I’m trying to recall the last time I had a legitimate tan that covered more than 50 percent of my body. Nothing in recent memory comes to mind. Honestly, the last time was probably back in high school when my friends and I spent every summer day at the beach on the Big Island. Nowadays, I tend to sport a “farmers tan” after a nice day out on the golf course with my buddies.
Thinking back to those high school days, I was pretty reckless when it came to sun protection. In fact, I don’t recall using much sunscreen at all when I went to the beach. I would get so dark and burnt after the first couple of weeks that my body appeared immune to burning. Knowing what I know today about skin cancer and the dangers of getting too much sun, I was fortunate to escape without serious harm.
Kelly and I won’t be making those same mistakes today, especially with our kids. Ensen’s AYSO soccer season is in full swing, we find ourselves at the park three times a week. Luckily, practice is at 5 p.m. on weekdays without much sun, however, the games on Saturday take place between 8 to 11 a.m. and it can get pretty hot and sunny.
We may be THOSE over protective parents when it comes to sun exposure and our kids, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.”
One can never be too cautious when it comes to the health and safety of our children, right?
I am happy to report that our family already practices what the CDC preaches. You can find the following information on their website:
The next time you head out for some fun in the sun, remember these simple tips to protect yourself and your family.
Nathan Kam is a Honolulu public-relations executive, husband and a proud daddy of two incredible kids, Ensen (5) and Avery (2). He enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, blogging and golfing. You can reach him via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or via his personal Kam Family Blog.