The vitamin D lowdown

A NEW position statement on optimising vitamin D production while minimising skin cancer risk has been endorsed by five medical societies.

Here are seven key points:

  1. When the UV index is below 3, no sun protection is needed (except for outdoor workers).
  2. A UV index at 3 or above demands full protection from the sun using a range of methods.
  3. UV awareness is easy with an app (
  4. When the UV Index is likely to be 3 or above, a few minutes of midmorning or midafternoon sun to arms and