan, but please, don’t blame me if this memorable tune gets stuck in your head! I do believe that is the point!

The US EPA has an informative SunWise web page featuring educational resources and Don’t Fry Day activities for kids including crossword puzzles and the story of Joe-Larry, a magical exploring cat, who travels to a big lake, a farm, the desert, and South Africa, all the while making friends and learning about sun protection.

Even in the pool!

The idea of Don’t Fry Day was initiated by the Sun Safety for Kids organization in 2008. Their website also has lots of information and ideas for promoting sun safety. They offer numerous creative ways to introduce sun safety into the primary and secondary school curriculum.

Here are a few more great links for sun protection education, and skin cancer awareness information: SunSmart New Zeland, Melanoma Center, The American Cancer Society

Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Or, if you prefer, Slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide! Either way, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and a wonderful summer!

Comments? Suggestions? Tips? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment block below. Thanks!

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