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Teachable Moments: Sun safety


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

This summer, many students are spending their days at the beach instead of the classroom. While soaking up the sun can boost our vitamin D, exposure to ultraviolet light can damage our skin. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

It's estimated that children's annual exposure to UV light is three times higher than adults. Experts say early education is the key to encouraging sun safety. But parents and educators face an uphill battle when young people associate being tan with being healthy.

So, before heading out to the beach this summer, don't forget the sunscreen.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.