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SunWise Action Steps

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Slip on a shirt!

Turtles have a built-in shirt. We have to wear a shirt that covers our shoulders. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants if it is not too hot.

Slop on sunscreen!

Pigs use mud as sunscreen. We put on sunscreen before we go outside, and put more on every two hours. If swimming or sweating, we need more. Look for a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB. Do not forget to wear it on cloudy days too.

Slap on a hat!

The bumps over a camel’s eyes act like a hat. We need to wear a hat to protect our face, neck, ears, and the top of our head from too much sun. The wider the brim, the better.

Wrap on sunglasses!

The black rings around a meerkat’s eyes are sunglasses. We need sunglasses to protect our eyes from the sun’s rays. Look for a pair that blocks 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

Seek shade!

Remember the shadow rule like lions do. When your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade! The sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.