With the summer season well on its way, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is announcing to residents that ‘we’ve got them covered’ while out enjoying our township’s beautiful beaches, parks and pools. Hempstead Town has partnered with South Nassau Communities Hospital to protect our neighbors from the strong summer sun by stationing 25 free sunscreen dispensers at all town beaches and pools. At a beachside press conference announcing the new initiative, Santino was joined by South Nassau Communities Hospital President & CEO Richard J. Murphy and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adhi Sharma, Senior Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.
“How many times do you arrive at the beach or local pool only to find out that the pesky sunscreen lotion was left at home?” said Santino. “It’s not worth taking the risk of spending an entire day in the sun without protection, that is why we’re making sure our residents stay covered this summer.”
Beginning this summer, Hempstead Town will station 25 free sunscreen dispensers filled with Miami Beach Suncare SPF 30 Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion at all town beaches and pools. The sunscreen is being made available through a $25,000 grant from South Nassau Communities Hospital to Hempstead Town. Each dispenser holds approximately a quart of sunscreen and will be refilled regularly to ensure that protection will be available for those who need it. The dispensed sunscreen is guaranteed to be water-resistant for eighty minutes, so remember to reapply after taking a dip!
“This is simply a reminder that sunscreen is important in the summer,” said Councilwoman Goosby. “Now there’s no excuse to risk your health while at one of our beautiful beaches or pools.”
The dispensers are being provided by Destination Brands International, makers of Miami Beach Suncare.
D’Esposito observed, “Using sunscreen is an easy and practical way to help prevent skin cancer and the other dangers associated with sun exposure. This initiative could very well save someone’s life.”
This initiative is an extension of the Supervisor’s Sun Safety Program that was kicked off last year when he distributed 2,500 packets of sunscreen to local beachgoers. The program also included bottles of 30 SPF sunscreen that were given to each of the nearly 600 lifeguards employed by Hempstead Town. Last year’s program went over with great success, so much so that the packets did not last the entire season. With Santino’s new initiative and South Nassau Communities Hospital’s financial backing, there will be plenty of sunscreen available and no risk of running out of the sun protecting ointment. What’s more, the town and South Nassau are prepared to beat each year’s summer sun with this recurring program.
“Supervisor Santino and the Town of Hempstead deserve a lot of credit for leading the way on this important public health initiative,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s President & CEO. “As a result of this new program, residents of the south shore will enjoy a safer summer by having easier access to sunscreen. South Nassau is pleased to partner with the Supervisor and the town to help keep residents and lifeguards protected from potentially harmful exposure to the sun.”
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined over the past three decades, listing melanoma as the most lethal form of skin cancer. However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that most skin cancers are easily preventable. Risk factors to remember are long periods of sun exposure, tanning beds, having fair skin and a history of blistering sunburns. Recommended steps to reduce your risk of contracting skin cancer include using sunscreen, avoiding exposure to the sun’s rays during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., wearing broad brimmed hats and UV-protecting sunglasses and covering up with clothing.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that this sunscreen program will definitely prevent people from getting cancer, and that means we are also saving lives,” Santino concluded. “I want to thank Richard Murphy and South Nassau Communities Hospital for partnering with our town and making this program possible.”