About the SunWise Program
To promote sun-safe behavior at an early age, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) developed the SunWise Program, a free
national environmental and health education program for children.
Through the use of classroom, school, and community components,
SunWise promotes sun safety by teaching children and their caregivers
how to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet
(UV) radiation.

The program is designed for kindergarten through eighth-grade
learning levels. Any K-8 school can participate.

By joining EPAs SunWise Program, participants will have access to
useful tools to help teach sun-safe behaviors in the classroom, such as:

• The SunWise Tool Kit — providing a range of cross-curricular
  lessons, activities, and background information for K-8 children.

• The SunWise Internet Learning Site (www.epa.gov/sunwise) —
  an interactive medium with web-based educational activities and

• Additional materials, puzzles, posters, and activities, such as the
  "Mission SunWise" storybook and activity book.

Register today to receive your free SunWise Tool Kit by
visiting www.epa.gov/sunwise.

"Welcome to the SunWise Club," said Amy.

"Everybody, meet Carlos and Lisa. They're new to the neighborhood.
 They want to join our club," said Kelly.

"They heard the SunWise Club has fun being sun safe," said Erin.

"We do have fun! We have secret missions and adventures," said Brian.
"When we finish a mission we get awesome rewards."

"What's our secret mission for today?" asked Sam.

"Today our mission is to help Carlos and Lisa become SunWise.
 When they're SunWise, we'll get our prize!" said Amy.

"Why should I be Sun Wise?" asked Lisa.

"The sun is a star," said Kelly. "It does many good things that help
 plants and animals on Earth."

"The sun gives light so we can see, it  keeps us warm, and it helps
 plants grow."

"Even though we need the sun, sometimes too much sunlight can be
 bad for people."

"We must protect ourselves from special rays of the sun called
 ULTRAVIOLET RAYS. Ultraviolet rays are also called UV RAYS."

"That's right!" said Amy, "You can't see or feel UV rays, but they are there,
 even on cloudy days. UV rays can hurt your skin and eyes. It doesn't matter
 if your skin is light or dark. UV rays can cause you harm."

"The sky has  a built-in shield called the OZONE LAYER. The ozone layer
 keeps most of the UV rays from reaching the Earth. It is like an umbrella
 that blocks the rain. The ozone layer does not stop ALL the UV rays from
 reaching you. That's why it is important that we protect ourselves and be

"UV rays are strongest in the middle of the day. It's a good idea to stay out
 of the sun during that time if you can - ESPECIALLY if you're not

"OK," Carlos said, "Now I know WHY I need sun protection. But what can
 I do to be Sun Wise? How can I protect myself from UV rays?"

"It's easy!" said Kelly. You just need to remember to SLIP! SLOP! SLAP!
 and WRAP!,™ CHECK the UV INDEX! and PLAY in the SHADE!"
"SLIP on a shirt.
 Wear a long-sleeve
 shirt and pants to
 cover as much skin
 on your body as you
 can," said Amy.
"SLOP on a
 sunscreen of at least
 SPF 15. Spread it on
 your face, arms, legs,
 and any other skin
 that the sun's UV
 rays can reach," said
 Sam. "Remember to
"SLAP on the right
 kind of hat. A good
 hat will keep UV
 rays from reaching
 your face, ears, and
 back of your neck,"
 said Brian.

"For each Sun Wise step you take,
 you earn a badge. If you earn
 enough badges, you can join our
 club," said Kelly. "We'll help you!"
"WRAP on some
 Sunglasses protect
 your eyes," said
 INDEX. We'll show
 you how! The UV
 Index will tell you
 how strong the UV
 rays are," said Sam.
"And PLAY in the
 SHADE. If you're
 in the shade, you're
 protected from some
 of the UV rays," said

"Before we go outside, it's important to CHECK the UV Index," said Brian.

"What's the UV Index?" asked Lisa.
"The UV Index is a prediction of
 how strong the UV rays will be,"
 said Amy. "Just like we can check
 to see if it is going to rain or snow,
 we can check the forecast for UV
 rays. The UV Index is reported on
 a scale of 1-11+.  The higher the
 number, the stronger the UV rays
 reaching Earth, and the more sun
 protection we need."
 Index Number  Exposure Level
  2 or Less
              Very High
The higher the UV Index, the more
 important it is to be SunWise.
                                               "You can find the UV Index
                                                in many places. It's in the
                                                weather section of the
                                                newspaper and on TV and
                                                radio weather reports. You
                                                can also find it on the
                                                SunWise website at

                                               "You can earn a SunWise
                                                badge by CHECKING the
                                                UV Index every day," Brian

"How's this?" Carlos asked. "Is this SunWise?"

"That's OK," said Amy, "but THIS ONE is better."

 Remember, cover as much skin as possible to be SunWise. What other
 clothes are the most SunWise?

"Time to SLOP on some sunscreen," said Kelly.

"Here's some! This is what my mom uses. What does this number '15'
 mean?" asked Lisa.

"The numbers tell you how much protection that sunscreen will give you,"
 Sam said. "You should always use number 15 or higher. SLOPPING on
 sunscreen will help protect your skin from UV rays. Remember to SLOP
 on a lot and reapply it often."

"Time to SLAP on a hat and WRAP on some sunglasses. Which hat should I
 wear?" asked Carlos.

"Pick one that blocks the most sun from your head, face, and neck," said Kelly.

 Which hat do YOU think is the most Sun Wise?

"When you are outside, try to PLAY in the SHADE," said Sam.

"You know one way to tell when the sun's rays are strong?" Kelly asked. "It's
 when your shadow is shorter than your body."

"Can you find the shady places in this picture?" asked Erin. "You can earn a
 badge by finding all the shady places to play."

"OK, Lisa and Carlos, how SunWise are you? How many badges have you

 earned?" asked Brian.
"We each earned SIX badges!" said Lisa.

        "We SLIPPED on long shirts and pants,

        We SLOPPED on sunscreen,

        We SLAPPED on good hats,

        We WRAPPED on some sunglasses,

    ~'&; We CHECKED the UV INDEX, and

    -^ We PLAYED in the SHADE."

"We're sun safe and SunWise now," said Carlos.

"AND we completed our Secret Mission!" said Amy. "I wonder what our prize is?"
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"A trip to the amusement park! That's our prize!" said Amy.

"Welcome to the Sun Wise Club, Lisa and Carlos!" said Erin.

"Thanks!" said Lisa and Carlos, together.

"Everyone can join the SunWise Club. You just have to learn to be

 SunWise," said Brian.

"Remember: Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!,™ Check the UV Index, and Play in

 the Shade!" said Sam.

The SunWise Program would like to thank the American Cancer Society for their ongoing support
            and for allowing us to use their "SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! WPvAP!"™ slogan.

                SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! WRAP!™ is a trademark of the American Cancer Society, Inc.

United States
Environmental Protection
Office of Air and
Radiation (6205J)
EPA 430-K-09-003
April 2010
                           is a star that helps plants and

   animals on Earth. It gives us light so we can see,

   it keeps us warm, and it helps plants grow. We

   need the sun, but too  much sunlight can be bad

   for people.

   This book introduces young children to basic concepts about the sun and sun safety. Students will
   enjoy following members of the Sun Wise Club as they show their friends basic steps they should
   take to practice SunWise behavior.

   Mission SunWise! and the accompanying Coloring and Activity Book are part of the
   Environmental Protection Agency's free SunWise Program. For more information on SunWise,
   visit our Web site at www.epa.gov/sunwise.