Arizona Educators

 

Project SASS (Students are Sun Safe)

A sun safety program for middle and high school students.

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What is it? Project SASS is an interactive sun safety PowerPoint presentation with music, animations, and video clips followed by three educational, hands-on activities. It is designed to fit into a 55 minute class period.

Who teaches it? University of Arizona graduate and undergraduate students in the health professions are trained as peer educators to teach Project SASS to high school students.
 
Why is it important? Arizona has a high rate of skin cancer. Project SASS teaches students how to be sun safe and stay skin cancer free.
 
Please contact Denise Spartonos, Community Outreach Coordinator, at denises@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-1037 for more information on Project SASS.
 
You can also visit the SASS website at: SASSproject.org  

 

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SunWise™

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) environmental and health education program aims to teach children K-8th grade and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

Educators and school nurses can receive the free SunWise toolkit containing cross-curricular, age appropriate classroom materials to teach the science behind ultraviolet (UV) radiation and its health effects by registering here.

SunWise™ program is “teacher friendly”, easy to use, FREE and includes information about policy, promoting sun-safe behaviors, letters for parents, etc. to involve the entire school community in skin cancer prevention.

The Skin Cancer Institute is an official partner with the EPA Sunwise program

ARS 15-718 Skin Cancer Prevention Instruction in Arizona
Arizona is the first state to mandate the provision of instruction on preventing skin cancer in public schools. Arizona Education Policy ARS 15-718 requires that children in public schools, grades K-8, receive skin cancer prevention classroom activities offered by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SunWise™ program.

“Every single child in the state of Arizona is going to be exposed to the most deadly rays of the sun during the hours while they are in the responsibility of the school unless they know how to protect themselves,” said Sen. Barbara Leff, author of the bill that became ARS 15-718.

Empower Pack is a new opportunity offered to child care providers by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The program empowers children to make good choices about nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco using age-appropriate vehicles including costumed characters and a coloring book. In addition to reduced licensing fees, participating child care providers, or Empower Centers, receive an Empower Pack. The guidelines and tools included in this Empower Pack can be easily incorporated into the everyday routine of child care to instill healthy life choices. For more information, visit Arizona Department of Health Services.

Other Resources  

Arizona Department of Health Services provides information and presentations on the SunWise™ School Program through its AZDHS SunWise Coordinator, Sharon McKenna (602) 364-3143; www.azdhs.gov/phs/sunwise

Help your school implement sun protection through the SunSafe School Guide from the Arizona Cancer Center.

For training contact Denise Spartonos, (520) 626-1037 or dspartonos@azcc.arizona.edu

Teaching Resources
Sun Protection and Skin Cancer Resources - School Nurse Organization AZ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Association of State Boards of Education

The Skin Cancer Institute is able to provide a very limited number of presentations on skin cancer prevention and sun safety to interested groups throughout the year. Please email Denise Spartonos at dspartonos@azcc.arizona.edu with the name of your group, number of people expected and dates you have in mind.

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