Shelbyville - Summer is here, and with that comes vacations, beaches, pool time, theme parks and more. As we head into the warm summer months, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is providing a friendly reminder on sun safety tips for the whole family.
According to the CDC, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:
Shade – Seek shade under a tree, umbrella or other shelter.
Sunscreen – Always wear sunscreen and protective clothing, even if it’s an overcast day. Use at least SPF 15 before you go outside. Make sure to reapply if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and/or after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Hats – Hats with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears and back of the neck will provide the most protection from the sun. Wear hats with tightly woven fabric, not holes that let sunlight through. Baseball caps leave your ears and the back of your neck exposed, so if you wear them, protect your ears and neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or stay in the shade.
Sunglasses – Sunglasses help protect your eyes from UV rays and the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays for the best protection.
Clothing – Wearing tightly woven clothing, and long sleeves and pants can protect you from UV rays. Some clothing is even specifically made to protect against UV rays.
Of course, you could always protect yourself by staying indoors, but during the summer months, that’s no fun! You can have plenty of safe sun fun during the summer by taking these steps to protect yourself and your family. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.