“It’s a really nice place for families to come to, but we want to promote sun protection while they’re here,” Defayette said.
Chloe Lemza has been a lifeguard for the Town of Plattsburgh for the last seven years and says people seem to be very receptive of the sunscreen program this summer.
“The free samples are perfect for little kids,” she said. “A lot of these kids are here every day, and they really need the protection (from the sun).”
Lemza believes most parents are making sure their children have sunscreen and are also reapplying the product every couple of hours.
“Families are really good about using sunscreen,” she said, though she reminded parents who are sending their children to the beach for swimming lessons to make sure the kids bring sunscreen they can reapply.
Lemza makes sure she practices what she preaches.
“I put on sunscreen the second I get here,” said Lemza, an exercise-science and mental-health major at the University of Buffalo. “Even on cloudy days, I’ll wear sunscreen.”
Lemza uses SPF 30 for her arms and legs and SPF 45 for her hands and face.
The Health Neighborhoods Program has been in service for county residents for more than two decades and is designed to help improve the personal health, safety and environmental living conditions of residents of the county.
“We go out to the homes and do health and safety inspections for the residents,” Barto said.
Healthy Neighborhoods staff will discuss fire safety, lead in the home, indoor air quality and conditions that may promote asthma, she added.
The program targets specific towns, where staff will go door to door to ask residents if they would like to participate in the free program.
Staff are currently working in the Ellenburg area but will also go to individual homes across the county if people ask for assistance.