The New Mexico Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Program follows recommendations in the Community Guide to Preventive Services and supports schools and organizations around New Mexico that use evidence-based interventions that have proven to positively influence sun protective behaviors in children.
These interventions are designed to increase sun-protective knowledge, attitudes, and intentions, and affect behavior among children from kindergarten through eighth grade. The interventions focus on some combination of increasing application of sunscreen, scheduling activities to avoid peak sun hours, increasing availability of shade and encouraging children to play in shady areas, and encouraging children to wear sun-protective clothing.
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. is a portal that provides access to data and research-tested resources that can help planners, program staff, and researchers to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based cancer control programs. Click here for information about a number of evidence-based programs designed to increase sun protective behaviors in children available for use in your community.