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HEALTHY KNOWSLEY with Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton

REMEMBER TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

With the warmer weather and the school holidays approaching, we are more likely to be out and about more over the coming weeks.

With that in mind, sun safety is a key message I’d like to share this month. The best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Plus remember to keep hydrated and drink plenty to water.

When the sun is strong, spend time in the shade (particularly between 11am and 3pm). Cover up with light, loose fitting clothes, a hat and sunglasses. Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 (sun protection factor or UVB - ultraviolet B radiation - protection) and 4 stars UVA - ultraviolet A radiation protection). With both, the higher the rating the better and remember to use it generously and reapply regularly.

Remember to check the expiry date on your sunscreen, noting how long they can be used once opened.

Remember babies, children and very fair skinned people should avoid direct sunlight as their skin is far more sensitive.

I hope you have a happy and fun-filled summer.

Save the date! If you haven't already, make sure you have the Knowsley Feelgood Festival and Flower Show in your diary.

The Feelgood Festival takes place on Saturday 4 August from 1pm until 4pm with a range of fun activities to boost your heart rate as well as activities to relax and de-stress you. 

Following this on Sunday 5 August from 11am until 4pm is the 20th Knowsley Flower Show, with a huge display of prize winning flowers, plants, vegetables and crafts.

Both events are family fun-filled days of entertainment, taking place at Court Hey Park in Huyton. Further information is available on www.knowsleynews.co.uk

Posted by Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton on July 3rd, 2018

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