Thursday, August 24, 2017

New Pilot Program Supplies Free Sunscreen To Visitors At 2 State Parks

This summer, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Department of Health kicked off a new pilot program that provides visitors with free sunscreen at two state parks.  DCNR is supplying free sunscreen for visitors at--
-- Fuller Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County; and
-- The swimming pool at Codorus State Park in York County.
“We recognize that visitors to our lakes, beaches, and pools may overlook sunscreen when packing for a day’s outing, and these dispensers should prove invaluable in a pinch,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.
“In promoting outdoor activity, we’re aware over 8,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each day, and we are extremely grateful that the Department of Health and its Division of Cancer Prevention and Control have partnered with us to support this important pilot project.”
In this pilot project lasting through the summer season, DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks will oversee and maintain sunscreen dispensers.
Two pole-mounted, battery-operated dispensers, supplying 30+ SPF BrightGuard sunscreen applications, are positioned at each park. Sunscreen ingredients are listed on sides of the tamperproof units by the company, which has provided educational training for park staff.
At season’s end, the DCNR Bureau of State Parks will evaluate its pilot program to determine if it will be expanded to other state parks. It also is pursuing opportunities to collaborate with local health organizations for future expansion of the program.
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(Reprinted from the August 23 edition of the Resource newsletter.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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