Sunscreen and You

To avoid the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we’re often advised to wear sunscreen whenever we go outside. And, with skin cancer being the most common type of cancer in the United States, wearing sunscreen is of the utmost importance.

Recent changes mandated by the Food and Drug Administration have made sunscreen selection a lot easier. Under the new rules, sunscreen can only claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if it is both broad-spectrum and has an SPF of 15 or higher.

Sunscreen that is not broad-spectrum or has an SPF of less than 15 can only claim to prevent sunburn and must include a warning stating it cannot prevent skin cancer or early aging. Sunscreen products also can no longer claim to be waterproof, only water-resistant, and labels must note a time limit of either 40 or 80 minutes before the sunscreen is ineffective.

For more information on sunscreen, visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website.

Did You Know?

The average adult needs to use 1 ounce of sunscreen every time they apply it to adequately cover their body.

This is roughly equivalent to the amount needed to fill a standard shot glass.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 212
Total Fat 10 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 368 mg
Total Sugars 10 g

Source: USDA

Cucumber Blueberry Salad



  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium cucumber (chopped)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • ¼ medium red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup crumbled reduced-fat Feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread


  • 1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all salad ingredients, except bread.
  3. When ready to serve, add vinaigrette to salad and toss.
  4. Toast bread and then cut into four pieces.

Makes: 4 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.