Prevention

Guest Post: A Promise to My Daughter

January 6, 2014 | Categories: Prevention

Our Education Program Manager Shelby Moneer writes, “I'd always heard that 'everything changes when you have a baby.' While I expected that to be true, I never thought I would be impacted in so many ways by the presence of a little, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked baby girl named Ava."

Guest Post: Not Pretty? No Problem. Buy a Tan!

November 14, 2013 | Categories: Prevention

Our National Director of Volunteer Services, Mary Antonucci, writes: "How’s this for a business strategy— take the fact some women tend to suffer from low self-esteem, particularly when it comes to their appearance, find out when women are likely to be feeling the worst about themselves, then launch an advertising campaign for beauty products meant to make people feel more attractive during those times!"

Guest Post: Pale Girl Tips for a Sun Safe School Year

September 11, 2013 | Categories: Prevention

Pale Girl SPEAKS' Hillary Fogelson shares tips for teaching important sunscreen habits in time for the new school year.

"Science" for Hire

October 13, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

The story is told of two friends walking down a country lane.  One was a merchant, the other a scientist.  The merchant looks into the adjacent field and comments, “Those cows sure are a pretty shade of brown.”  The scientist replies, “Well, we only know they are brown on this side.”

A Hero in Every Household

August 22, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

Many years ago, I saved my wife’s life.  Not in that hyperbolic figurative way people talk about when you fix a flat tire in the rain or take them to the airport when the cab is late.  It was in a literal way – that very real, pulse-pounding, act-quickly-or-this-could-go-very-bad kind of way.    

Stronger than Iron

June 19, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

Being a triathlete is something of a movement these days.  It follows in the wake of several years’ fascination with running marathons, but takes it a step further. The MRF recently formed a new partnership with the company most closely associated with the sport—Ironman.

Teaching Our Kids Right From Wrong

May 4, 2012 | Categories: News, Prevention

Nobody has ever accused me of being at a loss for words. Ever. But I got awfully close to speechless when I saw the story of a New Jersey mom arrested for putting her daughter into a tanning booth at a salon. Many of the facts around the story are in dispute, though nobody is contradicting what the school nurse saw. A little girl with a serious sunburn. The girl told the nurse that her mom took her tanning.

Where Can You Find Idaho’s State Senate on Twitter? Try #FAIL.

March 28, 2012 | Categories: Prevention

 

In a reversal of what has become something of a national trend, the Idaho State Senate rejected a bill passed by the House that would have prohibited children under the age of 16 from going to indoor tanning salons, and required parental permission for children aged 16 and 17.  Idaho, meanwhile, has the highest melanoma rates in the country.

Fighting Dirty

February 8, 2012 | Categories: Events, News, Policy, Prevention, Research

I read the report from Congress’ House Energy and Commerce Committee with great interest.  They used interns to call 300 tanning salons—at least 3 in each state and the District of Columbia—and asked salon staff questions about tanning safety.  Presenting themselves as a 16 year old girl with blond hair and fair skin, they asked if tanning was dangerous and how much they could tan.

A Man and His Daughter: A Chance to Make a Great Catch

October 12, 2011 | Categories: Prevention

He was not what you would expect to see at an NFL game.  It wasn’t the way he was dressed.  After all, people put on the wackiest clothes for a game.  He had on the team shirt, was dressed in the team colors.  It was more the expression on his face—a look of deep concern, of worry.

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