Prevention & Screening
Prevention and Screening
Sun Safety in the School Community:

A Tool Kit for Public Health Staff in Nova Scotia

In response to requests from Public Health staff for credible and accessible information on sun safety for the school community, Cancer Care Nova Scotia has prepared a binder-format toolkit that includes background information on sun safety issues like UV radiation, risk reduction, artificial tanning, spray tans, etc., with tools that include fact sheets, presentations, curriculum guides and policy supports. They reflect the most current evidence and practice, and are from trusted, recognized sources.

Encouraging safer sun practices in our children and youth

A comprehensive school health approach recognizes the influence of the school, family and broader community in the promotion of healthy choices. The resources included in this toolkit reflect this reality and are intended to support public health staff in addressing skin cancer prevention and the importance of sun safety with administrators, teachers, parents and/or students.

Toolkits are available in public health offices and youth health centres

A printed, full-version binder of this toolkit can be accessed through public health offices and youth health centres in each district. Links are provided below to the components of the toolkit. Where noted, items are available in both French and English.

Toolkit Resources and Links Fact Sheets on...

Sunbeds, Tanning and UV Exposure
English  |  French

Recognized Sunscreens (Canadian Dermatology Association)
English  |  French

Canadian Dermatology Association Sunscreen Criteria
English  |  French

Classroom Activities - Elementary Grades
Sun Safety Activities and Projects 

Presentation: Skin Cancer Statistics and Facts

Skin Cancer Statistics

WHO Information Series on School Health

Global Disease Burden from Solar Ultraviolet Radiation
English  |  French

UltaViolet Radiation
English  |  French

Sun Protection: An Essential Element of Health-Promoting Schools

Sun Protection and Schools - How to Make a Difference
English  |  French

Sun Protection - A Primary Teaching Resource
English  |  French

Evaluating School Programs to Promote Sun Protection
English  |  French

Artificial Tanning Sunbeds - Risks and Guidance
English  |  French

Resource List
Organizations and Programs
Glossary of Terms

Sun Safe Nova Scotia

Did you know?

Compared to young children, older children (ages 6-12) not only spend more time in the sun, but are also less likely to be protected from the sun.

Sunburn is an indicator of skin damage.

The risk of sunburn is highest in younger adults (ages 16-44) and older children (ages 6-12).

National Sun Survey Highlights Report (July, 2008)