Heathdale flower 12th October 2023

New Sunscreen Kiosks Available for Use in Summer

Introducing our SunSquirt Sunscreen Kiosks! These new sunscreen dispensers will be placed around both campuses for the convenience and safety of our students during the warmer months.

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We are excited to announce a new addition to our school's commitment to health and safety – the SunSquirt Sunscreen Kiosks! Starting this year, and available in Terms 1 and 4, these convenient sunscreen dispensers will be placed strategically around our Melton and Werribee campuses to help protect our students, staff, and visitors from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Why Sun Safety Matters

As we all know, the sun's rays are a powerful force, and while they bring warmth and happiness, they also pose risks to our skin. Overexposure to UV radiation can lead to skin damage, sunburn, and, in severe cases, skin cancer, including melanoma. Melanoma is a serious concern, and it is essential to take steps to reduce its risk.

Our SunSmart Schools Policy

At Heathdale, we take the health and well-being of our school community seriously. That's why we have adopted a SunSmart Schools Policy to promote sun safety practices among our students and staff. The introduction of SunSquirt Kiosks is a significant step toward fulfilling this policy's goals.

The Health Benefits

The SunSquirt Sunscreen Kiosks are not just a convenience; they are a powerful tool in protecting our skin and overall health. Here's why they matter:

1. Preventing Skin Damage: Regular sunscreen application is one of the most effective ways to prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage. Sunscreen helps shield the skin from harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of sunspots, premature aging, and skin cancer.

2. Reducing Melanoma Risk: Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and can be life-threatening. By using sunscreen regularly, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing melanoma.

3. Instilling Sun Safety Habits: By making sunscreen readily available, we encourage our students to develop sun safety habits that will protect them throughout their lives. It's a simple step today for a healthier tomorrow.

How to Use SunSquirt Kiosk

Using the SunSquirt Kiosks is easy:

1. Locate the nearest SunSquirt Kiosk on campus.

2. Press the button to dispense sunscreen.

3. Apply sunscreen generously to exposed skin areas.

4. Be sure to reapply as needed, especially after swimming or physical activity.

We believe that these SunSquirt Sunscreen Kiosks will contribute to a safer and healthier outdoor experience for everyone at Heathdale. Let's work together to ensure that sun safety becomes a part of our daily routine, not just during Terms 1 and 4 but throughout the year.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us create a sun-smart school environment. Together, we can enjoy the sun safely and reduce the risk of skin damage and melanoma.

Stay sun smart, stay safe!