Rhode Island is putting suncare front and center thanks to a new initiative that brings complimentary, certified natural, environmentally safe sunscreen dispenser stations to all Rhode Island State Beaches and several parks for the 2019 summer season.
Governor Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed joined the Rhode Island Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management, The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, Rhode Island-based South County Dermatology, and Raw Elements USA, a certified natural sunscreen company founded by a long-time Rhode Island lifeguard to offer the complimentary sunscreen stations.
"We feel truly honored to have the opportunity with such amazing partners to bring this public health initiative to the state of Rhode Island," says Brian Guadagno, founder of Raw Elements. "There is such a high density of people enjoying summers here, and now they, as well as state employees, will have access to safe and effective sunscreen literally at their fingertips. This is a huge win for public health and a national example."
Sen. Reed agrees. “Despite the not-so-sunny statistics about the increase in melanoma rates, there are steps we can all take to help prevent skin cancer and using sunscreen is one of the best ways to do that,” says Reed. “These dispensers help raise awareness, encourage healthy habits, and offer beachgoers free sunscreen to protect themselves.”
For more information, visit RI.gov.