The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Cancer Society recently released a joint statement urging New Zealanders to get some sun.
A recent survey of 1,083 general practitioners in New Zealand found that about 90% were worried that their patients may not be getting enough vitamin D. A MOH report based on 2008-2009 data found one in four New Zealand adults had insufficient vitamin D levels.
The study also found that people were more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency from August to October, particularly if they live south of Nelson-Marlborough regions in the South Island.
MOH Public Health specialist Dr Harriette Carr says people need to pay attention to their daily sun exposure if they live in these areas. She advised people to take a supplement if sun exposure is not plausible.