|Action Cancer patron Zoe Salmon, ambassador for the charity's health promotion programme for schools — Health Action — reminds children and their parents to be safe in the sun during the summer holidays at home and abroad. Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.||Presenter Zoe Salmon,
Picture: Brian Thompson/Press Eye.
ACTION Cancer patron Zoe Salmon, ambassador for the charity's health promotion programme for schools - Health Action - has made a plea to children and their parents to be safe in the sun during the summer holidays.
On a recent trip home the TV presenter helped Action Cancer promote the key sun safety message from the Health Action programme, which has been sponsored by retailer Centra since 2003.
Zoe said: "It is crucial that young people stay safe in the sun, either at home or if they go abroad with their families during the summer. We know that you can do damage to your skin even when the sun isn't out. So the message from Action Cancer is be careful - wear sun cream, a T-shirt and a hat."
During term time hundreds of schools have visits from Action Cancer's Health Promotion team as part of the Health Action programme, to educate young people on healthy lifestyles, including information about eating well, exercising regularly, the dangers of alcohol and smoking and being safe in the sun.
Zoe added: Over the summer children won't have Action Cancer's team to remind them to be careful, so this message is to encourage everyone to be sun safe in the next few months."
Action Cancer recommends that children wear a minimum factor 15 sun screen, a hat, sunglasses and a T-shirt to cover up in the sun. They also advise children and adults to avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest.