Health Ministry

Health Ministry


Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Center. Please join us for low impact exercise, friendship and laughter. Everyone is welcome!

Fun in the Sun

I would like to stress UV Safety Month. July is the month that many of us take vacations where being in the sun during the day plays a big part. 

SUN safety continues as the days get longer and the sun gets stronger. In addition to the skin, the sun can damage the eyes. Both young and old are at risk for eye damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This is due to the thinning of the ozone layer and more and more outdoor leisure activities. Scientific evidence shows that UV radiation may contribute to the development of macular degeneration and cataracts, both of which cause blindness. Additionally, if you spend a day at the beach, a day on the slopes, or day on the water without proper eyewear, you are at high risk of burning your cornea. Although this condition will clear in a few days, it is very painful and may cause temporary vision loss. 

Using both a brimmed hat and UV-absorbing eyewear can provide protection from the sunlight. 

A wide brimmed hat will block about 50% of UV radiation. 

UV-absorbing eyewear provides the greatest measure of UV protection. 

Check the sunglass labels carefully to ensure that the lenses specifically states that the absorption is at least 99-100% of BOTH UV-A and UV-B. 

Have FUN in the SUN safely. 

  • Used with permission from “Wellness Tip of The Week” written by JoAnn C. Kauss, RN, MSN,.