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The Sunscreen Challenge<br />Seven days. Six people. Five bottles of sunscreen. Four surprises.<br />Alan Viverettehabits....
Premise<br />Sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer. Unfortunately, it’s also oily and smelly.<br...
The Setup<br />              Five self-selected participants each received a travel-sized bottle of 30SPF sunscreen. A six...
FF, Materials Science<br />In dresser drawer with toothpaste.<br />MA, Japanese<br />In backpack with daily medications.<b...
Daily Check-in<br />Each day, participants received an email form asking whether they had put on sunscreen. Occasionally, ...
Findings<br />Four important take-aways and three future directions.<br />
        Attaching sunscreen to an<br />       existing morning routine (medications, moisturizer) gave near-perfect result...
        Email surveys served as<br />       triggers – early or late, sunscreen was usually applied right after opening th...
        Free sunscreen resulted<br />       in higher compliance rates than personally owned<br />sunscreen<br />3<br />
        Little correlation shown<br />       between actual need (based on weather) and compliance rates<br />4<br />
Future directions<br />Include a daily UV index to increase motivation when appropriate<br />Send emails early to provide ...
In conclusion<br />While none of the participants continued to apply sunscreen daily after the Challenge ended, several co...
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The Sunscreen Challenge

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A seven-day, six-participant experiment designed to form the habit of applying sunscreen.

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    graph on 6 is not clear. Green means yes? Probably. But I had to think about it.

    Good work on takeaways. Simple. Clear.

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The Sunscreen Challenge

  1. 1. The Sunscreen Challenge<br />Seven days. Six people. Five bottles of sunscreen. Four surprises.<br />Alan Viverettehabits.stanford.edu<br />
  2. 2. Premise<br />Sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer. Unfortunately, it’s also oily and smelly.<br />If it’s possible to get six people to start wearing sunscreen as a habit in only seven days, anything is possible.<br />
  3. 3. The Setup<br /> Five self-selected participants each received a travel-sized bottle of 30SPF sunscreen. A sixth participantused his own bottle of sunscreen.<br />All participants were instructed to put the sunscreen near something they use every morning, like a toothbrush.<br />
  4. 4. FF, Materials Science<br />In dresser drawer with toothpaste.<br />MA, Japanese<br />In backpack with daily medications.<br />JB, Electrical Eng.<br />On bathroom counter with toothpaste.<br />NH, Symbolic Systems<br />(no response to location survey)<br />RM, Public Policy<br />In basket with shower supplies.<br />JK, Biology<br />(no response to location survey)<br />
  5. 5. Daily Check-in<br />Each day, participants received an email form asking whether they had put on sunscreen. Occasionally, participants were tagged in a Facebook image to reward compliance.<br />
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Findings<br />Four important take-aways and three future directions.<br />
  8. 8. Attaching sunscreen to an<br /> existing morning routine (medications, moisturizer) gave near-perfect results<br />1<br />
  9. 9. Email surveys served as<br /> triggers – early or late, sunscreen was usually applied right after opening the email<br />2<br />
  10. 10. Free sunscreen resulted<br /> in higher compliance rates than personally owned<br />sunscreen<br />3<br />
  11. 11. Little correlation shown<br /> between actual need (based on weather) and compliance rates<br />4<br />
  12. 12. Future directions<br />Include a daily UV index to increase motivation when appropriate<br />Send emails early to provide timely behavior triggers<br />Pair participants for check-in, thereby making check-in a responsibility rather than a formality<br />
  13. 13. In conclusion<br />While none of the participants continued to apply sunscreen daily after the Challenge ended, several continued to use their free bottles on sunny days.<br />In short,<br />nothing is impossible.<br />

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