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6/21/2010
Harris Teeter Wishes Shoppers Smart Fun in the Sun in 2010
Follow our 5 Fun in the Sun Health Habits to ensure a bronze and healthy summer


Harris Teeter Wishes Shoppers Smart Fun in the Sun in 2010
Follow our 5 Fun in the Sun Health Habits to ensure a bronze and healthy summer

Charlotte, NC - The summer sun feels great on our skin but can also damage it; Harris Teeter, therefore, wants to take time to review the basics of being “sun smart” for its shoppers with a special emphasis on protecting your skin and eyes from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, taking a family walk around the neighborhood, working in the yard or hiking in the mountains, follow our yourwellness team’s 5 Fun in the Sun Health Habits to ensure a bronze and healthy summer.

- Avoid sun exposure at least between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

- Make wearing sun block or sunscreen a morning ritual, just like brushing your teeth, since you never know when you might find yourself outdoors for an extended period of time. Apply sun block or sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day over all exposed areas and at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply frequently even if you’re indoors, on average every two hours.   Our yourwellness team recommends products that contain titanium or zinc dioxide as these agents appear to be both effective and safe.

- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sun-protective clothing (specialized products are available but at least wear clothing with a tight weave). 

- Wear good quality sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

- Make sure your kids are following these guidelines, too, since experts believe it’s the sun exposure accumulated during our early years that plays the biggest role in risk for skin cancer, wrinkles and age spots.

One other thing that is important to keep in mind during the summer is hydration.  Remember to start your day with a big glass of water, and keep a supply of water nearby throughout the day so you can replace fluids lost during exercise and time in the sun.

For additional tips from Harris Teeter’s yourwellness team, make sure to sign-up for our yourwellness e-letter and watch Dr. Russ’ video about Fun in the Sun.