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Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin

  • Category: healthCHECK+, Wellness
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  • Written By: Rachel Wilde CPT, MA, CCH Wellness Services Technician and Phlebotomist

Did you know that vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, comes from the body's ability to interact with sunlight? Vitamin D is found in the foods we eat, but our bodies can also produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun.

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, often occurs during the fall and winter months, and is associated with feelings of depression, fatigue and sleepiness. It is thought that a lack of sunlight from the cooler months and shorter days can create a deficiency of vitamin D and may be the cause of this disorder.

If you suspect you are affected by SAD, you will want to get outside as much as you can during the daytime hours and take advantage of the sunlight. Moving more and getting regular exercise through the day can also be helpful, as with any type of depression. You should also consult with your doctor, who may recommend a blood test to determine if your Vitamin D is too low.

November 2 is known as world Vitamin D Day, and for the rest of 2015 CCH Wellness Services is offering a $15 savings on the healthCHECK+ Vitamin D Panel—regularly $45. Print off a coupon at www.cchwyo.org/VitD and stop by 1901 Energy Court, Suite 115 Monday-Friday, 6-11 am.

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Campbell County Health's Wellness Services works to reduce health risks and promote overall wellness among employee groups and individuals across the northeastern Wyoming region. To learn more about Wellness, please visit www.cchwyo.org/Wellness or call 307.688.8051.

This blog was written by Rachel Wilde CPT, MA, CCH Wellness Services Technician and Phlebotomist

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