Most people are familiar with the risks of unprotected sun exposure, such as sunburn, wrinkles, freckles, eye damage and skin cancer. However, getting enough exposure to sunlight is necessary and beneficial. Adequate time in the sun gives you several benefits:

– A boost in serotonin

– Support of your circadian rhythm, which leads to better sleep

– Production of Vitamin D, which is needed for important body functions

– Relief of stress and pain

The key to reaping the health benefits of sunlight while avoiding the risks is balance and moderation. The U.S. National Institutes of Health recommend about 10 to 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen. The time of day and your skin pigmentation will affect how much unprotected time in the sun is healthiest for you.

Enjoy the beautiful weather but do stay protected… attached is your June health observance calendar.

June 2015 – National Health Observances