While one-and-a-half years may seem like a short length, my time at the Vitamin D Council has seen more change and growth than I could have imagined. Today was my last day as I have stepped down to pursue graduate studies.
At a recent Vitamin D Council meeting, Dr. John Cannell asked me about the changes I had witnessed in our organization during my time here and where I saw the Council heading in the near future.
To me, the Vitamin D Council has rapidly taken on a more direct approach to improve health through optimizing vitamin D status. This is what I’ve witnessed and what I believe the Council will continue to advance.
When I joined the Vitamin D Council, analyzing and synthesizing high-quality, evidence-based information on vitamin D was our top priority and we performed that role exceptionally. Today, we continue to accomplish this aspect of our core mission but have now added on more ways for the public to become aware of vitamin D and take important steps to improve their health.
In just one-and-a-half years, the Vitamin D Council has launched a Q&A forum, a podcast, and its own in-home vitamin D test kit. Together, these projects allow the public to become aware of relevant research and to interpret their own vitamin D levels in the context of their health.
The most important aspect to improving health is through easy access to relevant information. The Vitamin D Council has gone to great lengths to excel at this. Now, we provide a means for people to find out if they are vitamin D deficient and provide means to then take that information and optimize their levels and improve their health.
In the coming future, the Vitamin D Council hopes to become a hub for all things vitamin D and sunlight. The aim is to continue to provide the highest quality information while building on the foundation of providing more direct ways to improve health.
The vitamin D community today is thriving. The myriad of passionate individuals I’ve met and shared conversations with through my time here reminds me that there is a large and dedicated group of people committed to the cause of ending vitamin D deficiency.
As I say my farewell, I’d like to thank all of you who affirmed the work of the Vitamin D Council and have shown me just how driven this community is and will continue to be.
Others I’d like to thank:
With that, I’d like to say farewell and thank you again. I may be finishing my work at the Vitamin D Council, but my work in public health and commitment to improving lives is just beginning.