Parish Nurse Health Tips for July 24, 2016

Parish Nurse Health Tips 07-24-16

As you look around you in our church this morning, you know something BIG is happening!  Yes, Vacation Bible School kicks off tomorrow morning!  Many helpers have been preparing for almost 100 eager youngsters to teach and learn about our Savior.

The weather is always something that I, as the parish nurse, am watching closely; and our week is forecast to be HOT!  My first aid kits for helpers always includes water, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and band aids.  I need to share with you parents and grandparents and friends of our young ones the importance of skin protection from the sun exposure.

We tend to think that “a few minutes in the sun won’t cause skin cancer”, but in fact it can contribute to it if we are not using skin protection.  Nearly all skin cancers can be connected to excessive sun exposure.  The easiest way to reduce your risk is to stay out of direct sunlight, especially during the mid-day hours when the rays are the strongest.  Making sure that you have skin protection by wearing a hat – especially a wide brim this coming week as we are on the farm for VBS!  Always wear protective clothing and please, please apply sunscreen with the appropriate SPF for you and the weather of the day.  Greater than 90% of the skin cancers found a few years back could have been prevented by limiting sun exposure!

Even God provided clothing for Adam and Eve as we read in Genesis 3:21 and Ez. 37:8.  As we prepare for a fun VBS event and some beautiful warm weather, I pray that everyone will use extra care to take care of the body we have been given.  The two most important things this week that I emphasize are:

☼ Drink lots of water

☼ Protect your skin from excess sun exposure

Please see me if you have any concerns about reducing your risk of skin cancer.  I will be on campus every morning this week roaming the campus as the Sun Protection Detective!  Be prepared!

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace peaceparishnurse@comcast.net