FDL County Health Department Gets $10K to Focus on Sun Protection Awareness

The Fond du Lac County Health Department has been awarded
$10,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to focus on proper sun
protection and reducing skin cancer rates in the county. Fond du Lac County has
the 7th highest rate of melanoma skin cancer out of the 72 counties
in Wisconsin, and according to the 2017 Fond du Lac County Community Health Survey
Report, half of adults in the county never or rarely wear sunscreen with an SPF
of 15 or higher when outside on a warm, sunny day. As part of the project, the
Health Department will be working with community partners over the next year to
offer free sunscreen at parks, playgrounds and pools, encourage businesses with
outdoor work sites to offer sunscreen to workers, and to implement a public awareness
campaign to highlight proper protection from the sun. The project in Fond du
Lac County is one of seven projects being funded across the state through the “Taking
Action with Data” funding opportunity.