At Inspire we try to encourage our clients to get out and about with our Support Workers as we realise that there are far more benefits than just social interaction. NHS Choices tells us we all need vitamin D “to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A lack of vitamin D – known as vitamin D deficiency – can cause bones to become soft and weak, which can lead to bone deformities. In adults, it can lead to osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and tenderness.
Our body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin when we are outdoors. From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D we need from sunlight. Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods with their forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered and without sunscreen from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11am to 3pm. But you should be careful not to burn in the sun, so take care to cover up, or protect your skin with sunscreen, before your skin starts to turn red or burn. Your body can't make vitamin D if you are sitting indoors by a sunny window because ultraviolet B (UVB) rays (the ones your body needs to make vitamin D) can't get through the glass.
We also get some vitamin D from a small number of foods, including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as well as red meat and eggs.”
So alongside our Befriending Service we also offer an Assisted Shopping Service. Our Support Workers not only help with transport and carrying the shopping, but actively encourage purchasing foods that promote a healthy diet to help maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
For further information on how we can help and our services please contact:
Marilyn Cockett on 01302 770662/07899050622
or email: email@example.com