Reid Health donation promotes skin safety in the park
Reid Health and Reid Health Community Benefit have teamed up to provide a sunscreen station in Jack Elstro Plaza in downtown Richmond.
Health purchased the dispenser, and Community Benefit is funding the sunscreen
-- including refills as needed. The dispenser was provided to Richmond Parks and
Recreation and stationed in the plaza in time for the Farmers' Market, future
festivals, events and concerts. The station will also be useful when the Spray
Plaza is up and going again in 2021.
Stone, M.D., dermatologist with Reid ENT, said sunscreen and protection are
extremely important, especially for kids. "There is no such thing as a healthy
tan. Any change in the color of your skin, either from sunburn or tan,
indicates your skin is being damaged by the sun. And sunburns are particularly harmful
Dr. Stone cites many benefits in the use of sunscreen, including reducing risk of skin cancer and having fewer wrinkles. Since the sun is a source of Vitamin D, she suggests being sure to get enough through diet and good nutrition.
Angela Cline, Reid Health's Director of Community Benefit, said the station is a product of Sunshield, Inc., designed to promote skin safety to park visitors. "Reid Health Community Benefit strives to increase physical activity in our community and to provide access to free fitness opportunities. We have been pleased to partner on many initiatives located in Jack Elstro Plaza since it opened."
example, Community Benefit last summer funded outdoor gaming tables for ping
pong, chess and foosball. "We have been a proud supporter of the Farmer's
Market—Double Dollars Program, every year. We understand that with more
and more people enjoying this outdoor space, we all need to practice good skin
safety, and wear sunscreen, making this sunscreen station a perfect fit!"
Retz, Park Superintendent, said the station is a good addition to the park.
"While Jack Elstro Plaza is a great place to gather, there is little shade at
this time. The Parks and Recreation Department values the partnership with our
local health system and the extra miles they go for the health and well-being
of our community."
Retz also reminds park visitors to include
sunscreen in their trips outside, and to continue use of hand sanitizer and
disinfectant wipes as well. "Keep your health and your children's health a
"Any change in the color of your skin, either from sunburn or tan, indicates your skin is being damaged by the sun. And sunburns are particularly harmful to children." - Leigh Stone, M.D., dermatologist