Sun Exposure and Physical Activity: The Valuable Role of UV Wearables

Alyssa Henning, Jennifer Vanos, Nathan Downs

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Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is known as the main cause of damaging effects to the skin, while being the most preventable risk factor. Outdoor physical activity, an important health behavior, exposes the body to UVR and is linked to increases the risk of sunburn, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancers. Researchers provide an overview of wearable UV dosimeters identified as available for purchase to prevent exposure to solar UVR. Novel wearable sensing technologies, connected to a smartphone, allow users to monitor optimal exposures to sunlight for health. The personal health and sensor revolution is continually shifting with novel technologies allowing person-centric UVR measurements. Each has a specific and intended use, and such data can aid users and researchers alike in assessing, understanding, and taking action to receive appropriate amounts of UV light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9527284
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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