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Make a Pledge to Play More This Summer

Written on May 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm , by

Don't forget to SPF before heading outside this weekend! (Photo courtesy of Banana Boat)

It’s only Monday, but if you’re like us, you are already thinking about Memorial Day. To kick off the long weekend, Banana Boat spokesperson and natural living expert Sara Snow want you to make a pledge to get outside more. In a recent visit with Snow to the FITNESS offices, we were shocked to hear that kids spend an average of seven hours watching TV or on the computer and only seven minutes playing outside. To help get kids unplug, Snow and Banana Boat are launching a 101 Days of Summer Pledge. Here’s the scoop:

  • Visit the Banana Boat Facebook page and click on the 101 Days of Summer Pledge. For every pledge made, Banana Boat will donate one bottle of its latest Natural Reflect Lotion to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp organization for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
  • Each week, starting from Memorial Day through Labor Day you can visit the 101 Days of Summer Pledge tab for a week of activities you and your kids can do outside. All of the ideas are inexpensive and range for every age so everyone can be included. Check out some of the sample ideas below:

Every dog has its day: Take the dogs on a walk or play fetch to give them some much needed outdoor time. The kids will get a kick out of playing with a new furry friend!

Local tourist: Discover new places in your town with the kids. A park, reservoir or garden could all be great, natural places to learning something new while enjoying a day in the sun.

Popsicle social: Squeeze ripe oranges for fresh orange juice and freeze in popsicle trays. Once they are ready, enjoy this ice cold treat outside in the warm sun.

 

  • Upload pictures of your family doing the recommended outdoor activities through the tab and enter to win some sweet summertime loot! Weekly winners will be selected to win a basket of sun safe goodies from Banana Boat and one lucky winner will win a trip to the Grand Tetons!

So toss the video games and start tossing the ball this weekend. Your family vacation depends on it!

Outrun the Sun to Support Skin Cancer Education and Research

Written on May 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm , by

A cover-up—and sunscreen—are the chicest summer accessories. (Photo by Amy Postle)

Unless you’re an elite runner, you’ve likely been intimidated toeing the starting line at a race. This month, there is a stress-free opportunity to complete your race—while helping a good cause—no matter where you live!

From now until May 31, you can sign up to Outrun (or walk) the Sun and complete a race on the day and at the distance of your choosing. Your $12 entry fee will support skin cancer education and melanoma research, so don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and hat! It’s the perfect time to practice and support sun safety, as May is National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month. Scary stat: Melanoma kills one American every hour and more than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year.

Runners, walkers and athletes of all kinds are often at higher risk than the general population, due to their frequent outdoor pursuits. So participants will receive more than the pride that comes with finishing a race—they will also get a reminder about the importance of sun safety.

For more about Outrun the Sun, click here.

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Practice Sun Safety with SpaFinder

Written on August 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm , by

Wear this bracelet to practice sun safety. (Photo courtesy of SpaFinder)

Wear this bracelet to stay smart in the sun. (Photo courtesy of SpaFinder)

Skin experts recommend slathering on SPF early and often to protect from harmful rays. As many times as our dermatologists drill this in our heads, however, we admit to occasionally forgetting to reapply as often as we should. Thankfully, we found a simple reminder: SpaFinder’s “I Will Reflect” bracelet.

This cute little number is only $4.95 and has an adjustable strap so it can fit all wrist sizes. It starts off as a light white color, then darkens to purple when you’re exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays. Once it turns dark purple, you’ll know it’s time to reapply sunscreen or head indoors.

The bracelets are part of a national campaign by SpaFinder to promote awareness about early melanoma detection and prevention. More tips and articles about skin safety can be found on their website, and you can order a bracelet of your own here.

Now tell us: How do you stay safe in the sun?