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Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
11891 Magnolia Falls Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32258

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Sun Defense Essay Contest > 2012 Sun Defense Essay Contest Winners

TThe Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery's National Skin Education Foundation recently held its Fifth Annual Sun Defense essay contest among elementary schools throughout the state of Florida. The purpose of the FSDDS Florida Sun Defense Essay Contest is to educate elementary school-age children and their parents about the importance of sun safety and to promote literacy.. We wish we had the ability to award a shade structure to each of schools that submitted an essay. It was hard to narrow it down to three winners!! We are proud of everyone who participated and we hope to receive more great essays next year!


A special thank you to the following companies for their support and donations to the FSDDS fourth annual contest:

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Apollo Sun Guard Systems (
Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc. is the perfect solution for all your shade needs. As shade innovators, our mission is to provide superior protection from solar radiation and heat, while promoting cool comfort, sun safety, healthy living and environment preservation. Our environmentally-friendly products support a green living philosophy by reducing the amount of energy resources required for cooling people, pets & property.

Coolibar (
Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia's world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees 50+ UPF ratings for the life of their garments. Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics. Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection. Coolibar Cares, the company's giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations. For information about Coolibar, go to or call 1-800-926-6509.

Blue Lizard (
Blue Lizard is dedicated to promoting healthy skin and reducing incidence of skin cancer. We are strictly a sunscreen company and always will be. You will never find products here that encourage natural tans. If you want to be bronzed, do it the healthy way – by slathering on Blue Lizard and self-tanner before you go outside.

Sunday Afternoons (
Since 1992, when UV awareness was just beginning to gain national attention, Sunday Afternoons has been there designing both technical and lifestyle sun hats and clothing. We pioneered the development of hats with neck capes featuring innovative designs, and hi tech UV resistant fabrics, for ultimate comfort and function. Our selections includes many patented sport specific models all the way to high fashion silhouettes. With recommendations by more than 3000 dermatologists nationwide, Sunday Afternoons product brochures can be found in clinic waiting rooms of medical offices in every state. Our philosophy encourages healthy outdoor living while using adequate sun protective and prevention measures. Enjoy the sun...protect your skin.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (

UVSunSense (
UVSunSense, LLC manufactures a UV monitoring wristband which acts as real-time dosimeter gauges to alert users about their exposure risk. UVSunSense is available in the United States in most traditional food and drug retail outlets, and is launched internationally for Summer 2010 in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The wristbands were nominated for a Juli B. Design Award and are a product sponsor of the Spring 2010 thru 2012 Play Sun Smart program with Major League Baseball. UVSunSense wristbands do not contain any sunscreen, nor do they protect against sunburn. For more information, please visit

Neutrogena (
Neutrogena® advances skin and hair care science through continuous support of the medical community and through the development of clinically proven products that fulfill the skin care needs of physicians, nurses and patients. Please visit our website for information about recent additions to the Neutrogena® product line.

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