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Family Reunion Sun Safety: Tips For Having Your Best Summer Outdoors Ever


The start of summer signals the beginning of the family reunion season and getting together to have fun outside. The annual event helps bring relatives and friends together to reconnect and create memorable experiences. Many families are opting to upgrade their reunions from an afternoon at someone’s house to a longer outdoor family getaway, such as a few days at the beach, getting active  or a long weekend in the mountains.

In fact, a recent survey shows that the average family reunion trip lasts five days and includes eight adults and four children! Family reunions can be as large or small as you’d like, and it’s never too soon to start organizing.

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Some tips to remember:

  • Planning: set a date & location early on and stick to it
  • Anticipate Needs: cooking & kitchen patrol, sleeping arrangements & sun protection
  • Crafts and Activities for the Whole Family: make popsicles with gummy bears for a fun treat, create kaleidoscopes made out of paper towel roles, design a tetrahedral kite using straws and tapeor host boat races with boats made from sponges

family reunion sun safety

Mom of three and dermatologist Dr. Julie Karen joined me recently to share her advice on how families can have the Best Summer Ever, and offered inspirational ideas on how families can host their own “Great Big Family Reunion,” safely in the sun.

family reunion sun safety


Take a look at the interview below.



For more tips on family reunion sun safety, visit: www.greatbigfamilyreunion.com.

family reunion sun safety


Meet our Guest: 

image002Dr. Julie Karen is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery, skin cancer, and the treatment of leg veins. Dr. Karen graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and played varsity soccer. She received her medical degree from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honors society, and graduated first in her class. She completed her residency training at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident and received the Morris Leider Award for Excellence in Dermatology. Dr. Karen completed a Procedural Dermatology Fellowship at NYU and Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Dr. Karen is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and was again elected to New York Super Doctors in 2015, which appears in the The New York Times Magazine. Dr. Karen has received the Surgical Attending of the Year Award from NYU’s dermatology residents. She has published numerous articles and chapters in the field of dermatology and lectures extensively at regional and national meetings. Recently, she co-authored the Handbook of Dermatologic Surgery with her sister Dr. Elizabeth Hale and the renowned Dr. Perry Robins, which is used to train dermatology residents. She has appeared on television numerous times and has been quoted in many print and online publications.

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