Saturday, June 21, 2008

Head Covering and Summer Health

Just a reminder; take it for what it's worth:
Protection against the sun begins with wearing a hat. This is a vital first step in keeping healthy, as it guards against overheating and overexposure to the sun. The preferred head covering is a hat, not a cap. Although the popular and seen-everywhere ball caps help some, a hat with a full brim will protect the head, face, neck and ears.

Aside from bringing on heat exhaustion, sun on skin can lead to cancer. It can happen to anyone, but dermatologists and scientists can point to groups in our population who are more susceptible than others to skin cancer. Whether you are in a high-risk group or a low-risk category, the potential danger is there, and it's not worth taking a chance.

If you are going to be outside in the prime sunburn hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., wear a hat. It will fend off harmful ultraviolet rays and keep you a little cooler.

- health information gleaned from from Conway, Arkansas, US
- photo information - June 1963: British actress Millicent Martin models a patterned hat and matching headscarf. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images) Isn't she cute?

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