318Thursday, March 15, 2007

7:30 AM-8:30 AMConvention Center:338
Sun Safety for Young Children: Helping Caregivers, Parents, and Young Children Be Sun Safe for Life
On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults and are at increased risk of skin cancer and melanoma. Childcare and preschool settings provide an opportunity to protect children, teach lifelong habits, and inform parents. Sun safety actions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers include avoiding peak hours, seeking shade, wearing hats and cover-up clothing, wearing sunglasses, and using sunscreen. Participants will explore ways to meet sun safe criteria, actively engage in activities appropriate for young children, and review resources. Examples of materials to be provided include children's learning activities, parent materials, staff training models, and policy and procedures.
Keyword(s): disease prevention/wellness, early childhood, play
Presider: Jill W. Varnes, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Speakers: Charlotte Hendricks, Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc, Pelham, AL; and Beverly J. Berkin, Sun Safety Alliance, Bedford Corners, NY

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