Translation of a Ski School Sun Safety Program to North American Ski and Snowboard Schools

Barbara J. Walkosz, David B. Buller, Peter A. Andersen, M. D. Scott, X. Liu, G. R. Cutter, M. B. Dignan

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Health promotion programs that develop and implement strategies to promote sun safety practices to children have the potential to reduce skin cancer occurrence later in life. Go Sun Smart (GSS), a sun safety program for employees and guests of ski areas, was distributed to determine if an enhanced dissemination strategy was more effective than a basic dissemination strategy at reaching parents at ski and snowboard schools. On-site observations of GSS use and surveys of 909 parents/caregivers with children enrolled in ski and snowboard schools at 63 ski areas were conducted and analyzed using techniques for clustered designs. No differences were identified by dissemination strategy. Greater implementation of GSS (>5 messages posted) was associated with greater parental recall, 36.6% versus 16.7%, of materials, but not greater sun protection practices. Greater recall of messages, regardless of level of implementation, resulted in greater sun protection practices including applying sunscreen (p.05), providing sunglasses and goggles (p.01), and more use of all sun protection practices (p.01). Ski areas with more program materials appeared to reach parents with sun safety advice and thus convinced them to take more precautions for their children. Sun safety need not be at odds with children’s outdoor recreation activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-570
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 11 2015

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  • campaign
  • dissemination
  • implementation
  • physical activity
  • sun safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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