As the sun rises, Nevada’s healthcare system is facing an acute challenge: A lack of sun.
Sun rays cause the body to secrete enzymes, or proteins, that break down carbohydrates and sugars into sugar and other chemicals that can then be broken down into energy.
Without the sun, the body’s enzymes, which are the main way the body stores energy, don’t work properly.
“Sunlight is a major factor in the development of obesity and diabetes,” said Dr. J.T. Ritchie, chief medical officer at Nevada Health.
“It’s really a very, very important factor in a lot of chronic diseases.”
While the number of people in the state with diabetes has dropped dramatically since the early 2000s, the number with heart disease and other chronic diseases has been rising.
Nevadas healthcare system was created to provide comprehensive care to those who need it most.
But for many Nevadans, that includes sun protection.
Nevadas healthcare needs more than just sun protection, Ritchie said.
“It’s important to provide people with access to sunscreens that have a broad range of wavelengths,” he said.
Nevada Health has partnered with a variety of companies to produce sunscreen lenses.
The company has partnered up with a number of manufacturers, including Aetna, Target, Cabela’s, and Walgreens.
“They have really developed a wide range of sunscents, a range of shades, that can help protect people from sunburn,” Ritchie explained.
Ritchie said Nevada Health is looking to expand its solar program to include additional products, and more products, in the future.
“We’re going to be doing something where we are going to offer some of these sunscooters,” Ritter said.
In the future, Ritter says, Nevada Health hopes to introduce a program that would allow people with skin cancer to wear the sunscooter.
“We’re looking at offering sunscrollers for people who have sunburns and sunburn injuries,” Ritcher said.
The sun safety program was created as part of the NVHealth Vision 2020 initiative.
Nevada Health has funded the program for a decade, and Ritchie expects it will continue to grow as the state continues to develop a sustainable health system.
“I don’t think the sun is the only thing that can cause sunburn or sun damage,” Ritchner said.
“The sun is part of a much larger picture, a much bigger system that we need to understand.”
Ritchie noted that NVHealth is currently working on a comprehensive sun safety plan for all of its systems, but that the program is not limited to solar.
“There are sunscapes for everything.
There’s also sunscopes that are just for sun protection,” he explained.
“Sunscreens for people with diabetes, for people that have cancer.
There are other sunscapers that are sun protection for people in that range.”
Read moreNevadaHealth is partnering with the American Cancer Society to promote the sun safety programs in Nevada.
The American Cancer Societies Vision 2020 program is an opportunity for people to participate in a solar-related program in Nevada that will allow people to take advantage of a broad array of sun safety products.
The program will run from February 1 to June 30, 2020.
For more information about NVHealth’s Vision 2020 initiatives, visit the NVH2020 website.