The SunSpot shines at UMD
For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, hop on board. The SunSpot Bus, run by twins Katherine and Sue York, wants to become an institution of wellness for all students at UMD. Due to the distance from the sun, students can be easily affected by S.A.D. with a lack of Vitamin D. Their mission is to aid everyone in feeling better through light therapy.
The SunSpot bus is a 16 seat bus that is equipped with UVB lights that give off Vitamin D to fill the void that is apparent among those who live with darkness.
“We hope to establish deep connections to the university's wellness offerings,” Sol Sisters Katherine and Sue said.
The light on their bus helps raise the seratonin levels of those who are lacking Vitamin D. They stop at more than one place throughout a normal day so that people everywhere in Duluth can experience the light. They often stop at the 4th Street Whole Foods Co-Op and the Juice Pharm.
They stop at specific locations so people of all kinds can hop on for 30 minutes to get some light. It costs $5 for 30 minutes at the spots they stop. The bus also features a variety of things to do like eat vitamin rich foods and read magazines. They allow people to bring their own food and homework.
York sisters were excited to finally be at UMD on April 27, as it has also been to UWS, Lake Superior College and College of Saint Scholastica. The easiest way to find where they are is to follow their Facebook page, updated every Sunday night as to where they will be for the week.