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15 Reasons Why the Sun is Good for You October 13 2015

Sunshine cheers you up, especially when combined with exercise. 

SUNSHINE boosts levels of serotonin - the body's natural happy hormone. That's why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines. Regular sun can stave off moderate depression, particularly if combined with exercise, such as a walk in the park. It's also been shown that exercising outdoors creates more endorphins in the body than exercising indoors.


3 Tips to Traveling with Healthier Sun Exposure September 13 2015


1. Skin color +
2. Your shadow +
3. Strength of the sun


5 health benefits to spending time alfresco - Harvard Health July 08 2015

  1. Your vitamin D levels will go up
  2. You’ll get more exercise (especially if you’re a child)
  3. You’ll be happier (especially if your exercise is ‘green’)
  4. Your concentration will improve
  5. You may heal faster





How much vitamin D can you get from the sun this summer? July 01 2015

Summer is the best time to optimize your UVB exposure which gives you vitamin D. But year round sun exposure gives you endorphins and nitric oxide, all essential to overall wellness and better moods. 

 


Newest science: There is a healthy side to fun in the sun! June 29 2015

The report states;  We are of the opinion that moderate sun exposure (less than the time required to burn) to the arms, shoulders, trunk, and legs should be sought rather than avoided. 

Strength of the sun is #1 Factor for Safer + Healthier Sun Exposure. June 19 2015

Intensity of the sun and skin color are the two most important first steps in getting balanced sun exposure – enough to reap it's healthy benefits, but not so much you damage your skin. SunFriend makes it easy.


Vitamin D3 Sulfate vs Vitamin D3 June 04 2015

...when we’re exposed to UVB rays, our bodies make vitamin D3 sulfate. This is a water-soluble form of vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 available in supplement form is un-sulfated and is not water-soluble. It relies on LDL to carry it to receptors in the body, whereas sulfated vitamin D needs no carrier. Un-sulfated vitamin D may not provide the same benefits because of its lack in mobility and perhaps availability in the body.

Is Sun Shining On You Good or Bad? May 30 2015

Yes, too much sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots and melanoma, and, 
Yes, too little sun can lead to rickets, Osteoporosis, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a host of mental disorders, allergies, asthma, general immune deficiencies and now over a 100 cancers have been linked to lack of sunshine. Sunshine is even shown to reduce blood pressure better than medicines and balance circadian rhythms so you sleep better at night. 

Sunlight for healthy children May 28 2015

As important as sunscreen is to protect your teenager from skin cancer later in life, it can also interfere with sunlight’s positive effects. Talk to your pediatrician about finding a balance between brief periods of sun exposure and sunscreen use.

Get your SunFriend on this summer! Save $10 with the discount code HealthyD when you BuyNow.


Sunshine and your Bones! May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month May 14 2015

Bone strength begins when you do, early sun exposure can be key... Osteoporosis is reversible, according to Vivian Goldschmidt, MA of SaveOurBones.com... Weight-baring exercise, calcium and sunlight: all three necessary to reduce osteoporosis risks and help rejuvenate brittle bones! 


How Much Sun is Healthy for You and Your Children? May 04 2015

You need sunlight on your skin for your body to make vitamin D. You get about 80% of your vitamin D this way. 


BBC's tells the history of people's love/hate relationship with the sun. April 30 2015

A fun history of sunshine. 
Sunlight therapy was also used in the UK on children to prevent and treat rickets, a condition which affects bone development. Today it is known that as well as spending some time in sunlight, rickets can easily be prevented by eating a diet that includes vitamin D and calcium. But in the 1930s, many schools got sunlamps, and some taught classes outside. Some animals ended up receiving similar treatment.

 


SunFriend wearable UV monitor proudly supports Enright Melanoma Foundation's Race with the Ace Family Walk April 20 2015

Enright Melanoma Foundation is focused on sun safety education and SunFriend will join this effort this year with SunFriend demonstrations and coupons and donations. 

SunFriend is dedicated to both sun safety and health. Demonstrations will include reading the UV Index to reveal how intense the sun is that day and key walkers will be wearing their SunFriends to alert them when they have had enough sun during their walk. SunFriend is customizable to any skin color, waterproof, and NASA award-winning.

Details about the race:

Enright Melanoma Foundation's Race with the Ace 5K & 1 Mile Family Walk
Saturday May 9, 2015
Parsippany, NJ US 07054
Sign up link

The Enright Melanoma Foundation (EMF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise sun safety awareness and to help prevent melanoma through education and early detection.  They are a prevention focused doctor-led organization. EMF is transforming the way youth learn about SUN SAFETY through free, online Enright Sun Safety Certification(TM) programs, featuring our Enright Sun Safety ACE and  a message to Apply Cover Enoy.  The Enright Melanoma Foundation is a proud member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

Buy your SunFriend today, save $10 and a donation will go towards the Enright Sun Safety program. Use coupon EMF2015 when you check out on SunFriend.com. 


Sunlight provides the human body with the essential ingredients for optimal health April 07 2015

By now you’re probably aware of the importance of vitamin D. Ideally, it’s best to get it from the sun, because sunlight provides a number of other benefits as well, over and beyond vitamin D synthesis, that you simply cannot get from food or a supplement.

In March, the angle of the sun is above 50º in most places in the US, enough to start making natural vitamin D February 26 2015

Official sunshine calendar by the Vitamin D Council on the availability of UVB in the US. 


Yes, it’s true! Sunlight helps grow healthier Children! January 24 2015

60 percent of children may have suboptimal levels of vitamin D. Prolonged and untreated vitamin D deficiency can affect multiple organs and functions, including bone growth and density, metabolism, heart and immunity, but it rarely causes overt symptoms and often goes unnoticed. 

Vitamin D deficiency in childhood can cause skeletal deformities, brittle bones, frequent fractures and lead to premature osteoporosis in later life. However emerging evidence suggests that vitamin D is involved in far more than bone health. Recent studies have found a link between low vitamin D levels and some cancers, heart disease, suppressed immunity and even premature death.


2015 NASA Spinoff: Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure January 15 2015

NASA Spinoff 2015 Recognizes SunFriend as Spinoff technology; Activity Monitors Help Users get Optimum Sun Exposure. Co-inventor Aslam explains the science behind SunFriend's sensors. This is a large PDF, SunFriend is featured on pages 86 and 87. Click HERE to link to the entire Spinoff publication or HERE to see our pages featured on SunFriend's Facebook page. 

Winter Sunlight Lowers Blood Pressure December 12 2014

Sunlight year-round has it's benefits. Deep into the winter months, sunlight  provides vital UVA which lowers blood pressure and slows aging.   

An excerpt from the University of Edinburg talks about nitric oxide produced by exposing skin to light. This research was picked up by Science Daily, the New York Times, the Guardian and many other publications as the excitement grows for natural and individually empowering wellness options. 

Researchers have shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun's rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure. The findings suggest that exposure to sunlight improves health overall, because the benefits of reducing blood pressure far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer.

Production of this pressure-reducing compound - called nitric oxide - is separate from the body's manufacture of vitamin D, which rises after exposure to sunshine. Until now it had been thought to solely explain the sun's benefit to human health. [Researchers] studied the blood pressure of 24 volunteers who sat beneath tanning lamps for two sessions of 20 minutes each. In one session, the volunteers were exposed to both the UV rays and the heat of the lamps. In the other, the UV rays were blocked so that only the heat of the lamps affected the skin. The results showed that blood pressure dropped significantly for one hour following exposure to UV rays, but not after the heat-only sessions. Scientists say that this shows that it is the sun's UV rays that lead to health benefits. The volunteers' vitamin D levels remained unaffected in both sessions.

"We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer. The work we have done provides a mechanism that might account for this, and also explains why dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight. We now plan to look at the relative risks of heart disease and skin cancer in people who have received different amounts of sun exposure. If this confirms that sunlight reduces the death rate from all causes, we will need to reconsider our advice on sun exposure."

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoe-scb050713.php

Check out this study published by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology that shows that just being in the sunlight (even UVA) lowers blood pressure. 

http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v134/n7/full/jid201427a.html

Sunlight also helps you get a better night's sleep, and enhances your mood.  

Wear a SunFriend UV monitor for Healthier + Safer Sun Time year round! Click Here to Buy Now!


‘Go play outside, kids:’ Natural light reduces risk of nearsightedness in children, scientists say November 30 2014

Scientists say the "outdoor effect" on nearsighted children is real: natural light is good for the eyes.

November 28

It's long been thought kids are more at risk of nearsightedness, or myopia, if they spend hours and hours in front of computer screens or fiddling with tiny hand-held electronic devices.

Not true, say scientists. But now there is research that suggests that children who are genetically predisposed to the visual deficit can improve their chances of avoiding eyeglasses just by stepping outside.

Yep, sunshine is all they need -- more specifically, the natural light of outdoors -- and 14 hours a week of outdoor light should do it.

Full story published story in the Washington Post


KTLA TV Bets on SunFriend as tech that can break bad habbits November 10 2014

click here to see the clip!


Not Enough Sun Exposure Can Be Risky October 19 2014

-Ann Lukits, Wall Street Journal

Women Who Avoided the Sun Were Twice as Likely to Die From Any Cause as Those Who Had the Greatest Sun Exposure

Getting too much sun can lead to skin cancer. But getting too little sun also can be risky, especially in regions with limited sunshine, a study suggests.

Women who avoided the sun were twice as likely to die from any cause, including skin cancer, as those who had the greatest sun exposure, according to a report in the July issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine. Exposure to sunlight is the main source of vitamin D. Deficiencies in the vitamin have been linked to cardiovascular deaths and more aggressive skin cancers, the researchers said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and wearing sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. The study, conducted in Sweden, suggests sun-exposure guidelines may be too restrictive in northern latitudes.

From 1990 to 1992, sun exposure was assessed in close to 30,000 Swedish women ages 25 to 64. Subjects reported on questionnaires how often they sunbathed, their use of tanning beds, and if they traveled to other regions to swim and sunbathe. Sun exposure was scored from 0 (avoiding sun) to 4 (highest exposure). Other factors, such as a history of malignant melanoma and red hair, a risk factor for melanoma, were recorded.

Melanomas and deaths were subsequently tracked through national registries until 2011. There were 267 cases of melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, and just over 2,500 deaths from all causes during the study period.

Women who got the most sun had the greatest risk of developing skin cancer. But compared with that group, the risk of dying from all causes was twice as great among the sun avoiders and 40% higher in those with moderate sun exposure.

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SunFriend assists Vitamin D Council Fundraiser! August 10 2014



The Vitamin D Council was formed  byJohn J Cannell, MD to educate the public on the importance of sun exposure and vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency is now at a pandemic level around the world and is a leading contributor to all kinds of disorders such as MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, rickets, influenza, asthma, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.

The most natural way to get your vitamin D is from the sun as nature intended it. With a tool like the SunFriend, you can see your progress as you are exposed to the sun in an efficient and fun manner and get as much sun as possible before you are over-exposed. It takes most of the guess work out of optimizing your time in the sun. 

SunFriend Corporation is a life-long member of the Vitamin D Council and is proud to be supporting their efforts to create healthier lives. Please click on the link to their pledge page to learn more and donate to this worthy cause! https://pledge.vitamindcouncil.org/


SunFriend wins Intel "Make it Wearable" Award! July 12 2014

SunFriend® won the Intel contest "For Game Changing Wearable Tech Ideas!" The SunFriend video was submitted under the category for healthcare. "The UVA+B SunFriend will allow those people who want to manage safer sun time to have optional warning signals for when they have had enough sun." 

SunFriend received prized totaling about $10K including a trip to San Francisco for the Final Judging Event of the Make it Wearable Challenge scheduled for October 31 - November 4th. 

To watch the video and read more, click here! 


PC Magazine reviews SunFriend! July 08 2014

On July 8, 2014 PC Magazine's Jill Duffy reviewed the SunFriend. Highlights of their review include; SunFriend is elegantly simple, though it has a very beach-like, fun appearance. It's a far cry from the more serious-looking, all-black or chrome-lined wearables out there… and ...The wrist-worn UVA+B SunFriend detects UV rays, and alerts you when it's time to cover up based on your skin sensitivity; it's ideal if you want some direct sun exposure for the vitamin D benefits…

Jill was admittedly afraid to test the SunFriend without wearing sunscreen, which may be a reasonable fear given that the public has been warned that the sun is really bad for us! There is plenty of research on both sides of the aisle, but the bottom line is that one must use common sense in every situation. Using a SunFriend, can really help the wearer understand how much UV is getting through the ozone layer right where they are, and give them a better idea of what a safer, healthier amount of time in the sun is.