Take time for a vitamin D break this winter

Take time for a vitamin D break this winter

This winter, we are encouraging indoor workers to: Take time for a Vitamin D Break.

While too much sunlight exposure during the warmer months can increase a person’s risk of skin cancer, not enough time in the sun can result in low levels of vitamin D.

People need vitamin D for healthy bones and muscles and to reduce the risk of osteoporosis - a condition causing brittle bones.

At this time of year, you can find yourself going to work and coming home in the dark. Taking time out of the working day to go outside for a break can also be hard to do when there are deadlines to meet and the weather is cold and frosty.

This is why we have teamed up with Cancer Council NSW to help you make simple choices for a sun-safe Vitamin D Break during winter:

1. Maximise your productivity in the office by taking a walk outside as research shows that people work best in 90-minute intervals, rather than continuously working without a break

2. Make a long work call from a bench in the sun or ask colleagues to hold a walking meeting outdoors rather than in a meeting room

3. Check ultraviolet (UV) levels for your local area every day using the SunSmart UV Alert online or download the free SunSmart app for iPhone, iPad and Android

4. Use sun protection when UV levels are three and above

5. Limit your sun exposure based on where you live:
a. People in the Southern regions of NSW (e.g. Sydney, Batemans Bay and Wagga Wagga), should aim to get 30 minutes of sun exposure on their hands and forearms in the middle of the day, on most days of the week, as UV levels needed to make vitamin D drop below three during June and July
b. People in Northern and far Western NSW (e.g. Cape Byron, Armidale, and Cobar), should aim to get 20 to 25 minutes of sun exposure on their hands and forearms in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon on most days of the week, as UV levels needed to make vitamin D remain three and above all year round.

Use the hashtag #VitaminDBreak to let us know what other ways you come up with to take a Vitamin D Break.