Stay Safe in the Sun


Stay Safe in the Sun
is a fun, interactive program for elementary children that focuses on sun safety. Children answer questions on a game board that introduce them to the benefits of protecting themselves from ultra-violet rays and emphasize habits that will help them stay safe from the harmful effects of the sun. At the end of the game, children are asked to "put on their thinking caps" and remember each question and answer on the board.

Stay Safe in the Sun

During July of 2014, staff and interns from the Office of Health Promotion, Bergen County Department of Health Services presented 15 Stay Safe in the Sun programs to 595 youth and counselors in summer recreation programs in six Bergen County towns.

Why Sun Safety?

Sun Safety Program
  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with over a million new cases diagnosed each year.
  • 90% of all skin cancers can be prevented by protection from the sun’s rays or ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • 80% of total lifetime sun exposure is received during childhood, and kids receive 3 times as much ultraviolet (UV) radiation as adults do in a year.

Program Materials


Libraries, summer recreation programs and preschools in towns that contract with the Department of Health Services for health promotion can receive materials in sufficient quantities to conduct Stay Safe in the Sun with their children. They may also schedule staff from the Office of Health Promotion to present the program to their children.

For assistance in planning and implementing the program, programs in contracting towns, should contact Al Ferrara at