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Eat well + Sleep well + Exercise regularly = Being healthy and feeling great tino pai! We've gathered some information about all these things so you and your mates can look and feel good all the time.

Being SunSmart

Slip, slop, slap and wrap this summer. Do you know what this means? Click here to find out.

It's great to do things outside - riding your bike, playing at the beach, having a game of cricket. But it's not so great if you get sunburned - that really hurts.

Sunburn is what happens to your skin when it gets too much ultraviolet radiation - that's one of the sun's rays. You can't see it (like light) or feel it (like heat), which are also rays from the sun - but it can damage and burn your skin.

Some people think that it is attractive when the sun turns their skin brown, but that colour change is a sign that the sun has damaged their skin. That damage can become skin cancer.

There are three different kinds of skin cancer. The most serious one is called melanoma and it can kill you. You can protect yourself from the sun and avoid skin cancer. How?

Even on a cloudy day UV radiation is scattered around you. Light cloud in a blue sky makes little difference to the risk of sunburn and can even increase it as UV radiation is reflected off cloud.

Sunscreen is a good way to protect yourself. But remember, no sunscreen can completely shield you from the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Sunscreens act as filters but still let some UV radiation through. You can still burn - especially if you have sensitive skin and are in the sun for long periods. There are other ways you can protect yourself. How?

What you can do to be SunSmart:

  • Wear a hat. Choose a hat with a wide brim. It will help keep you cool and protect your face and shoulders from getting burnt by the sun.
  • Put on sunscreen. At least 30 minutes before you go out into the sun put on a sunscreen with at least a protection level of SPF30+. Put more on after swimming or exercising.
  • Cover your skin. Wear a t-shirt and cover up after swimming.
  • Wear sunglasses. These will protect your eyes from damage from the sun
  • Play in the shade. Play under a tree, a beach umbrella or a carport where it is cooler and you are protected from the suns rays.
  • Avoid playing outside between 11am and 4pm when the suns rays are the harshest.
Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on some sunglasses


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