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Houston First to Test Community Sun Safety Program

Release Date: 08/04/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355 /

(8/4/05) Houston Mayor Bill White announces that his city will be the nation's first "SunWise City" -- expanding EPA's sun-safety awareness program from the classroom to the community. SunWise Cities is an EPA pilot initiative that seeks to raise awareness about sun safety on a community-wide basis. SunWise Cities builds on the agency's SunWise School Program, currently in place in 12,000 K-8 schools across the country. The program's aim is to protect people UV overexposure with simple steps and heightened awareness. By encouraging the community to use sunscreen, wear hats and sunglasses, seek shade when the sun is at it strongest, the program's goal is to prevent skin cancer, cataracts and other adverse health effects associated with UV radiation from the sun. To become a SunWise City or for more information on the SunWise program, visit: