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Minority Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Date:3/29/2010

ns and other diseases," Cole said. "Parents should be educated about the importance of vitamin D and the source of vitamin D -- sunlight and fortified food sources. Minority low-income children who are at risk should be screened during the fall and winter."

And the findings point out that "vitamin D deficiency is not uncommon in the southern U.S.," he said.

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The U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements has more on vitamin D.



SOURCES: Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., dietitian, nutritionist and exercise physiologist, Fairfield, Conn.; Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and director of the General Clinical Research Center at Boston University Medical Center; Conrad R. Cole, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta; March 29, 2010, Pediatrics, online


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