Wellness Tip of the Week: Practice sun safety

Event Type(s): Health

The longer days and warmer weather encourage us to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Spending time in the sun is associated with many health benefits, but UV rays from excessive exposure can cause premature aging, cataracts, and skin cancer. So, make sure you enjoy the sun safely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 whenever you plan to spend time outdoors. Avoid being in the sun in the middle of the day and, if that's not possible, wear a hat, sunglasses, and other protective clothing.

For more tips on enjoying sunshine here at UMD and how to do so safely, visit http://umwellness.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/hello-sunshine-why-you-should-soak-it-up-how-to-do-it-safely/.

For more information, contact:
Kate Maloney
Wellness @ Maryland
301.226.2730

www.wellness.umd.edu




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