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HAT day in the sun

Hats on for sun protection + a great cause! The Headwear Association (THA)  is launching the 8th annual Hat Day in the Sun on June 11.  FREE Sun Protection Hats will be Distributed Nationwide to help the fight against skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun over-exposure. The Headwear Association (THA) is hosting the “Hat Day in the Sun” as an annual national public awareness campaign to educate adults and children about how the right hat can protect against skin cancer, sun damage, and premature aging.  To celebrate this event, THA members will be giving away FREE wide-brimmed sun-protection hats in cities across the country, including New York, Milwaukee, Boulder and Dallas.

[free hat on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at Hat Day in the Sun Locations below]

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What makes a perfect Sun Hat? The Headwear Association recommends the following tips:
Wide Brims. Choose hats with at least a 2 ½ inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women’s hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.
Curved Shapes. Look for hats that follow the contour of the head and neck. These shapes offer the best protection against ultraviolet radiation. A baseball cap is not recommended as it leaves the cheeks, ears and back of the neck exposed.
Opaque Materials. The denser the fabric, the higher the UPF. Choose close-weave fabrics or tightly woven straw. Many hats have been tested for sun protection qualities, and include an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) number on the label.

Fabrics are rated with a UPF rather than SPF, which only applies to sunscreens. UPF labels indicate how much of the sun’s UVR is absorbed by the product’s fabric. For instance, a hat with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UVR to reach the skin.

Get your free hat on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at Hat Day in the Sun Locations

New York City, NY, 6 PM
Location: Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique | 2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at W. 147th Street)

Stockton, CA 5:30 PM
Hosted by: Dorfman Pacific Hat Company | Lodi Farmers Market | School Street between Oak and Locust

Santa Cruz, CA
Hosted by: American Hat Makers by Head’n Home Hats
Location/Time: Details TBA

Dallas, TX
Hosted by: HATCO Location/Time: Details TBA

Boulder, CO 12PM
Hosted by: Wallaroo Hats Location: Weekends, 1200 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Time: NOON

Lancaster, PA 9 AM
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: Binns Park – Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Charleston, SC 12 PM
Hosted by: The Hat Ladies of Charleston Bollman Hat Company
Location: Marion Square (Corner of Calhoun & King)

Milwaukee, WI Hosted by: The Brass Rooster, Hen House Hats, MAGID Hats, San Diego Hat Company and Dorfman Pacific

The Brass Rooster
2252 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI. 53207

The Hen House
2250 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee Wi. 53207
Detroit, MI

If you do not live in one of the host cities, you can win a Sun Protection hat on the THA Facebook page. To win a free Sun Protection hat, keep an eye out for the Hat Day in the Sun Giveaway posts. The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, San Diego Hat Company, HATCO and Head’n Home Hats.

For more information about The Headwear Association and “Hat Day in the Sun.”

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