Protect Yourself from the Summer Sun

The summertime is upon us. Many families will spend the summer outside and under the sun’s warm rays. Before you step out into the sun, make sure you bring a bottle of sunscreen with you. Skin damage from sunlight builds up with constant sun exposure, and sunburn does not always happen. Also, with the risk of skin cancer and sunburn, other effects can include wrinkling, premature aging, and in time, an almost leathery appearance of the skin. Research also suggests that excessive exposure to the sun may interfere with the body’s immune system.

Sunscreens play an important role in preventing the harmful effects of the sun, along with limiting sun exposure and wearing protective clothing. Any over-the-counter sunscreen product will help in blocking out the sun’s harmful rays.

To help you select products that best suit your needs, sunscreens are labeled with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The higher the SPF number, the more sunburn protection the product provides. Although sunscreen use alone will not prevent all of the possible harmful effects of the sun, having sunscreen applied is still the safest way to go. That is, some protection is better than no protection.

To be effective, sunscreen should be applied liberally and reapplied frequently. If sunscreen is washed off, rubbed off, sweated off, its effectiveness is gone. So, when you are at the beach or pool, cover exposed areas with tightly woven clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face. If you’re a parent, don’t forget to cover your children’s skin. The sun’s rays are the strongest from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so lather up.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ready In: 25 Minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta
  • 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the penne pasta in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes, Italian dressing, basil, red onion, and Parmesan cheese.



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