Tell us, or better yet, show us how you are SunAWARE year ’round for a chance to win a wide brim hat!
Ladies, we’ve set aside the very popular Oceanside Sun Hat with a glamorous 8″ brim for this contest. Fellas, you could win our Beach Comber Sun Hat, which features a chin cord and 4″ brim. Both hats boast UPF 50+ sun protection!
2. For one (1) entry, comment on our Facebook wall and tell us how you are SunAWARE year round. If you post a photo demonstrating your SunAWAREness AND comment in your photo caption, we’ll give you three (3) entries! IMPORTANT: use the hashtag #contest and mention @Coolibar in your comment so we know to enter you in the drawing. You may only enter a photo or comment once. Additional photos and comments will not increase your chances of winning.
It’s that easy!
We’ll announce our winners next Friday, November 9, 2012. Good luck!
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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 either the Coolibar Oceanside Sun Hat (one size, black/white) or the Coolibar Beach Comber Sun Hat (size L/XL, brown/natural). Winner will be chosen through random drawing. 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. Three entries per person. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar. Deadline for entry: November 8, 2012 at 11:59pm CST.
Take a moment to Hang Ten with Coolibar and Raw Elements
The Waterman Eco Challenge held on July 21st in Rhode Island, an event created as a weekend dedicated to ocean and sun safety put on by Coolibar sunscreen vendor Raw Elements, was a great success! An estimated 10,000 people were on the beach that day most cheering on the competitors racing to paddle out past the break.
A recap of the day from Brian Guadagno, Founder of Raw Elements USA, Sr. Lifeguard Captain, Narragansett Surf Rescue:
“What a great summer day with sunny skies, what more could you ask for? How about 3-4 foot NE wind swell! The conditions definitely added to the energy of the day and the event. It was so great to see so many men and women come out and paddle! The event is all about you guys and we were so stoked on the turn out and how well everyone did under the conditions. For some, it was business as usual getting out past the break. For others, it was likely the first time they had attempted that and everyone battled and didn’t give up. Everyone made it out and it was awesome to hear the crowd cheering on and rooting for every last paddler until everyone was on their way. I know there were a number of paddlers who were stoked to get out there and paddle but opted not to because of the conditions. We all totally respect knowing your personal limitations and taking a responsible approach toward ocean safety. There were a number of close finishes and the competition was really tight! We were thrilled to have everyone make the 2nd annual Waterman Eco-Challenge the day it was! We are already excited and looking forward to planning next year’s event!”
All beach goers also had the opportunity to learn the 5 easy steps of SunAWARE at the Raw Elements tent, where sunscreen samples and SunAWARE materials were available.
Summer solstice, the day with the longest amount of sunlight this year is Wednesday, June 20. Summer solstice is significant for scientists and religions alike, it’s a day tied to solar phenomena and community celebrations.
Carolyn Sumners, vice president of astronomy and the physical sciences at the Houston Museum of Natural Science provides a scientific explanation of summer solstice on Chron.com. “The earth is always tilted on its axis at 23½ degrees,” says Sumners. It orbits around the sun in that position – and in the Northern Hemisphere, when that tilt leans most toward the sun it’s the summer solstice.
The historical significance of summer solstice goes far back. Ancient Egyptians would wait for the Nile’s flooding season beginning summer solstice, for the floods provided fertile soil for farming. The Incas began the tradition of Inti Raymi, the multiday Festival of the Sun, which is still celebrated by tourists and natives of South America every year on June 24 (around the time of summer solstice). Even the Olympic Games in Greece were specifically scheduled to commence once summer solstice ended.
Today, summer solstice is still celebrated around the world. In the UK, thousands gather at Stonehenge to witness the solstice sunrise –the moment when the sun completely aligns with the outer Heel Stone.
In the United States, a simple Google search of “summer solstice festival (state name)” will show a list of cities and towns celebrating this day with parades, festivals, music, games and athletic events.
To all of us at Coolibar, it’s a day to remind others about healthy sunny living. We, like most, love to be outdoors, and summer solstice is a day to celebrate. While the sun is extra strong, for an extra long time, remember to be SunAWARE, and keep your UPF 50 clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen on hand.
Celebrate summer with a family barbecue, a trip to the beach or a long bike ride.
How do you to take advantage of the longest, most sun filled day of the year? Let us know what summer means to you on Facebook or by commenting below!
Limiting ultraviolet radiation exposure along with other changes in a person’s lifestyle such as quitting smoking, being physically active, and eating a better diet may reduce the risk of developing most types of cancer. But what about those who are in mid-battle of fighting off cancer, in any form? Sun protection is not only important for cancer prevention, but those in cancer treatment especially. The need to limit sun exposure is not always at top-of-mind when someone is going through cancer treatment, so both health care providers and patients need to be SunAWARE.
Today, approximately 12 million people alive in the United States have had some type of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Some of these people are cancer-free; others still have the disease. Skin can become extremely sensitive during certain types of cancer treatment. Oftentimes drugs used in cancer treatment may make skin more sensitive to the sun.
While patients should always seek professional advice, using broad-spectrum sunscreen for sensitive skin every day can help ease skin irritation and prevent skin damage from the sun’s ultra violet radiation. UVA has the ability to travel through most home and car windows unless they’ve been specifically treated to block UVA. When spending time outdoors, patients should wear a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Sun protective clothing that provides cooling sun relief is widely available today and can be found through a simple internet search. To stay comfortable outdoors, look for technical fabrics that offer a high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating (UPF 50+ is the highest rating available), wick moisture and feel soft to the touch.
In order to help spread the message about the importance of sun protection Coolibar will be visiting the Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in New Orleans, LA May 3 – May 6, 2012. Coolibar hopes to help oncology nurses recognize the need to communicate the importance of sun protection to patients to help ease skin conditions, provide comfort, and prevent skin cancer occurrences.
Oncology Nurses: Stop by booth number 918 to see Coolibar.
Disclaimer: The information provided by Coolibar and its contributors is general skin care information and should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem.
Sun protective habits developed in childhood promote a lifetime of healthy skin. Giving a child the gift of sun protection education is as easy as ‘liking’ the Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing Facebook page. For every Coolibar Facebook page ‘like’ (a.k.a. fan) we receive in December, we’ll donate a SunAWARE book to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation.
‘Like’ us now to give a child a SunAWARE children’s book and help support our cause! Just click the ‘like’ button below.
The MRF is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma whose mission is to Research, Educate and Advocate. They are helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.
You can support the MRF by attending the game on October 9th where the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. A portion from each ticket sale will go directly to the Melanoma Research Foundation. Discount tickets can be purchased through the MRF website for $40, $45 or $50 and include a free souvenir t-shirt.
If you go, bring your enthusiasm, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses. EverBank Field is an outdoor stadium and UV rays are present, even on a cloudy day.
Entries will be accepted now through Monday, July 11, 2011. Please write or indicate that you wish to enter your photo into Coolibar’s SunAWARE 4th of July Contest when posting the photo. Then, we’ll enter you in our random drawing to win a Coolibar Swim Shirt.
The winner will be announced on the Coolibar Facebook Wall on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
No purchase necessary to enter. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. One winner will be chosen through a random drawing of all entries posted on www.facebook.com/coolibar before midnight C.S.T. on 7/11/11. The winner may choose one Coolibar® swim shirt up to a $76 retail value from www.coolibar.com. Prize given is subject to availability. Prize is non-transferable, not returnable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. Must reside in the U.S. and be 18 or older to enter. Limit one photo entry per person. Coolibar® may at anytime, remove and disqualify entries. Contest rules subject to changes at the discretion of Coolibar®. Facebook® is not affiliated with Coolibar® or this contest.
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It’s back, a new season of “The Big C”, starting on Monday, June 27, 2011 on Showtime.
“The Big C” tells the story of Cathy Jamison, played by Laura Linney (pictured to the left), a wife and mother living in suburbia recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer). Her cancer forces her to shake up her life and find hope and humor in spite of her grim situation.
The show may not always accurately portray the life of someone battling skin cancer; however, it brings the topic to the center stage without scaring off viewers due to its morose background. It’s a comedy, but does not neglect that there is a serious story behind the series. The Skin Cancer Foundation has praised the show’s creator Darlene Hunt and the cast for increasing awareness for melanoma, which when found early, can be treatable. Melanoma is also preventable in some cases by using sun protection, as about 65 percent of melanoma cancers can be attributed to UV radiation according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
An Overview of “The Big C”
Cathy is a high school teacher who, at the start of the series, has been diagnosed with melanoma. Reluctant to burden those closest to her, she keeps it a secret for months, but later eventually reveals she has cancer to her husband and son. Her behavior takes a major turn from her reserved lifestyle as she makes reckless choices in the face of her fatality. At the end of the first season, she decides to undergo interleukin-2 (IL-2), a treatment option for those with Stage IV melanoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 10-16 percent of carefully selected patients on IL-2 regimens respond to the drug, and about 60 percent of those patients’ lives are significantly extended. The second season picks up from here.
Have you watched “The Big C”, and if so, what do you think? Is this a good topic for a television show? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or by commenting below.
Don’t Fry Day, the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, is the perfect day to pack up your sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and sun protection clothes so you’ll be prepared for a sunny holiday weekend. So how do you choose the best sunscreens and sun protection options for you and your family? Join Coolibar for a special Facebook event on Thursday, May 19, 2011 that will help kick-off your summer sun protection plan.
Starting at 1:30pm CST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST) on the Coolibar Facebook Wall, we’ll have Sunscreen Expert Kirk Minster from Fallene, the producer of Cotz and Total Block Sunscreen, available to help you make conscious decisions about the sun protection you use. All sunscreen and sun protection questions are welcome!
If you’re on Facebook, go to the event page and click the “Attending” Button at the top to RSVP today! We’ll give a Coolibar UPF 50+ Hat to one person from our Attending List the day of the event. Ask your own questions during the live Q & A session and you could also win sunscreen! We hope to see you there (if even for a few minutes)!
Fallene, Ltd. produces the most complete full spectrum sun protection available. These products are used not only by medically photo-sensitive individuals, but by those who are concerned about maintaining their skin’s healthy appearance and promoting the integrity of their immune system.
The incidence and prevention of skin cancers has become a global concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that prolonged human exposure to solar UV radiation may result in acute and chronic health effects of the skin, eyes and immune system, including skin cancer. This global epidemic has prompted the first International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention, jointly sponsored by the WHO, the Danish Cancer Society, TrygFonden and the Cancer Council Victoria.
The meeting of the best and brightest in skin cancer prevention took place in Copenhagen, Denmark May 3-5, 2011. The main objective of the conference was to create an active international community working in the field of skin cancer prevention. After three days of sessions and workshops, characterized by engaging presentations and relevant discussion, a list of outcomes was established. A summary of those conference outcomes are listed below.
A comprehensive approach to skin cancer prevention needed.
Communicating sun safety using a multifaceted approach incorporating media channels and initiatives targeting schools and workplaces has been seen to successfully influence behaviour and attitudes. Funding is vital for results.
Vitamin D and sun protection can be combined.
The conclusion was that sun protection and vitamin D are not contradictory and protecting against the sun does not lead to vitamin D deficiency. People should not overexpose themselves to the sun or use sunbeds to increase vitamin D levels.
Sun protection is relevant for everyone.
It is never too late to protect yourself against sunburn and over exposure to the sun. Sunburn and UV exposure both in adulthood and childhood increase the risk of skin cancer. This makes sun protection, such as seeking shade, covering up or wearing sun screen on exposed skin, necessary for everyone, regardless of age.
Tanning beds are harmful.
The message on use of sunbeds was clear: They are harmful and are not recommended as a source of vitamin D. The intense UV exposure from sunbeds has already made the WHO advise against their use for people under 35 years old. Many countries have banned sunbeds for young people under 18 years old while Brazil has even banned their use for everyone regardless of age.
Governments need to prioritize skin cancer prevention.
Governments should give skin cancer prevention the same priority as other health issues such as fighting obesity and increasing exercise levels in the population. Prevention initiatives have been shown to achieve results and cost significantly less than the cost of skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Enjoy the sun but take care during recreational activities.
People living in Northern countries can continue to enjoy the sun as part of their daily lives but should take care to avoid overexposure during their leisure and recreational activities.
This collaboration is a monumental step in the fight against skin cancer. By working together globally, we can share our collective knowledge and resources for the most effective methods of skin cancer prevention. All of us at Coolibar are looking forward to the next conference in 2013 taking place in Berlin Germany.
Patron of the conference HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark gave her support to the conference by taking on the official role as patron and by speaking at the closing event. She is involved in a campaign to raise awareness and sun safe practices among Danes about skin cancer through The Danish Cancer Society.