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SunWise Skin Cancer Prevention School Program

About Us

What…

The Arizona SunWise Program provides free sun safety curriculum and school assemblies to teach children and educators how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun and prevent skin cancer. The program is a K-8 state mandatePDF for all Arizona k-8 public and charter schools through the Arizona Department of Health Services. Students learn the negative effects of sunbathing, how to prevent sunburns and then demonstrate their ability to practice these sun safe behaviors.

Why…

Sun safety is especially important in Arizona which ranks No. 2 in the world in skin cancer incidence rates and has more than 300 sunny days annually. Since much of a person's lifetime exposure to the sun occurs before age 18, it's crucial to teach good sun safety habits in childhood. Sun safety at school is important because students are exposed daily to peak UV at lunchtime and during outdoor activities.

How…

The SunWise Program is FREE to Arizona schools and groups that work with children. SunWise encourages schools to provide a sun-safe infrastructure, including play areas protected from intense sun and to write policies (e.g., protecting skin with clothing, hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses) that promote skin cancer prevention in a school setting. Arizona adapted the EPA SunWise curriculum and created Arizona-specific activity sheets, a physical education module and offers free school assemblies, teacher workshops, an annual poster-drawing contest and online evaluation. ADHS can assist any organization wishing to become SunWise.