According to Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, “Vitamin D may represent the single most cost effective medical intervention we have today.” The problem is that up to 75% of Canadians are deficient in vitamin D or have suboptimal levels...
Halifax, N.S. (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
The Halifax Vitamin D – Disease Prevention Symposium is a free event scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st, starting at 7 pm, and is aimed at raising awareness of vitamin D and its many benefits related to health and wellness. Presenters include top vitamin D researcher Dr. Robert Heaney, author and founder of the Sunlight Institute Dr. Marc Sorenson, GrassrootsHealth director Carole Baggerly, and Dr. Carol Wagner, pediatrician and active researcher in the area of vitamin D and pregnancy and lactation.
The event is meant to provide education to healthcare professionals as well as the general public about vitamin D and the many diseases that respond dramatically to optimal vitamin D serum levels (defined as 40-60 ng/mL or 100-150 nmol/L). These diseases, which the World Health Organization has deemed the leading causes of death in the world, include breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. An additional focus will be on reducing life-long disorders and pregnancy complications through maintaining healthy vitamin D levels during pregnancy.
According to Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, internist, pediatrician and internationally respected expert in integrative therapies, “Vitamin D may represent the single most cost effective medical intervention we have today.” The problem is that up to 75% of Canadians are deficient in vitamin D or have suboptimal levels, and those statistics are worsening.
In order to help solve the current vitamin D deficiency in Halifax, this event is taking a step beyond simply providing information and education about vitamin D. By launching the ‘Let it SHINE’ campaign, GrassrootsHealth will be introducing a plan of action to help overcome the deficiency and bring free vitamin D testing, tracking, and education to the community.
GrassrootsHealth is a non-profit organization promoting vitamin D education and awareness, regular testing, and an optimal serum range of 40-60ng/mL (100-150 nmol/L), as supported by over 40 international vitamin D researchers. Their ‘Let it SHINE’ campaign is their way of generating local excitement and collaborative community action to provide vitamin D education, awareness, and free testing to communities around the globe through the creation of individual Vitamin D*action Community Projects. Halifax will be the first D*action Canadian Community Project under the ‘Let it SHINE’ campaign.
Those interested in launching or sponsoring the ‘Let it SHINE’ campaign, the Halifax D*action Community Project, or an individual D*action Community Project in their area can contact Jen Aliano, Communications Director, at jen at grassrootshealth.org.
To attend this free symposium, please register here or email vitdsym at gmail.com with the title ‘Register’ and your name in the title. Healthcare practitioners, including doctors, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, and other providers, individuals wanting to learn more about health and disease prevention, and those interested in volunteering for or learning more about the ‘Let it SHINE’ campaign and the Halifax D*action Community Project, are welcome to join.