July 3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day

Posted on July 3, 2018

When I was a kid, nothing was more healthy than being outdoors as much as possible, on nice sunny days.

Or so they said!

And it was super healthy to camp out and sit around a campfire...

...and to drink water straight from babbling mountain streams...

All of that stuff was seen as nature, and natural - and therefore healthy.

But just because something is natural, that doesn't mean it's healthy. Mosquitoes carrying malaria are natural, and definitely not healthy. Even if water in streams looks pure, it can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or other pollutants and should be filtered or boiled or treated. Campfire smoke (or any wood smoke from cooking) can cause lung damage and cancer.

And that brings us to the sun. You probably do NOT live under a rock, and so you probably know that skin cancer is a very real threat, especially to light-skinned people but even to dark-skinned people. About 9,500 people in the U.S. alone are diagnosed with skin cancer....EVERY DAY! Luckily, most of these are not deadly melanomas, but about 9,000 people in the U.S. die from skin cancer each year. So...yeah, it's important to:

(1) Stay out of the sun.

(2) UV radiation gets to us even on cloudy days, so use protection even then!

(3) Use sun lotion, hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, and other cover ups to reduce exposure.

(4) Use trees, parasols, tents, canopies, tarps, patio roofs, and beach or patio umbrellas to reduce exposure.

Stay Out of the Sun Day is not just about fear and what NOT to do - it can be so nice and relaxing and cool to have out-of-doors time in the shade:

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