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Toronto offering free sunscreen at select city parks this summer

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DH Toronto Staff Jun 19, 2019 8:49 am 121

With summer finally within reach, you’ll soon be able to find free sunscreen at select City of Toronto park locations starting this July.

The success of the #BeSunSafe program in waterfront parks last year has prompted the city to expand its public health program providing free sunscreen in select city parks this summer.

The Health Canada-approved SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen will be available at 75 dispensers located in city parks along the waterfront as well as several new locations.

High Park, Riverdale Farm and Evergreen Brick Works dispensers have been added to this year’s program.

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“Protecting and promoting good health is important all year, and especially during summer months. Making sure to apply sunscreen regularly, wearing sunglasses and seeking shade while spending time outdoors are great ways to stay sun-safe in warmer temperatures,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

“This initiative promotes positive health for our residents and visitors and I encourage everyone to enjoy summer activities while taking simple steps to protect themselves and reduce the risk of skin damage this time of year.”

Last year, 50 sunscreen dispensers helped to protect up to 94,000 Torontonians and raised awareness about preventing skin cancer. The 2018 program won the Canadian Dermatology Association Public Education Award.

A location map will be available online once dispensers are installed next month.

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