Most kids can’t wait to take swimming lessons, but at many area pools, they’re learning more than just how to do the backstroke. They’re learning the importance of using sunscreen.
The lessons are part of Pool Cool, a program of the Midwest Cancer alliance and the Kansas Cancer Partnership…and was recently named by the Center for Disease Control as a Cancer Control program best practice. Now in its third year, the program began in the Kansas City area and has spread to 50 pools across the state. The idea is to teach youngsters the importance of sunburn avoidance early on, and they’ll pass the message on to their whole family.
That’s great news for dermatologists like Dr. Daniel Aires at The University of Kansas Hospital. In the video, he explains how sunburns at an early age can greatly increase the risk of skin cancer in later life. He also talks about the risk factors for skin cancer, the best type of sunscreen to use, and why he thinks Pool Cool is such a great idea.
Also on the video, Ashley Adorante and Hope Krebill of the Midwest Cancer Alliance describe the Pool Cool program, how kids are passing it on to their parents, and the positive results they’re seeing after three years. The video also includes swimmers at the Black Bob Bay pool in Olathe.