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SunSense New Brunswick
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Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, despite being highly preventable.
The SunSense program supports schools in creating a sun safe environment and developing a SunSense policy to protect staff and students through education and awareness of sun safe practices. By using a multi-component approach that engages parents, staff and students, schools can influence sun safety behaviours and create a sun safe culture within the school community.
Learning about sun safety and how to enjoy the outdoors in a healthy and safe way is an essential part of every child's education.
Why should SunSense be practiced in schools?
The Canadian Cancer Society’s School SunSense program is designed to educate younger people about the dangers of the ultraviolet radiation (UV rays), and to encourage them to follow the Canadian Cancer Society’s recommended guidelines.
Research indicates that childhood exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is an important contributing factor to the development of skin cancer later in life. But staying inside is not the answer. As Canadian children are spending more time indoors in front of screens, it is imperative that they enjoy the health and wellness benefits of being in the outdoors.
Given students are at school during the highest UVR risk period of the day - between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM - schools can play a major role in both minimizing students' exposure and positively influencing behaviour by establishing routines that foster healthy, safe enjoyment of the outdoors.