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August 2014's Educator Survey winner is Deborah West, RN, Copper Canyon Elementary, Scottsdale.

Arizona is home to three of the sunniest cities in the country: Yuma (1), Phoenix (4), and Tucson (5). It's hard to go outside in our state without being in the sun. While the sun provides important vitamin D, too much exposure can lead to skin cancer – the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from UV rays, both natural and artificial. Arizona was one of the first states in the nation to teach sun safety education in schools (mandated by state law) and in child care (encouraged through the Empower Program).