Englishmen – and other Britons – were urged today to go out in the midday sun to ensure adequate levels of vitamin D.
It is pretty unusual and a change from the conventional wisdom to be told to get out into the midday sun, but that is what the Guardian is recommending.
I liked this bit:
"We have to put over the message that sunshine is enjoyable. Some of the messages have been a bit too negative.
"UK summer sunshine by and large is not desperately strong. It's important not to translate the Australian sun avoidant messages straight to the UK.
"At the moment the suggestion is that exposing the face, arms and legs to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week is going to do no harm.
"This is probably best done in the middle of the day rather than at either end of the day. Sun before 10 and after four probably doesn't stimulate much vitamin D synthesis."