Slip! Slop! Slap! Protects Kids from the Sun

Living Color by Nina G. Jablonski
Minimizing risk of skin cancer while retaining benefits of Vitamin D

In her book Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color Nina G. Jablonski extols the virtues of the Australian government program called “Slip! Slop! Slap!”

“Slip! Slop! Slap!” is a campaign to encourage Australians to protect themselves from the sun by slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen, and slapping on a hat. Seeking shade, avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunglasses complete the multi-faceted approach to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Although the book is best known for insightful information about how skin color has come to be a biological trait with great social meaning, and about discrimination and racism, Ms. Jablonski discusses at length the benefits and need of Vitamin D in all humans.

She explains the following determines risk for skin cancer:

1. Family history and comparative skin color of others in the area in which a person lives
2. Lifestyle, diet, and determining how much Vitamin D is obtained from a person’s diet and from sun exposure
3. Consulting medical professional to help customize and balance the need for Vitamin D with the risk of sun exposure

You can purchase the book by clicking on the image of the book cover or the title below.

Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color


  1. Thanks for the piece. It is more relevant now that the summer is here. Too much exposure could be damaging to us, and most especially the kids. Keep them safe.

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