Date: April 30, 2013

A little ray of sunshine

As the darker, colder winter weather creeps in, it becomes more important for Victorians to start thinking about their Vitamin D intake. Our instinct during the fresher seasons is to wrap up and stay indoors, but SunSmart is encouraging people to get out and ‘show some skin’ in an effort to boost Vitamin D levels.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best source of vitamin D; essential for strong bones and overall health. From May to August in Victoria, head outside at about midday with your hands and arms exposed for about 20 minutes each day (2-3 hours spread over a week) to help with vitamin D. People with darker skin will need 3-6 times this amount. Ensure as much skin as possible is exposed by rolling up your sleeves – the more skin you have exposed to the sun, the more vitamin D you’ll make. Sun protection is not required unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow, outside for extended periods or when the UV reaches 3 and above.

So there you have it – the perfect excuse to get out for a few holes this winter! But remember, sun protection is still required if you’re out for extended periods of time, so bring your SPF if you are going to play a full 18 holes.
For more information, visit or download the free SunSmart app for smartphones.