Miami Beach is blessed with its seven mile stretch of sandy beaches, top notch recreational facilities and extensive network of parks. With all of the fun in the sun available, we have to ensure to balance year-round outdoor fun with serious sun-safety habits.
Last year, we partnered with the City of Miami Beach and Mount Sinai Medical Center in taking an active role in reversing the rising tide of skin cancer by offering free SPF 30 sunscreen in many public areas. The first in the nation to launch such a program, sunscreen dispensers are now available citywide at lifeguard stands, public pools and parks.
As the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, skin cancer impacts five million people each year and costs $8.1 billion in treatment. Most skin cancers can be prevented with appropriate sun protection that includes applying sunscreens with broad spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays), that are water resistant and have an SPF factor of at least 30.
Miami Beach sunscreen dispensers are filled with MB Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen lotion, a water resistant, broad spectrum SPF 30. The three types of sea kelp offer additional skin benefits in helping to replenish proteins and minerals lost in the sun, firm the appearance of the skin and protect against photo-aging.
In response to Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot call to action, Miami Beach is dedicated to continuing its sunscreen dispenser program for at least the next five years to help achieve a decade or more of cancer prevention progress in half the time.
As the sun and fun capital of the world, millions engage in a plethora of outdoor offerings on our urban-island — from relaxing on our internationally-renowned beaches to enjoying our many parks — and we will ensure these recreational activities are being enjoyed safely by maintaining our free sunscreen dispensers citywide.
Public Sunscreen Dispenser Unveiling Ceremony
— First City to Offer its Sunscreen at Public Dispensers, Free of Charge —
When: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Where: 21 Street Beach Entrance
Miami Beach, FL – The City of Miami Beach, who launched its official and exclusive MB Miami Beach Suncare last year, is now installing 50 sunscreen dispensers throughout the city for public use.
Thanks to the support of exclusive sponsor, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and supporting sponsor Destination Brands International, the sunscreen dispensers will be placed at public pools, parks and various beach access points near lifeguard stands for all who visit Miami Beach to use, free of charge.[article-end-block-up]
With the city’s centennial on March 26, 2015, the launch of this program comes just in time to serve as a birthday gift to the community for its 100th anniversary.
“As the fun and sun capital of the world, people engage in the many outdoor activities available from relaxing at the beach to playing on our courts and doing so unprotected can lead to sunburns, which is a major cause of skin cancer,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales. “Public safety is priority and we’re offering this amenity because we care.”
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015.
“As we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the City of Miami Beach, Mount Sinai Medical Center is proud to be an institution within Miami Beach for over 65 years,” said Steve Sonenreich, Mount Sinai President and CEO. “We are pleased to offer these free sunscreen dispensers as part of our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community and its visitors.”
The sunscreen being provided in the dispensers is none other than MB Miami Beach Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion. The light, non-greasy, quick absorbing lotion is SPF 30, broad spectrum to protect from both UVA and UVB rays and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The sea kelp offers unique benefits of helping to restore proteins and minerals lost in the sun, firming the appearance of the skin and helping to protect against photo-aging with its natural sunscreen properties.
“We could not have done this without the support of everyone who buys MB Miami Beach sunscreen,” said Desiree Rodriguez, vice president of sales and marketing for Destination Brands. “Through the portion of proceeds that go towards skin protection education, the MB Foundation is able to fund the free sunscreen being offered in the dispensers.”
As the city celebrates its centennial, this could not be a better time to offer a gift of skin protection and awareness to the millions who enjoy this top global destination each year.
To RSVP for the event, please email info@MiamiBeachSun.com.
Free Sun Protection: Miami Beach’s Birthday Gift to the Community