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Sun protection program increases hat use among 4th graders
Date:3/26/2010

r settings, like during sporting events, at the beach, or when they are with friends," he said, "you have to persuade parents and siblings to be role models and reinforce the health behavior."

The study found no measurable differences in skin pigment melanin between the small sample of students in the intervention and control groups. Researchers may get a better picture of the effect of hat use on skin health once the second-year results of the program are analyzed, Dr. Roetzheim said. That's because the appearance or growth of moles, which happens more slowly, may be a more precise a measure of sun damage than changes in skin pigment, he said.

Future projects should integrate the sun protection program across all grades, Dr. Roetzheim added. "The next step is changing the attitudes and behavior of children so wearing hats outside becomes part of the schoolwide culture and that's more challenging, especially with older students."


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