KCLC en­joys its mo­ment in the sun

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Michael Mat­tingly

AS THE SunS­mart sea­son ar­rives, Kyabram Com­mu­nity and Learn­ing Cen­tre is be­ing recog­nised by the Can­cer Coun­cil for its 18 years of mem­ber­ship of the SunS­mart Early Child­hood Pro­gram.

The pro­gram en­cour­ages early child­hood ser­vices to take SunS­mart steps to re­duce the harm of ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) ra­di­a­tion.

Kyabram Com­mu­nity and Learn­ing Child Care Co-or­di­na­tor Emily Edgar said the ser­vice had first joined the pro­gram in 2000.

“Early child­hood is such a cru­cial time in de­ter­min­ing life­time skin can­cer risk, and chil­dren at­tend our ser­vice dur­ing peak UV times and are of­ten en­gaged in ac­tive, out­door play,” Ms Edgar said.

“We are proud of the role our ser­vice is play­ing in cre­at­ing the next SunS­mart gen­er­a­tion.”

SunS­mart Schools and Early Child­hood Co-or­di­na­tor Jus­tine Os­borne con­grat­u­lated the Kyabram ser­vice for its com­mit­ment to the SunS­mart mes­sage.

“Skin can­cer is Vic­to­ria’s most com­mon can­cer and yet most cases can be pre­vented with good sun pro­tec­tion prac­tices,” Ms Os­borne said.

“For early child­hood ser­vices, this is as sim­ple as en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to wear clothes with longer sleeves and col­lars, and teach­ing them about slop­ping on sun­screen and slap­ping on broad-brimmed hats.

‘‘It’s also im­por­tant to of­fer shaded play ar­eas and for staff to role model SunS­mart be­hav­iour.”

Aus­tralian me­lanoma rates show the in­ci­dence of the dis­ease has dropped for peo­ple aged un­der 40, con­sis­tent with the pos­i­tive im­pact of skin can­cer pre­ven­tion pro­grams like SunS­mart, and the long-term com­mit­ment by ser­vices like Kyabram Com­mu­nity & Learn­ing Cen­tre.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy in­cludes the max­i­mum UV level and sun pro­tec­tion times for sev­eral hun­dred lo­ca­tions across Aus­tralia, avail­able from bom.gov.au/uv or on the free SunS­mart app.

Live UV data is also avail­able on the app.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.