SunSmart America™ Curriculum
Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention
and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.
The Foundation’s vision is “to educate children throughout the country and give them
the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives.”
As the Foundation grows we will continue to advocate for school districts throughout
the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.
SunSmart America™ Curriculumn
The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation is especially proud of it’s sun safety curriculum SunSmart America™. SunSmart America™ offers age appropriate classroom modules providing knowledge and skills for attitudinal changes to avoid and understand the life threatening issues of over exposure to the sun. This curriculum is available for K-5, Middle School and High School.
In 2002, the Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Miami, received a grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for a 5-year longitudinal study to quantify the success of the SunSmart America™ Elementary School Curriculum. As part of this grant, the Foundation worked closely with students and teachers of twenty schools throughout Palm Beach County. T
his study concluded that the knowledge and attitudes relating to skin cancer among elementary school students who participated in a skin cancer education curriculum for a three year period significantly increased. Therefore, providing emirical support for the need of a school-based sun safety educational intervention. However, the students behavior as it relates to sun safety only increased slightly. As a result, these students would benefit from further interventions.
Integrated Lessons for K-5
Integrated Lessons for Middle School
Integrated Lessons for High School
Palm Beach County Teacher Survey
SunSmart America™ – Teacher Survey (Palm Beach County ONLY)
A printable copy of the curriculums are available in the member area, to access please Register or Login here.
The SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum and Resources help promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
Contact the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.
Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
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2751 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405