SunWise Salt Lake County (UT)
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon proclaimed May 22, 2009—the first-ever Don't Fry Day—"SunWise Day" in Salt Lake County, Utah in an effort to encourage County residents to adopt sun-safe behaviors. As part of Mayor Corroon’s proclamation, Salt Lake County has asked area schools to participate in SunWise Schools, a program designed to teach children how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.
In July 2008, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and EPA's SunWise Program began working to make Washington a "SunWise State." According to the most recent data (2004) from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), Washington has the fifth-highest melanoma incidence rate and the seventh-highest melanoma fatality rate in the country. Additionally, incidence rates in counties bordering Puget Sound and those located in the state’s extreme eastern area are among the highest in Washington. In fact, melanoma occurs as often, if not more often, in the cloudy and rainy parts of the state as in the traditionally sunnier regions.
SunWise Cobb County (GA)
Since melanoma incidence in Cobb County is more than 50 percent higher than the national average, EPA, Wellstar Health System and the Cobb County School District teamed up in the summer of 2007 to improve sun protection in the county. To start, every K-8 school in the district received SunWise Tool Kits, and EPA attended several community fairs in the county. On May 7, 2008, Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Samuel Olens proclaimed it "SunWise Day" in Cobb County, and has pledged to encourage all county students and their families to learn about and practice sun-safe behaviors. To celebrate this occasion, a kick-off event was held at Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton, GA.
- Read the press release.
- In-school public service announcements broadcast over school TV station
- Presenting information to the school district parent teacher organizations
- Sending home a letter to parents with information on sun safety and what's in a good sunscreen
- Reaching out to youth sports coaches
- Collaboration with County parks and recreation facilities
SunWise Boston (MA)
On April 22, 2008 -- Earth Day -- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, with the help of SHADE Foundation of America’s Founder and President, Shonda Schilling, and then-EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, announced Boston’s commitment to protecting the environment and its residents from skin cancer by becoming a model SunWise Community. As part of becoming a SunWise Community, Mayor Menino proclaimed April 22, “SunWise Day” in Boston, and pledged to work with SHADE and EPA throughout the year to provide shade, sunscreen, and a quality SunWise education to the City’s youth and families.
On May 15, 2007, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster and representatives from Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Wisconsin's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and EPA were on hand at Northside Elementary in Sun Prairie, WI to announce Wisconsin’s becoming a SunWise Community. EPA, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program joined forces to distribute EPA's K-8 skin cancer prevention program, SunWise, to every school district in the state. More than 400 health educators received the SunWise Tool Kit with lesson plans and activities for learning about sun safety.
- Read the press release.
SunWise Pierce County (WA)
In May 2007, EPA continued its successful rollout of SunWise Communities in Pierce County, WA. On behalf of Pierce County, which is located next to King County, WA, Executive John Ladenburg:
- Proclaimed May 7 SunWise Day and encouraged Pierce County residents to practice EPA’s SunWise Action Steps when participating in outdoor activities.
- Sent a letter on behalf of EPA to all Pierce County schools encouraging staff and students to use the free SunWise Tool Kit.
SunWise King County (WA)
On the first day of summer, June 21, 2007, King County announced its plans to continue promoting sun safety. With the help of King County Executive Ron Sims, King County encouraged its residents to be smarter about protecting their skin in the sun.
- Executive Sims proclaimed June 21, 2007, SunWise Awareness Day and encouraged King County residents to practice EPA’s SunWise Action Steps when participating in outdoor activities. [Read the proclamation] The county posted sun safety messages on the Public Health and County Executive Web sites.
- The county will send a letter to summer camps, day camps and child care centers encouraging them to sign up for EPA’s free SunWise Tool Kit.
- The county will distribute EPA’s Be SunWise UV-sensitive wristbands to summer and day camps, and at outdoor-related public health events, health fairs, and other summer events.
- Read the Proclomation Exit
- Read about King County's efforts in 2007.
- Proclaimed May 1 SunWise Day by encouraging King County residents to practice EPA's SunWise Action Steps when participating in outdoor activities.
- Sent a letter on behalf of EPA to all King County schools encouraging staff and students to use the free SunWise tool kit, which provides a fun and easy-to-use sun safety and ozone science curriculum.
- Created a “SunWise Zone” at a local school to kick-off SunWise Communities in Seattle and encourage the student body to be burn free during the summer.
- Read about King County's efforts in 2006.
SunWise Houston (TX)
On August 3, 2005, SunWise joined Houston Mayor Bill White at the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science in Houston, Texas to launch the first SunWise community-wide initiative, SunWise Cities.
- Encourage residents to practice EPA’s SunWise Action Steps when participating in outdoor activities.
- Endorse SunWise programs within schools and informal education programs including city parks and recreation, after-school programs, summer camps, and children’s science centers.
- Develop a sun safety policy for city outdoor workers that includes the SunWise Action Steps.
- Promote SunWise Action Steps at all city-sponsored events and venues.