Sunshine on my shoulders makes me healthy
Advise people that normal day-to-day outdoor activities usually provide adequate vitamin D. In summer, taking a short walk of less than 10 minutes around morning or afternoon tea time on most days should ensure adequate vitamin D (around 1000 IU), assuming the hands, face and arms are exposed.
In winter, longer periods of exposure may be needed, particularly in the southern states (e.g. 15 minutes at lunchtime in Sydney or 30 minutes at lunchtime in Hobart). These recommendations apply to people with moderately fair skin. People with darker skin are likely to need longer exposures in winter and summer.1
Advise people that prolonged sun exposure is counterproductive; it increases the risk of skin cancers, and if an individual stays in the sun for too long, it degrades the vitamin D produced in the skin.1-3
Give standard sun protection advice. Inform patients that they should always use sun protection if they will be in