Sun Safety - Healthier Jupiter Student Voice Reporter

July is right in the very middle of summer and is one of the hottest months of the year.  Luckily for us, we have lots of places to cool off, like the beach, inlet or pool. But, it is extremely important to protect yourself from the sun while enjoying these activities. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, a “sunburn usually appears within a few hours after too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from sunshine ... [and a] sunburn increases your risk of other skin damage and certain diseases.”  Plus, sunburns really hurt.

 One thing you can do to protect yourself from the sun is use sunscreen. I make sure to put on sunscreen whenever I go to the beach or out on the water. Experts say to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside,  And even on a cloudy day the sun will still cause damage. Don't think that just because you can't see the sun it can't harm you. 

Make sure to stay safe and have fun when you head over to DuBois Beach, Carlin Park, or go snorkeling under Catos Bridge. Enjoy a fun filled and relaxing Jupiter summer.

Sophia Nemes is a 6th grade communications major at BAK Middle School of The Arts. She was a winner of the 2018 Healthier Jupiter Student Video Contest in which she produced a film that highlighted pedestrian and bike safety guidelines for kids. Sophia has accepted the role of Healthier Jupiter Student Voice Reporter and will be providing a series of articles on various health-related topics from a student’s perspective. We are thrilled to have Sophia and her mother Anna as part of the Healthier Jupiter Volunteer Team. We welcome you to join the Volunteer Team as well.

About Healthier Jupiter

Healthier Jupiter is a community-driven initiative funded by Palm Health Foundation. Headquartered at Jupiter Medical Center, Healthier Jupiter works in partnership with the Medical Center to address healthy behaviors, social determinants of health, and quality of life issues across the lifespan.  Healthier Jupiter brings the community together by listening to the needs of all, building support, and providing resources to empower people to make healthier choices. Healthier Jupiter is part of Palm Health Foundation’s Healthier Together Initiative.  Healthier Together is a long-term, place based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.