Canberra primary schools and early childhood services are once again reminded that sun protection behaviour like hat wearing and sunscreen application is not really necessary in Canberra during the winter months (ie around June and July). This is because daily UV levels during this period in Canberra drop and stay low (under 3) all day, and every day.
By not wearing a hat during this period Canberra students are being assisted with their body's effort to maintain their summer Vitamin D supplies over the winter period.
Because Vitamin D is a fat soluble protein, our body has the ability to store its summer supply over most of the winter period, however due to low UV levels and our winter wardrobe, winter Vitamin D production may be limited for some people. During the winter June and July months Cancer Council ACT recommends students and teachers aim to get some daily midday sun exposure and remain active to maintain Vitamin D levels! Being active each day at lunch time is a perfect way to stay fit in winter and maintain Vitamin D levels too.
Sensible sun protection may still be required if:
- participating in all day outdoor events such as school carnivals and excursions
- travelling North (check UV levels)
- spending time in Alpine regions
For more information about Vitamin D click here.