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July 2014

Coolibar Athletes Kaitlyn Price

For Aspiring Pro Golfer, Long Days in the Sun are Par for the Course

Kaitlyn Price - Golf

Coolibar highlights another 2014 Sponsored Athlete.

By Kaitlyn Price

As a competitive golfer, there aren’t many days off. The summer months are the heart of the competitive season, and I am taking advantage of the plethora of events to prepare myself for LPGA Qualifying School in August. It is important to have all aspects of your golf game in shape because each tournament brings a new challenge.

While each day is a little different, my general routine consists of getting to the course in the morning and working for about three hours on chipping/pitching, putting, and full swing drills. I then go home, eat lunch, and cool off for a little before either going for a bike ride or heading to the gym. In the afternoon (if it’s not raining), I like to go back out to the course and play as many holes as I can.

During tournament rounds, I am usually in the sun for about seven hours straight. This consists of an hour of warm-up, five hours to play, and then another hour after the round to work on my game. On these days it is very important to be smart about the sun, because not only is it important to protect your skin, but the sun is also mentally draining.

Since I am in the sun anywhere from three to nine hours a day, sun protection is extremely important. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are all imperative for long days in the sun.  Before the day gets started, I apply sunscreen to all exposed areas and I have to reapply a few times throughout the day. Coolibar clothing has been a great asset to my sun protection routine. The Swim Skort, although not created for golf, is my new favorite piece of clothing for the golf course!

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Contests

Official Rules for UV Safety Month – Women’s Swim Shirt Giveaway!

UV Safety Month Women’s Swim Shirt Giveaway Official Rules: To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older. Contest open to residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia. The winner will receive one (1) Coolibar UPF 50+Women’s Long Sleeve Quarter Zip Swim Shirt (Coolibar Item #03245, retail value $75). Winner will be chosen at random by Coolibar representatives. Winner will choose the swim shirt from available sizes and colors. Comments and photos deemed inappropriate by Coolibar, or not owned by the posting individual, will be deleted and disqualified. No purchase necessary to win. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Four entries maximum per person. Coolibar, Inc. employees, employee family members and affiliates are not eligible to win. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Facebook is not affiliated with Coolibar, Inc. or this contest. Deadline for entry: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST.

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Events Inside Coolibar

Twin City Tennis Camps Hosts Coolibar Talent Show

For the past two years Coolibar has worked closely with Twin City Tennis Camps (TCTC), an organization that operates tennis camps across Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. This is part of an ongoing effort to help parents and community leaders promote sun safety at an early age. What better place to do it than on the tennis courts?

Still, Friday, July 18 was a first: a Coolibar-themed talent show performed by TCTC staff and junior tennis students at the Golden Valley Tennis Center at Brookview Park.

This is just one performance:

Here are some more highlights:

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TCTC operates five tennis camps across the Twin Cities and provides “an energetic, athletic, cooperative and educational style…that keeps everyone smiling, playing tennis and making lifelong lasting relationships.” The organization also operates adult tennis camps and attends annual tournaments in Minneapolis, Minn. and Palm Springs, Calif.

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Coolibar Athletes Jerry Leonard

Discipline, Dedication…and Sun Protection

Jerry Leonard, Football Coach

Coolibar highlights another 2014 Sponsored Athlete.

By Jerry Leonard

I began playing sports as a child growing up in New Orleans to occupy my time and keep me out of trouble and off the streets. I realized I love competition and the discipline and dedication required to be successful.

Jerry Leonard - Coolibar 2014 Sponsored AthleteThat discipline and dedication began to carry over into many other aspects of my life. This helped me in the classroom as a student, in my own classroom as a teacher, and on the field as a coach. Being a multi-sport athlete I was and am still able to compete in a variety of ways, as a coach and as golfer and power lifter.

Sun protection is extremely important to me as a football coach to stay safe in the sun. We are outside conditioning all summer long in the Louisiana sun. It can be brutal. It is very humid in the south and sweat easily washes off the typical sunscreen. Wearing protective clothing provides the additional protection I need to feel comfortable in the sun without the worry of skin cancer.

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Inside Coolibar What's Hot

Latest Fashion Trend: The Bucket Hat?

Coolibar Bucket Hat

We first started hearing rumblings about his about a year ago, when some of the hip fashion bloggers started saying the bucket hat was a thing again. We love bucket hats; admittedly, we have an extra-large crush on them because they protect your face. But we last saw our friend the bucket hat as a major fashion player in like 1999. We thought these rumblings would go away.

They didn’t. Instead, they got stronger.

And stronger. Rihanna in a bucket hat? That’s a long way from Gilligan, or even LL Cool J. The latest homage comes from Refinery29, and we’re sure there will be more.

Coolibar has always offered bucket hats, but if there’s going to be a trend we’re more than “Happy” to throw our hat into the ring.

Of course, Coolibar bucket hats have an extra bonus: they’re UPF 50+. How much trendier can you get?

 

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Events Inside Coolibar

Coolibar Goes to Camp

Coolibar at AAD Camp Discovery

One sunny morning last week, Coolibar employees got up early, grabbed their gear and made the three-hour journey from Minneapolis to Crosslake, Minnesota to attend Camp Discovery. This one-week summer camp for kids with chronic skin conditions is operated by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and encompasses five such summer camps across the country.

During the afternoon the camp split into eight teams, and each composed a skit or song about sun protection that they presented to the larger group. Afterward, everyone headed to the lakeshore for some sun safe swimming. Coolibar passed out UPF 50+ swim shirts and sun hats to 98 campers and staff!

Crosslake is the original location for the AAD’s Camp Discovery, and it includes Camp Little Pine (for ages 10 – 14) and Camp Big Trout (ages 14 – 16). This is the third consecutive year that Coolibar has dropped in for a visit.

Check out our fun photos!

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Expert Rx

The Eyes Have It: Exposure to UV Rays a Silent Threat to Vision

Acuvue - Eye Care

By Millicent Knight, OD, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America

Are we taking the proper precautions to protect our eyes?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. Eyes may be windows to the soul, but they are also windows for harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause silent, long-term damage on our vision that may occur decades later.

This issue is particularly timely with summer here—a season in which it’s almost intuitive to lather on the sunscreen before we head to the beach.  While most Americans understand the link between UV radiation and skin cancer, many are less aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage. Yet the truth is that harmful UV rays are not just bad for skin; they also can inflict significant eye damage over time. Worldwide some 12 to 15 million people become blind from cataracts annually, of which up to 20% may be caused or enhanced by sun exposure according to estimates from The World Health Organization1. UV rays also have been linked to other ocular conditions.

What’s more, UV rays can cause short-term conditions such as photokeratitis (a corneal inflammation) and photoconjunctivitis (an inflammation of the conjunctiva under the eyelid). If you’ve ever had sore, tired eyes after a day at the beach or on the water, you may have experienced UV radiation overexposure.

The simple fact is that we need to take better precautions to protect our eyes. With skin, when you are out in the sun too long, you see an instantaneous change in the form of sunburn. But unlike skin, short-term damage to the eyes is sometimes hard to notice. For some people, over the long-term, though, the sun can cause irreversible harm to parts of the eye and surrounding tissue that are left unprotected or under-protected. So, what happens to our kids today may not be evident until decades later. That’s why it is important to get maximum protection beginning in childhood.

The good news is that there are easy steps, which, when taken together, can help minimize UV exposure to our eyes.  Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Wear wrap-around sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays, with lenses large enough to completely cover the eyes. And wear them all day; UV radiation for the eyes is actually worse when the sun is lower in the sky. While it has long been thought that the risk of UV exposure to the eyes is greatest during the mid-day hours, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, research suggests that from spring through fall, when the days get longer, the incidence of exposure is actually greatest earlier and later in the day.

UV-blocking contact lenses, when worn in combination with UV-absorbing wrap-around sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat can offer an added measure of protection for those who need vision correction. However, not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. An eye care professional can prescribe Class 1 or Class 2 UV-blocking contact lenses, which provide high levels of UV blocking. Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays, clinical studies have not been done to show they reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition.

By becoming better educated about the dangers of UV rays on the eyes and the importance of choosing proper eyewear that provides the best UV protection, we can lessen the risk for ocular UV exposure and help protect the long-term eye health of ourselves and our children.

1Health effects of UV radiation, World Health Organization, www.who.int/uv/health/en/

Millicent Knight, OD, is Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America.  In this role, Dr. Knight leads the development and deployment of the company’s professional strategy across the United States and Canada.  She also directs the company’s professional and education platform through THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE®, LLC and other educational outreach programs. Dr. Knight brings 25 years of comprehensive experience in multiple areas of optometry,  including contact lenses, contact lens research, ocular disease management, and integrative eye and systemic care to the position.

This blog was originally published on the Johnson & Johnson Corporate blog, www.blogjnj.com

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Coolibar Athletes Leslie Jackson

Bringing the Love of Stand Up Paddleboarding to Every Part of Life

Leslie Jackson - SUP

Coolibar highlights another Sponsored Athlete for 2014.

By Leslie Jackson

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a new sport to me, and one that makes both my body and mind feel good.  The sport itself is a great core strengthener and one that allows you to push yourself to your limits.

It’s fun to test your speed and balance and practice little tricks that make you faster. What I really love about the sport is the ability for everybody to enjoy it. I can go out with my kids or I can go out with a friend and I know I am going to have fun and get a really good workout. That to me, is what exercise is all about!

On days when I paddle, my routine starts well before I make it to the water, but it’s all part of the sport and nothing I complain about. I get dressed in my Coolibar workout attire and lather up in sunscreen, then throw on a hat and sunglasses and am ready to begin. If only I could walk out my door and into the water, but that is not the case.

So, I walk out the door and load my gear.  I drive a big SUV and have a nice SUP rack on it, but it is still work and part of my routine. I grab my paddle and put in the car, then take my board out of the bag and hoist it over my head.  Once I get it on the roof racks, I tighten it down and away I go.

I generally paddle with at least one friend and we meet at the water’s edge ready for a workout.  Somedays we go for a long easy paddle where we just enjoy the water and feel the glide under our feet and other days we do fast intervals with a beach workout.

Whatever it is we decide to do, it is always nice to be out on the water and to enjoy the Southern California weather!

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Contests What's Hot

Enter the Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest!

Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest

Great news: it’s time to show off your summer and yourself in Coolibar sun protective clothing. And you could win a $100 Coolibar shopping spree!

How to Enter Our Summer Selfie Contest:

– Take a selfie of you, your friends and family enjoying your summer, looking great and staying safe from the sun in Coolibar clothing

 

– Follow Coolibar on Instagram

– Upload your photo(s)

– Tag @coolibar

– Use #coolibarselfie

You could WIN a $100 shopping spree on Coolibar.com!

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Summer Selfie Contest Guidelines:

– Have fun

– Look great

– Stay safe!

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Start date:

Thursday, July 10th

End date:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Shopping Tips:

– Include the guys – Coolibar has an entire selection of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing for men!

– It’s easy to stay current with our “New Arrivals” tabs for women and men – all of our newest items are just a click away!

– Our Coastline Cover Up Dress is magical…our (not-so-scientific) studies have shown that it looks even better on everyday girls than it does on our models!

– Don’t forget sun hats! You can get them for women, men, boys and girls!

Facts About Sun Protective Clothing:

– UPF stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor,” and it is used specifically for measuring UV protection for fabrics. UPF 50+ is the highest possible rating for sun protective clothing.

– You can choose a Coolibar fabric for every outdoor activity, including swimming, fitness, golf, tennis, beach and many more.

– The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Contest ends midnight July 20, 2014. Winner will be chosen by Coolibar and announced via social media on July 21, 2014. All posted photographs are eligible to win. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering the Coolibar Summer Selfie Contest, you are authorizing Coolibar to repost/share your photograph (if necessary) from our Instagram page. Winner will be supplied a promotion code for the $100 shopping spree (can be used online at www.coolibar.com or at our corporate headquarters, 2401 Edgewood Ave. South, Ste 400, St. Louis Park, MN 55426).

 

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Educate Others Events Wear Sun Protection What's Hot

July is UV Safety Month!

July - UV Safety Month

It seems there is a month for everything, but this one comes directly from the US Department of Health and Human Services: it’s UV Safety Month!

This makes sense. July is one of the hottest months in the US, and it’s also right in the middle of prime vacation time. As we know, UV rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer, which is the nation’s most common type of cancer. And that’s not to mention the painful sunburns, dry skin and wrinkles that UV rays can cause.

Coolibar supports the efforts of the United States HHS department and the Federal Occupational Health agency to raise awareness about skin cancer and the dangers of UV rays. They include encouraging families to adopt good sun safety habits together, to include wearing sunscreen; we would add don’t forget your UPF 50+ sun protective clothing!

Watch for posts throughout July about UV safety for your skin and even for your eyes!

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

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