Get out there this Christmas!

There is so much fun to be had around London this Christmas so make the most of your holidays and get out there!

Always useful to check before catching the train or tube into central London is Time Out’s website which often has specific information about special events taking place each day.

Visiting all of London’s free museums and art galleries can be a clever way of learning about Humanities topics, and you can check out the Christmas lights and markets whilst strolling around our capital city.

Another good reason to get outside is Vitamin D deficiency. People should go outside and soak up some sunshine to help increase their vitamin D levels, a charity urged in 2012. Arthritis Research UK says vitamin D deficiency can cause bone loss, muscle function problems and, in some cases, rickets in children.

The government recommends vitamin D supplements for pregnant women and children aged under five. But, on sunny days, a few minutes outdoors should achieve the same results, the charity says.

In January the chief medical officer for England said she was concerned that young children and some adults were not getting enough vitamin D. Figures show that up to a quarter of the population has low levels of vitamin D in their blood. He said: “In less sunny months, we recommend that people top up the vitamin D in their diet by eating more oily fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, pilchards and sardines, and foods ‘fortified’ with vitamin D, such as breakfast cereals and some margarines.”

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