Make health a part of your daily life
Alberta Health Services provides the support you
need to be proactive in your own health, offering
services and programs for everyone from newborns
You are the most important member of
your health care team. Be active and
educated in your health decisions and
access the resources needed to live a
Family physicians work together with a
wide range of health providers such as
nurse practitioners, dietitians, mental
health specialists and pharmacists who
can all support you to get the right care,
from the right professional, at the right time.
Alberta’s 5-Year Health Action Plan supports high quality wellness
programs that are accessible and sustainable across Alberta.
Your total sun protection plan
At minimum, sun exposure can cause dry skin
and premature aging. At worst, it can lead to skin
cancer, which accounts for one-third of all new
cancer cases in Canada. An estimated 90 per
cent of all skin cancers are associated with sun
yourself from the sun. Others include:
and legs. Dark, tightly woven clothing will absorb
three or higher.
go outside and every two hours after that. And,
don’t skimp. Each application should use at least
one ounce ( 30 millilitres) of sunscreen.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are
strongest. Mow your lawn or work in your garden
in the early morning or evening.
your vitamin D intake. Get that essential
vitamin through a healthy diet that includes
increase your risk of skin cancer by more than
50 per cent.
Shedding light on SPF numbers
Hundreds of people are exposed to ultraviolet rays
to see how long it takes them to burn. It sounds
like the premise for an upcoming horror movie. In
reality, it’s how sun protection factor (SPF) levels
A test group and their skin’s reaction to
ultraviolet rays determine the difference between
SPF 15, 30 or higher.
The first step of calculating SPF is exposing that
how many minutes it takes for skin damage to
step back into the ultraviolet light. The times
recorded in the first and second tests are plugged
into an equation that gives an SPF number for the
sunscreen they were wearing. The simple equation
is: minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF
number = maximum sun exposure time.