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Vitamin D Council podcast 17: Vitamin D Day

Posted on: October 31, 2017   by  Vitamin D Council

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In honor of Vitamin D Day, the Vitamin D Council invited three vitamin D experts to join this podcast to discuss what fuels their passion for vitamin D, why vitamin D deficiency is a public health issue and how they envision ending the vitamin D deficiency pandemic.

The following experts participated in this podcast:

  • Dr. John Cannell, founder and Medical Director of the Vitamin D Council
  • Dr. Robyn Balden, volunteer blogger for the VDC and Medical Research Scientist
  • Dr. William Grant, VDC Board Member and founder of a fellow nonprofit, Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center (SUNARC)

The Vitamin D Council invites you to join the researchers, medical professionals and health conscious individuals throughout the world to help spread awareness on the importance of vitamin D and safe sun exposure for human health.

Vitamin D may be the most underestimated micronutrient in today’s society. In fact, most people simply recognize vitamin D for it’s role in bone health, unaware that when activated by the body, vitamin D acts as a hormone. From it’s ability to regulate gene expression to its role in facilitating a healthy immune system and inflammatory response, vitamin D is a crucial factor in disease prevention.

Despite the abundance of research on vitamin D and a wide range of health outcomes it has been associated with, the prevalence of deficiency remains alarmingly high.  In fact, researchers estimate approximately one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient. Why is this the case?

The primary factor preventing the public from reaching optimal vitamin D status is not the expense of supplementation or the inconvenience of spending time out in the sun, it is lack of awareness. It makes perfect sense; how can one possibly resolve an issue they do not know exists? Help us educate the public on vitamin D and safe sun exposure to put an end to this pandemic of chronic illness and empower the public to take a proactive approach to their health.

Get involved!

Visit our ‘What You Can Do’ page on www.vitamindday.net to help encourage vitamin D education among families, schools and the workplace. Use our graphics to share with your social circle. Please join the conversation on Twitter, and remember to #VitaminDDay.

Other happenings

Vitamin D Council is offering free one-month memberships to their blog for anyone that emails November 2nd requesting membership. To redeem free one-month membership from the Vitamin D Council, email info@vitamindcouncil.org with the title “Vitamin D Day” in the heading.

In addition, the Vitamin D Council invites everyone to share a photo (with a description) showing how they plan to celebrate Vitamin D Day. The top 10 photos will either receive an ‘I <3 vitamin D’ wristband, water bottle or beach mat. Contact info@vitamindcouncil.org by Thursday, November 9, 2017 to join our efforts. Interested participants should submit a photo with names, contact information and a description of how they plan to celebrate Vitamin D Day. The contest winners will be chosen by November 14, 2017.

Lastly, be sure to pledge your support of this cause by pinning your general location to our Pledge Map!

Who’s behind Vitamin D Day?

Back in 2007, a fellow nonprofit based in Canada, Vitamin D Society, began promoting November as Vitamin D Awareness month.  By 2009, InspireHealth acknowledged November 2nd as National Vitamin D Day in Canada. Since this time, organizers throughout the world began joining in to support this special awareness day.

This grassroots public health movement inspired Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni to introduce Bill C-388, An Act to establish National Vitamin D Day.

Are you an organization interested in partnering or taking a pledge to spread awareness this year’s Vitamin D Day?

Email info@vitamindday.net or info@vitamindcouncil.org to get involved.

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