May 24*: Don’t Fry Day


Today’s holiday has nothing to do with high cholesterol or fried chicken (mmmm!!!). Instead Don’t Fry Day is held every year on the Friday before Memorial Day to encourage everyone to avoid sunburns and “practice good sun safety.”

While I doubt that anyone actually enjoys smearing that gooey, smelly sunscreen all over, I’m pretty sure we also all feel rather strongly about not getting skin cancer! Actually, I’ve never tanned in my life, because my skin is so fair it just skips immediately to pink, painful burns. If you’ve forgotten since last summer, sunburns are painful and dangerous, so take care.

sun sign in sand

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention recommends the following protective measures: slip, slop, slap, and wrap.

  • Slip on a shirt,
  • Slop on sunscreen,
  • Slap on a hat, and
  • Wrap on sunglasses.

So, go enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and your summer, just don’t forget about your skin!

“They will neither hunger nor thirst,
nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
and lead them beside springs of water.”
Isaiah 49:10

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