What do DC United soccer players and our kids have in common?
When you attend a DC United game in May you will notice Skin Cancer Awareness Month is an important theme. The color of bright orange will be featured prominently to signify the campaign, from banners to the players’ sweatbands. Official match balls will bear the decal, and the MLS ball kids are wearing special orange shirts, as modeled by my Eve.
By the way, be sure to sign up for the free DC United’s Kids Club, or the Premium $25 Kids Club that includes a free ticket and swag, if you have soccer players in the house!
The constant applying sunscreen in the summer is a habit that my kids have to relearn each season when the temps rise and the sun shines stronger. But it is so important: despite everything we know, melanoma rates in DC are on the rise and have increased 38 percent in the past decade.
And scarily, just one or two bad sunburns as a kid doubles a person’s risk of skin cancer.
This summer, sunscreen starts with me. I am going to religiously apply it to myself in front of my children…before I chase my kids down with the bottle and spray can. Studies have shown that kids are more likely to adopt healthy habits such as applying sunscreen if they see their moms applying it on themselves.
Although I will keep my job as Alice’s cabana girl and always apply her sunscreen, Charlie and Eve are old enough to apply their own sunscreen each day. We are talking about how important it is to reapply it when we are outdoors all day or swimming at the pool. I am not with them every minute this summer, so I am trying my best to instill those good habits now.