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How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family

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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:40 am, Fri Aug 1, 2014.

(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories – whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing so, they can become a sun-savvy role model for the whole family.

Parents know that outdoor time is important for an active and healthy lifestyle, but it also allows us to send a great sun-smart message to our kids. From field days at school to sunny summer days at the beach to outdoor activities during camp, opportunities for kids to engage in outside play are infinite. But it’s important that parents help to ensure that their children have protection options they need when enjoying those sunlit moments.

Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the chance of developing skin cancer later in life, according to skincancer.org. Knowing the facts reminds parents of the importance of sun protection. Become a sun-savvy super hero, because making sun protection a priority begins with you. Create a routine of applying sunscreen together as a family and don’t forget other types of protection like umbrellas, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing before sending them out for the day. According to results of an Australian survey, parents who used sunscreen and additional forms of sun protection while outdoors with their children increased the odds of their children practicing these behaviors.

With this in mind, the Coppertone Making the Sunscreen Grade program helps parents make sun sense a priority at the beach, at summer camp and even during the school day.

To help you set an example, here are fun ideas for summer activities with the family:

Play a game of neighborhood kickball

Kickball is an age-old game that never gets old. Enlist the neighborhood kids and their parents to come play this family-fun game, but before kickoff, try to model sun-savvy behaviors by sporting baseball caps, sunglasses and applying sunscreen together. Coppertone Sport AccuSpray is a good option that offers parents a continuous spray they can control when applying sunscreen to themselves and their children. The formula stays on strong when you sweat and won’t run into eyes and sting. 

Go for a family bike ride

Bike rides are great fun for the whole family, but it’s difficult to stay in the shade while on the move. Remember UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Make sure to teach your family that sun protection is as important as wearing a bike helmet. To help ensure everyone’s protected, wear sun-protective clothing and use your break time from the bike path as an opportunity to seek shade and reapply sunscreen.

Plant vegetables in the backyard

Want your kids to eat their veggies? It’s more fun for them if they’ve grown them in their own backyard. Gardening is a great way to teach children lifelong skills, including sun-smart habits. Make sure everyone grabs wide-brimmed hats and applies sunscreen before going out. To help you become that role model, try using new Coppertone CLEARLYSheer For Sunny Days, which is extremely lightweight and suitable for everyday occasions like this.

For more information, visit Coppertone.com.

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