The Sun is Out. Are Your Kids?

Monday, August 03, 2009

It's August and the sun is shining. But two new studies show that kids are not getting nearly enough sun. The studies show that millions of children have disturbingly low levels of vitamin D, the vitamin that comes from the sun. The lack of vitamin D can potentially increase the risk for bone problems, heart disease, and diabetes. The studies come out as the National Academy of Sciences prepares to review the federal government's official guidelines for the recommended daily intake of Vitamin D. For all about you need to know about kids, sunshine, and Vitamin D The Takeaway talks to Dr. Michal Melamed from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who conducted one of the studies.

Guests:

Dr. Michal Melamed

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes

Contributors:

Brigid Bergin

Comments [1]

Katia

Plenty of people don't get enough vitamin D. That's a downside to sunscreen, which we're told we should wear every day, even in winter. If you follow those rules, yep, you're not going to get any sun. Perhaps we should encourage moderate, common-sense sunblock rules.

Aug. 03 2009 10:12 AM

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