Sun Safety: When a Tan Isn’t Where It’s At


Over the last few years, my daughter has become the queen of self-tanning lotions.  By the end of the summer, she’s gone through every new product on the market, and often sports a deep orangey, somewhat streaked look that she doesn’t recognize is a little off until she sees a picture of herself later in the fall, when the ‘tan’ and the search for it has faded.

Far be it from me to point this out before, because as her friends lie in the sun in search of a more ‘natural’ look, she has me as the proverbial angel or devil (depending on whom you’re talking to) sitting on her shoulder, reminding her to think twice about her choices.

Since she was small, I preached against the dangers of tanning, not only melanoma, but also those ‘sun damage’ spots that overexposed skin develops (known more commonly as age spots).  I underscored my lectures by exhibiting my spotted arms and legs as proof of the problem.

Hence, as the summer season unofficially begins after Memorial Day, it’s a good time to bring the subject up again.  What does it have to do with healthy weights?  Well, if you’re out there enjoying yourself in the sun – and it does beckon – then it’s time to drag out the sunscreen.

According to the Sun Safety Alliance, it’s also time to don the shades and a wide-brimmed hat.  June 4-10 is Sun Safety Week.  Check out the tips for fun in the sun, without the negative consequences of too much exposure.  Also check out these tips for beating the heat while you keep your summer fitness in high gear.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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