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Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are part of our atmosphere and can damage the DNA of our skin. Two types of UV rays are UVA and UVB. These rays can create a tanned look, as well as cause sunburn or skin redness, eye damage, premature wrinkling, premature aging, and skin cancer. Skin damage from UV rays is cumulative over your lifetime. Unless you take steps to protect yourself, it will only get worse and cannot be reversed. Research shows that up to 80% of visible skin changes attributed to aging are caused by the sun.

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OSU Extension offers DermaScan skin viewings to raise awareness of the skin damage caused by the sun. These scans are accompanied with easy-to-follow recommendations for protecting your skin from UV rays. Our Educators also offer interactive lessons and educational resources on protecting your skin, targeted at both adult and youth audiences.

While it’s nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine, be sure to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Our state-wide Sun Safety team has created a tri-fold brochure that outlines 8 tips to protect your skin and eyes from the sun. Click here to see the brochure.

OhioLine Resources

County Educators Teaching Sun Safety

 
County Educator Email
Belmont Lorrissa Dunfee dunfee.54@osu.edu
Butler Heather Reister reister.6@osu.edu
Carroll Corinna Gromley gromley.8@osu.edu
Clark  Kathy Tutt tutt.19@osu.edu
Clermont Margaret Jenkins jenkins.188.osu.edu
Franklin/OSU Campus Dee Jepsen jepsen.4@osu.edu
Greene Brenda Sandman-Stover sandman-stover.1@osu.edu
Hancock Jennifer Little little.18@osu.edu
Holmes Kate Shumaker shumaker.68@osu.edu
Licking Shari Gallup gallup.1@osu.edu
Lucas Patrice Powers-Barker powers-barker.1@osu.edu
Morrow Candace Heer heer.4@osu.edu
Ottawa Katie Schlagheck schlagheck.11@osu.edu
Ross Lisa Barlage barlage.7@osu.edu
Sandusky Katie Schlagheck schlagheck.11@osu.edu
Scioto Treva Williams williams.973@osu.edu
Washington Amanda Bohlen bohlen.19@osu.edu
Warren Laura Stanton stanton.60@osu.edu
Wayne Melinda Hill hill.14@osu.edu
Wood Susan Zies zies.1@osu.edu

*DermaScans are not intended to serve as a diagnosis for skin cancer. Instead, they are designed to help raise awareness of the importance of skin safety.