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Safe, healthy living conditions to citizens is right to life: SC – The Nation

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued a written order of the coronavirus suo moto case and urged the government to take urgent measures for tackling risks crisis from the virus.

It is obvious that this coronavirus (Covid-19) has come as an additional burden on the government of Pakistan and the manner in which this virus has started spreading in Pakistan, has set the alarm bell ringing. This virus being new, there was no readiness of the government to deal with the same, nor the necessary medical equipment were available to face the growing number of infected cases, read the written order issued by the five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed during the hearing of the suo motu case related to the coronavirus crisis in the country.

The written order further stated that the government did take immediate steps to tackle this virus and mitigate its effects on the people of Pakistan, and in this regard, a colossal amount of money was diverted and utilized.

We admit that Pakistan has a struggling economy and coronavirus (Covid-19) made it more staggering. However, we note that the people of Pakistan have a fundamental right, namely, right to life, under which Government of Pakistan is required to provide to the people of Pakistan safe and healthy living conditions, it added.

Referring to Article 149 (1) and (4), the order further stated that the executive authority of all the provinces are mandatorily required to be exercised so as not to impede or prejudice the exercise of the executive authority of the federation and the executive authority of the federation shall extend to giving directions to provinces, as may appear necessary to the government.

The executive authority of the federation shall also extend to giving of directions to provinces as to the manner in which the executive authority of the provinces is to be exercised for the purpose of preventing any grave menace to the peace or tranquility or economic life of Pakistan or any part thereof.

Obviously, the coronavirus (Covid-19) is a grave menace to the peace, tranquility and economic life of Pakistan, and thus, the executive authority of the federation shall stand extended to giving of the directions to the provinces to prevent the menace, the order maintained.

The court also directed that salaries of all the sanitary staff should be paid by all the governments and local governments including, HDA.

The pension of the sanitary staff shall also be paid. The salaries and pensions shall be released and paid in full within two days. The conditions of sanitary staff, employed by the contractors, shall also be examined. The sanitary, being a core work of the government, we fail to understand as to how this work is being done by awarding contracts. Apparently, such contracts are mere sham contracts and this court on the next date of hearing will examine this issue.

All government departments are further directed in the order to file copies of the contracts with the contractors employing sanitary employees before the court. All their dues shall also be paid by the contractors positively within two days and if not done so by the contractors, the same be done by the respective governments. Let a compliance report in this regard be also submitted to the court, the order added. The court will resume hearing of the case on June 8.

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Peter Alfond Foundation endows $48 million dollars for community health in the Kennebec Valley – WABI

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The Peter Alfond Foundation has made a $48 million investment to support community health in the Kennebec Valley region.

A $40 million endowment will allow MaineGeneral Health to support preventive health programs, including the expansion of services for the newly renamed 'Peter Alfond Prevention and Healthy Living Center.'

The center provides free and low cost classes on healthy cooking, physical activity, and more.

It will also provide for a team of community health workers who will go to worksites and other locations to provide services.

MaineGeneral Health administration noted the funding comes at a critical time, allowing them to focus operational dollars on COVID-19 response without neglecting community health initiatives.

Another eight-million dollar endowment will go to the Alfond Youth and Community Center in Waterville.

Barbara Crowley, MD, Peter Alfond Foundation Endowment Leader for MaineGeneral Health says it's a gift that will continue long into the future.

"We'll take five percent a year, and if we're good stewards of this money, it will go on for generations. So what we start here today will matter for three and four and five generations. So I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. This community is very lucky, and we are very grateful to the children of Peter Alfond."

Ken Walsh, CEO of the Alfond Youth & Community Center says the endowment is going to make a huge difference."This gift will continue to cement our relationship with MaineGeneral Health and bring the best practices of wellness to central Maine."

The Peter Alfond Foundation also provided ten million dollars in endowments to the Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico and two million dollars to the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative in Massachusetts.

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Healthy Eating And Lifestyle Modifications – Modern Ghana

It is better to fight this battle fully armored as established in the last article rings a deafening bell. This bell churns no other sound than that of healthy living and lifestyle changes.

Healthy living and lifestyle modifications are mainly denoted by adaptation to healthy eating and appropriate dietary habits.

As a Dietician and Nutrition expert in Ghana, I must admit that a huge chunk of the population hardly sees the need of identifying discrepancies in dietary patterns which is worrisome to denote as an acknowledgement of the problem is the first step to achieving dietary and lifestyle modifications.

The average Ghanaian meal consists of a 70:30 ratio of starchy Carbohydrates to Protein. In extreme cases, an 85:15 ratio of the above nutrients respectively.

There is absolutely no doubt of the importance of starchy carbohydrates in our meal, however, evidenced-based nutrition researches have pointed out the connection between overconsumption of starchy carbohydrates and the rise of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc.

This is a cause for alarm especially in settings like Ghana, where starchy carbohydrates make up the bulk of our meals.

Could that be a reason for the current rise in lifestyle conditions especially diabetes among all age groups in Ghana? Unfortunately, I can not pinpoint that alone as the ultimate cause in the rise of NCDs as age, race, genetic factors and family history can be contributing risk factors.

What I do know and can attest to, however, is the positive role of healthy and balanced meals in the fight against lifestyle diseases. A healthy balanced meal will provide you with adequate fuel to go through the day and perform a daily activity with sharpness, accuracy, and efficiency.

This is because a balanced diet contains the entire food nutrients in the right proportion, tailored to meet our daily nutritional requirements.

In a balanced meal, nonstarchy carbohydrates which is basically vegetables should form the largest portion of that meal, starchy carbohydrates such as our banku, rice, yam, fufu, should be taken in moderate quantities followed by protein, whether a first-class (egg, meat, fish, etc) or second class (nuts and legumes).

Sources of fat and oil should be carefully analyzed. Quantities of lipids in food should be limited as much as possible.

Fruits are essential for the provision of various vitamins and minerals and should be consumed frequently especially in these times as the quest for immune boosts are on the rise.

The quantity of these fruits, however, should be taken into consideration as overconsumption of fructose over long periods of time can be detrimental to our health.

The appropriate adjustments in 3 dimensions of healthy eating, namely, Time, Quality, and Quantity go a long way in the actualization of positive dietary modifications.

Contextualizing healthy living and eating in the Ghanaian setting as purpose in this article will never be complete without local examples of this said meal.

Below is a sample menu of balanced Ghanaian meals. These meals are unquantified general examples and not targeted at any group of persons. I will like to encourage all persons with lifestyle diseases to seek help from a professional such as a Dietician for the planning of a quantified, standardized, individualized dietary plan as per your personal caloric needs, medical conditions, and dietary goals.

The writer Ama Pokua Opoku Afriyie, RD. LD. is a Registered and Licensed Dietician

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‘Raw Sugar Living’ Honors COVID-19 Front Line Heroes with Mural of Gratitude on Company HQ Building – PRNewswire

On April 28, 2020 local artist, Karen Chandlerbegan painting the art piece, which embodied her signature vibrant style and featured colorful pop-art images of nurses wearing masks and sunglasses. Just two weeks later, on Friday, May 15, the completed mural was officially dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring local healthcare professionals and all essential workers.

"This mural is a powerful tribute to all those who are tirelessly sacrificing their lives to protect so many other lives, and celebrates everybody from the Sarasota Heroes, the first responders, scientists, lab technicians and the food banks, to the essential workers, retail clerks, production workers and truck drivers," said Ronnie Shugar, Co-Founder & CEO, Raw Sugar Living. "From all of us at Raw Sugar, thank you."

Adds Donda Mullis, Co-Founder & CMO, Raw Sugar Living,

"From the start of Raw Sugar, our foundation has always been about leading with love and heart. We are a brand that stands for kindness, respect, contribution and gratitudenot just in our words but through our actions. We are humbled to have been part of this mural project to honor and lift up each and every person who is using their gifts and talents to help us all rise together."

The mural is available for public viewing at the Raw Sugar Living building at 1717 2ndSt. in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida.

Learn more about Raw Sugar Living at https://rawsugarliving.com/.

About Raw Sugar Living

Based in Sarasota, Florida, Raw Sugar Living is an aspirational lifestyle personal care brand that makes clean, premium and healthy living products affordably. Since 2014, the company mainstreams premium-quality and vegan-friendly personal care products, recognized by their signature 'Bamboo Tops & White Bottles' message and 'Living Purely Unfiltered' tagline. Raw Sugar has received various industry honors in product innovation, leadership, business growth and impact, and is ranked No. 1493 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list. Through their social give-back program, the Raw Sugar Initiative, the company has donated millions of bars of soap (and counting!). To learn more, visit rawsugarliving.com.

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Healthy YOU Vending Promotes Workplace WellnessDuring Global Employee Health and Fitness Month – PR Web

Healthy snacks provide a boost of energy, anytime and anywhere.

SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) May 20, 2020

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM) is observed every May throughout the world to raise awareness of and promote health and fitness in the workplace. Employers and employees everywhere are encouraged to show their commitment to healthy living by participating in GEHFM.

Since the founding of the initiative in 1989 by the National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF), there has been increasing evidence of the value of investing in employee health. Employers realize that investing in workplace wellness programs is essential to managing health care costs, improving productivity and boosting employee morale. Indeed, its a critical component of any organizations human capital management.

Employers and employees can sign up to participate in this years GEHFM by visiting the programs website. Participants are asked to prepare a healthy meal, organize walks and bike rides or get involved with a clean-up day in their community. And these workplace initiatives shouldnt be exclusive to the month of May. Rather, people are asked to carry the healthy habits gained during the month throughout their lives.

According to the website, 28,575 people across 6,621 companies and organizations have participated in GEHFM. Along with a commitment to exercise and eat right, participants are asked to get involved on the initiatives Facebook and Twitter accounts to show their progress and encourage others to take action.

Anyone, regardless of participation in the event, can get resources on the GEHFM website to help them live healthier lives. Available information includes resources to get enough sleep, ways to improve overall health, tips for exercising and more.

Healthy YOU Vending helps provide convenient access to wholesome snacks, drinks and entres. And there has never been a more important time than now to offer healthy choices to busy employees. During the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, having convenient access to healthy options in the workplace can keep employees safe and productive.

Healthy eating is such an important part of living a wholesome lifestyle, said Healthy YOU Vendings Director of Operator Services, Jill Navidomskis. Were happy to be a part of providing healthy options that are convenient, safe and sought after in this increasingly health-conscious world. And some of our operators are now offering those essential pieces of PPE to navigate our new normal such as face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves in their machines.

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Fayette Living Well Coalition working with Blue Zones Project to make area healthier – Uniontown Herald Standard

Sharing secrets of living longer that researchers found in places around the globe, the Blue Zones Project works with communities to make changes that help their residents live healthier lives.

Now Fayette Living Well Coalition is bringing the Blue Zones Project here.

The important thing about Blue Zones is its not just about physical health. Its much bigger than that, said Muriel Nuttall, Fayette Chamber of Commerce executive director and a coalition member. You have to have a healthy community.

The coalition started as a group within the Community Health Improvement Project, a local organization that has worked many years in cooperation with the state Dept. of Health.

Today, the Community Health Improvement Project remains the legal name for the organization but it is known as the Fayette Living Well Coalition. The new name came as members were looking to re-energize the organization and a smaller group formed within to look at statistics.

They were driven by the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Grades for counties throughout the nation. It looks at such things as obesity, tobacco use, infant deaths and access to doctors and dentists.

In Pennsylvania, there are 67 counties and we have consistently been 66, said Nuttall. In some categories, we are the lowest.

The group contacted the Blair County Coalition, which had been 65th and rose to a place in the 40s. From conversations, the Fayette group knew they needed more local information.

They pulled together about 100 community leaders for an information-gathering seminar that provided a massive amount of data.

While studying the data, the group became aware of the Blue Zones Project where researchers went out across the world to find places where people lived to be over 100 - one in Loma Linda, California.

Once they were identified and circled the places on a map with a blue pen, teams of researchers went back to find out why. The Blue Zones Project was created.

Kristi Kassimer, of the Fayette County PR Initiative and coalition coordinator, explained Blue Zones is concerned with all aspects of healthy living from physical movement and diet to the importance of family and belonging to a faith-based community.

But Kassimer noted, Theyre specific about not trying to do it all at once. Its a lifestyle change. Its about contributing to your overall wellness.

The Fayette group was intrigued.

We reached out to the Blue Zones Project, remarked Nuttall. We said, Are you interested in coming into Fayette County? Heres where we are. This is what were up against. This is our data. And they said yes.

Nuttall continued, It came with a price tag - $50,000. Many members of the business community - almost without being asked - stepped up and said we want to be a part of it. We were able to complete that final step of funding with a gift from Chevron.

The Fayette group made plans to bring the Blue Zones Project here at the end of March but the coronavirus means the meeting will be rescheduled.

They want to talk to the community. They want to tell the community what Blue Zones is about, said Nuttall. But were put on the spot, too. We have to do a community presentation and tell them who we are and where we see our greatest needs and challenges. We also talk to them about our benefits and the things that are great about Fayette County.

Nuttall and Kassimer explained Blue Zones will also do research and meet with smaller groups to form an assessment. About two weeks later, they will come back with recommendations.

In addition, weve been offered an expert in a field related to our assessment, said Nuttall. This person will come out and really dive into the subject matter.

Nuttall explained all levels of area leadership are focused on moving Fayette County forward in a different, faster way than weve ever been focused before. The leadership across the board is working together like Ive never seen it.

The assessment, Nuttall said, is only the beginning.

Theres some big steps after that but we have been greeted with such positive reception from our businesses to our faith-based community to the medical industry. Its all been positive, said Nuttall. Everybody acknowledges these are changes we need to make. How do we do that in the best way possible?

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Whats happening Thursday in the north valley – Chico Enterprise-Record

Editors note: Many events are canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend contacting the event host before attending to check.

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area: Sunrise to sunset. 9,100 acres of fields, riparian areas, ponds, waterways; shelter for 300+ species of resident and migrant birds and mammals. Self-guided nature trail, hunting, exhibits. 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley. 846-7500.

Faith Lutheran Church: 1 p.m. COVID-19 Phone Prayer Group. To join, email billaugros@gmail.com.

Vitalant Blood Drive: 12-6 p.m. Blood donation, 10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. plasma donation, 10:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. platelet donation,10:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. source Plasma Donation. 555 Rio Lindo Ave. Call 877-258-4825 or 893-5433 to confirm todays hours.

Al-Anon: 6-7 p.m. Email alanon.nc.d3@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation. zoom.us. 342-5756

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services: To talk to a crisis counselor, call the 24-hour crisis/referral line, 1-800-895-8476. Temporary restraining order help for victims of domestic violence is available for free. Call from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for appointments, individual counseling 343-7711. catalystdvservices.org.

Iversen Wellness & Recovery Center and Med Clinic: Meetings via Zoom. 10-11 a.m. Healthy Living; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Gratitude Group; 1-2 p.m. Resiliency and Positivity. Dial in at 408-638-7014. zoom.us. Password: 8793311. Must be 18 or older to join. For more 897-3311 or email iversen@nvcss.org. nvcss.org/programs/iversen.

Northern Valley Talk Line: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 855-582-5554.

LGBT*Q+ Teen Group: 3:30-5 p.m. A social and support group for LGBT*Q+ Teens aged 13-17. Stonewall Alliance. For more information and to join via Zoom, call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

Trans* Stonewall: 6-7 p.m. The Transgender Stonewall group is an inclusive social group for all gender identities. Transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning individuals 18 or older talk about their experiences, meet community members. Stonewall Alliance. Call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing: Through Stonewall Alliance by appointment. 358 E. Sixth St. Donations accepted. 893-3336. For more information, call 893-3336, email center@stonewallchico.org or visit stonewallchico.com.

Mental Health Peer Support: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Peer support specialists are available for video chat, self-help support groups and resources. Through the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health. Join by phone, computer or other device. Zoom ID: 809274979. Phone: 720-707-2699 or 346-248-7799.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Secular in Sobriety: 7-8 p.m. Secular meeting of AA. All faiths welcome. Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway St. 762-9834.

Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group: 2-4 p.m. 150 Amber Grove Drive, Ste., 154. 895-9661.

Family Engagement Group: 6 p.m. For families seeking support for loved ones with memory loss. Hosted by memory care community. Amber Grove Place, 3049 The Esplanade. RSVP, 826-3226.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Chico: Chico Central 6:30, 8 a.m. noon. 3:30 p.m. 5:30, 7 p.m. 1102 Mangrove Ave.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): 8:30-9:15 a.m. Weigh-in; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Weight loss support group meeting. Grace Brethren Church, 355 Panama Ave. 521-3784.

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon, Chico NA; 7 p.m. Just for Today Daily Meditation. 5:30 p.m. Mens meeting. 7 p.m. Chico NA. Topic Discussion 208 W. East Ave., Ste., A. Park in back. 6 p.m. Daily Application of Spiritual Principles, 1053 Ohio St. Topic Discussion.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30 p.m. Meet at 1600 Mangrove Ave. 760-518 6480 or 514-4610 (24 hour line).

Pills Anonymous Chicos Got Hope: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Big Book study/speaker. Open discussion based on 12-step recovery program, prescription drug addiction. Newcomers, loved ones and those addicted to other substances. 2341 Floral Ave.Call/text 624-0094.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30 p.m. Meets at 1600 Mangrove Ave. 760-518 6480 or 514-4610 (24 hour line).

Celebrate Recovery Christian 12-Step Program: 6:30-9 p.m. East Avenue Community Church, 1184 East Ave.. 342-1806.

Overeaters Anonymous: 5:30-6:30 p.m. St. John Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave. Walter, 343-1029.

Submit calendar listings, corrections or updates by email calendar@chicoer.com, fax 342-3617 or mail Enterprise-Record, P.O. Box 9, Chico, CA, 95927.

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3 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home: Know Impressive Health Benefits Of Each – Doctor NDTV

Medicinal plants: Since ancient times, Ayurveda suggests use of herbs and plants to fight different health issues naturally. You can plant some herbs at home that can be used for multiple purposes.

Medicinal herbs can be grown at home and used to fight different health issues

A little garden at your home can be helpful in many ways. Gardening can be more than a hobby. You can plant some herbs which can offer you medicinal properties. Since ancient times, Ayurveda also suggests use of herbs and plants to fight different health issues naturally. From stem to leaves, several plants can be used in different ways. These can offer some amazing health benefits and help you ward off diseases. In this article, you will know about three best plants that should be a part of your garden. Also, know different ways to use these.

Tulsi plant is a part of every Indian household. This plant works as ayurvedic medicine and can be used for different purposes. You can use basil leaves to fight symptoms of cold, fever and cough. It is also good for digestion. Tulsi has antibacterial properties and it can also help boost immunity. You can chew 3-4 fresh tulsi leaves every day. These leaves can also be added to teas or drinks. Tulsi tea is an aromatic drink loaded with its impressive benefits.

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Many use aloe vera as a decoration on their desks or at home. The Health benefits of aloe vera are quite popular too. Like basil, aloe vera is a must-have. To fight several health issues aloe vera can be used as an effective home remedy. Aloe vera has many properties beneficial for you. Applying fresh aloe vera gel is good for your skin and hair. It can also be applied on wounds for fast healing. Aloe vera juice can also be consumed to fight multiple digestive issues like stomach ache, constipation, acidity, indigestion and more.

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Chamomile is commonly used to prepare tea. This can offer a wide range of health benefits. It can help eliminate menstrual discomfort. Drinking this tea may also help prevent the risk of osteoporosis. Chamomile tea can also help relieve insomnia by leaving a relaxing effect on your mind and body promoting good sleep. This tea is also food for diabetics as it may help control blood sugar levels.

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Why were rules on sunscreens put in the CARES Act? – Houston Chronicle

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed in March, there was a provision on sunscreens tucked away inside a section on over-the-counter drugs review. Specifically, provisions were made regarding competition between sunscreen manufacturers, consumer access, price and the development and innovation of sunscreen ingredients.

But wait, what do sunscreens have to do with a stimulus package?

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, the provision may have been included to keep sunscreen regulations status quo.

Why sunscreens were put into the CARES Act, that we do not know, said Nneka Leiba, vice president of EWGs healthy living science department. Its very odd that it would have happened, a few months after the monograph was supposed to be finalized last year.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration worked to pass an updated sunscreen monograph, a kind of recipe book that covers acceptable ingredients, doses, formulations and labeling on OTC products sold in the U.S. Monographs define the safety, effectiveness and labeling of all marketing OTC active ingredients, according to the FDA.

The FDA published proposed sunscreen rules that indicated that most ingredients were inadequately tested for safety and implied that these ingredients would be removed from the market unless appropriate safety testing was conducted, according to the EWG.

Its possible that Houston has seen the last of the cooler spring weather as the area transitions into another hot, humid summer.

Matt Lanza, managing editor and meteorologist for Space City Weather, said people should be wearing sunscreen if theyre outside at any point when the sun is up.

Never assume that youre invincible, Lanza said. While we can adapt and adjust to the hot climate during Houston summers, its important to realize that its still really hot which can have negative consequences on the human body.

But the year ended and the monograph never passed, Leiba said.

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The FDA had a draft (monograph) published, and one of the things they wanted to do was strengthen UVA standards because there is an increase in knowledge about UVA harm, Leiba said. The first CARES Act mandated that sunscreen relations remain status quo, which is them saying that those chemical ingredients are safe and protective.

Last year, the agency said it did not have enough information about the chemical makeup of the majority of sunscreens to declare they are safe and effective, Leiba said.

The only two ingredients to be found safe for human use are zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which are typically found in mineral-based sunscreens. These are recommended for use by the EWG.

Two scientific studies published last year showed that after a single application, all non-mineral sunscreen ingredients are absorbed through the skin and could be detected in our bodies at levels that could cause harm, the EWG found.

The FDA looked like it was doing a lot of research into it and was going to ask companies to submit as much research as possible, Leiba said. We dont know what the ultimate decision was. Theres no clear direction about what would have happened (if the monograph had passed), but we know there was a lot of lobbying from the industry to not move forward with that.

Each year, the EWG releases an annual guide on the best beach and sport sunscreens, as well as the best lip balms and moisturizers with SPF. More than 1,300 SPF-products, including 700 sunsreens are reviewed by the group.

Only a quarter of products offer adequate protection and do not contain concerning ingredients, such as oxybenzone, a potentially hormone-disrupting chemical that is readily absorbed by the body.

Sixty percent of the sunscreens sold in the U.S. contain active ingredients that are banned in the European Union, said Carla Burns, research and database analyst at EWG and manager of the 2020 EWG Sunscreen Guide.

The group found that 40 percent of the products in the U.S. contain oxybenzone, which has been found to disrupt hormonal processes.

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This years findings were similar to previous guides in that companies are still not providing products with adequate UVA protection, Burns said. Only products labeled broad spectrum have been tested and are shown to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

The term SPF typically only applies to UVB protection, Leiba said. In the EU, theres a requirement for companies to increase their UVA protection in correlation with its UVB standards.

In the U.S., no such requirement exists.

You can have a product that says SPF 100 that offers the same amount of UVA protection as a product with low SPF, Leiba said. We know SPF-high products are misleading and make consumers feel its more protective because the number is so high.

More recent research has found that UVA rays are linked to skin damage and skin cancer, but do not cause the tanning effect to the dermis of the skin - thats caused by UVB rays.

Last year, a rule was proposed that would limit labeling to SPF 60 or below, Leiba said. But since the monograph wasnt passed, companies are still able to label products as high-SPF.

New findings indicate that more personal care products, like moisturizers, makeup foundation and lip balms, include built-in SPF.

More than 500 moisturizers with SPF were assessed in the 2020 guide, Burns said, and that number continues to increase every year.

It could indicate that people are using daily-use sunscreen or are buying products that incorporate SPF into their makeup routine, Leiba said. It could be a great trend, but it has to meet safety and efficacy standards and must be reapplied every two hours.

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Since there are no federal standards on the use of labels like nontoxic or safe for personal care products, consumers have to be vigilant in reading the active ingredients list, Burns said.

The EWG does not claim that products are safe, she added, only that they have been researched and the findings indicate that some are safer than others.

Reef safe is another label that has increased in use in recent years, especially with laws passed in Hawaii and Florida to protect its coral reefs.

Sunscreens and products with SPF are only tools in a persons overall sun safety toolbox, which also includes sun hats, adequate clothing coverage and sunglasses.

julie.garcia@chron.com

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