• Calcium has an indispensable assistant in building bones: vitamin D.

• Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

• Increasing vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis.

• A small amount of sun exposure can help the body manufacture its own vitamin D.

• Five to 30 minutes of sunlight between 10 am and 3 pm twice a week to your face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin

• People with fair skin that burns easily should protect themselves from skin cancer by limiting sun exposure to 10 minutes or less.

• Food and sun exposure should suffice, but if not, get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement.

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