Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

Did you know...

...Unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to burns, premature ageing of the skin and other complications

...You can sun burn even on a cloudy day

...On average, children get 3 times more sun exposure than adults

...37 people are diagnosed with melanoma each day in the UK

...About 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun

...Avoiding sun burn when young can reduce the chances of developing melanoma by as much as 78%

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership continues to be an accredited supporter of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, a fantastic nationwide sun awareness and protection initiative devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund.

The scheme has been designed to tackle melanoma, one of the UK’s most common cancers in young people, by helping to develop and support sun protection practices for all those who work outdoors with children. Just a few serious sunburns can increase everyone’s risk of melanoma by 80%.  With 86% of melanomas attributed to excessive sun exposure, and levels of melanoma rising in the UK, sun protection habits need to change.

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership has a sun protection pledge, which will be promoted and endorsed by our team at all our outdoor events, as well as through our direct support of PE and Sport in Schools.

You can help too! Not only students at your school, but children and young people in your family and within your local community.

...encourage young people to wear appropriate sunscreen (SPF30+), clothing, hats and sunglasses when taking part in any outdoor activities – even on cloudy days!

...promote the importance of hydration, encourage young people to carry water with them (and drink it!), particularly on warm/hot days                         

...encourage young people to seek shade whenever possible when they are taking part in outdoor activities

...lead by example, make the above actions part of your everyday routine, and help to spread the word on the importance of sun protection

By raising awareness of the risks of prolonged sun exposure and educating young people on the importance of sun safety, we aim to further promote lifelong participation in health promoting activity.

Please help us blow the whistle on sun burn, and reduce the risk of someone you know developing melanoma.

Resources

OKSSC NOSSP Pledge.pdf 29/04/2016 204.9 KB

Contact

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson
School Games Organiser

Telephone: 01295 264216
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Email: ej.nossp@bgn.oxon.sch.uk

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