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Loyola to Teach Kids about Sun Safety Before Spring Break

Dermatologists and nurses to visit area school Friday

MAYWOOD, Ill.  – Having one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life, yet less than one-third of all young people take the proper steps to protect their skin from excessive sun exposure, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Loyola University Health System is taking steps to curb this trend. The organization will partner with the Women’s Dermatologic Society on its “Time Out, Protect Your Skin” initiative to educate grade-school-age children about sun safety.

Loyola dermatologists and staff will visit Forest Road School from 10–11:30 a.m. and from 12:30–2 p.m. on Friday, March 22, to teach students how to protect their skin. The event will take place in the school’s library, located at 901 N. Forest Road in LaGrange Park. They will be joined by Loyola nurse and Forest Road School alumna Kim Harris, RN.

“I am pleased to use my background as a dermatology nurse to give back to students in the community where I grew up,” Harris said. “We hope to instill good skin health habits in these young people to better protect their health down the road."

Time Out, Protect Your Skin will incorporate sun-safety education, outreach and materials into the school’s curriculum through an ongoing collaboration. The program provides sun-safety training for faculty and administration. It also funds a shade project that will be installed on the school’s grounds and provides SPF 60 broad-spectrum sunscreen and UV color-changing bracelets to students and staff.

“We are grateful to Loyola and the Women’s Dermatologic Society for teaching our students about the dangers of sun damage,” said Lisa Cavaliere, vice principal, Forest Road School. “This session is especially timely as many of our students prepare to visit sunny locations on spring break next week.”

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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