Health Visitors promote sun awareness in community

Healthcare Visitors promoting sun awareness at Tram Sunday at Fleetwood

Trust Health Visitors provided locals with advice and sun care products alongside the Healthier Fleetwood campaign.

Many visitors and local residents attend Fleetwood’s annual Tram Sunday and the team set up an information stand which had leaflets, healthcare professionals and Sun cream products for families to test.

Health Visitor, Sarah Sutcliffe said: “We decided to deliver a sun awareness day as there have been many recent changes to sun safety advice and we wanted to give up to date evidence based information to the local families of Fleetwood.

“We are wanted to also capture families who were visiting the town.

“The weather has been unusually hot and sunny this year and for this reason it is very important to protect children from sun damage which can cause both short and long term health problems such as sun stroke, heat stroke, sun burn, rickets and further down the line skin cancer.

“The day was very hot and very busy with families who appeared interested to learn more about sun awareness.

“It was a perfect event to be able to provide families with the relevant seasonal information to a wide variety of families who gather in Fleetwood from all over the country for the Transport Festival.

“We managed to obtain free samples from a sunscreen company enabling us to give out over 500 free sunscreen samples and colour changing sun wrist bands at the event.

“With the help of Healthier Fleetwood, we devised an information board and eye catching leaflets for the families to take away providing essential sun safety advice to promote the health of the families.

“The feedback from parents was positive stating that we had given them a lot of useful information about staying safe in the sun.

“We also discussed the hot topic of Vitamin D with parents using current evidenced based information around the importance of Vitamin D supplements for both children and adults”.

The team are planning to visit local facilities in the community such as infinity Fleetwood (formerly Freeport), Fleetwood beach and events organised by Healthier Fleetwood over the summer holidays.

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