Outdoor Center Joins Free Sunscreen Dispenser Program

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A free sunscreen dispenser at Crystal Beach in Castleton is similar to the one now installed near the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s Activity Center.

CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Outdoor Center now has a dispenser where visitors can get free sunscreen as part of a Vermont program to bring greater awareness to the importance of sun protection.

The dispenser is located by the activity center.

Vermont has the nation’s second-highest incidence rate of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. According to the Vermont Department of Health, exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds is a major risk factor for developing melanoma.

The purpose of these free sunscreen stations is two-fold: to provide easy access to SPF 30 sunscreen as well as remind Vermont residents and visitors that sun protection is critical to their optimal health and sun safety is in their hands.

Vermont’s community sunscreen program first launched in 2018 in 18 Vermont State Parks and eight municipal locations, as part of the Skin Cancer Taskforce. Last year, 12 parks and recreation sites across the state were chosen to receive a free sunscreen dispenser and this year, the program expanded with the addition of 16 new dispenser sites.

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