An estimated 40% of young children are Vitamin D deficient and despite a call to action on vitamin D by the chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies last October, no headway has yet been made in issuing proper guidelines on how to deal with a problem that has led to a four-fold increase in the number of cases of the bone disease rickets in recent years. Vitamin D is found in foods such as eggs, oily fish and cereals but it can be hard to get the right quantities from diet alone so supplements are recommended for children under 5.
One of the main ways the body makes vitamin D is through exposure to sunshine but health messages encourage the population to cover up and stay out of the sun. Clearly, a balanced message is needed that promotes sun safety and the benefits of access to the outdoors during the summer months.
Vitamin D Mission is an organisation that aims to raise awareness of the issue and help prevent further deficiency in children.
For further details go to: www.vitamindmission.co.uk
National Sun Awareness Week – 4th – 10th May 2014
This campaign is designed to highlight the dangers of over-exposure to the sun and promote safe behaviour.
For further details and resources go to: www.twinkl.co.uk