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Beyond the Break: The challenges of safely and effectively achieving vitamin D adequacy for Canadians
The most recent national nutrition survey in 2015 found that > 95% of Canadians do not meet Health Canada recommendations for vitamin D intake. Sufficient intake is needed especially in winter for maintaining bone health as well as other health functions. There are few foods containing vitamin D and most run counter to the 2019 Canada Food Guide recommendations for plant-based and whole food choices. While sun exposure and supplements reduce risk of insufficient vitamin D status, caution is needed for these to be used effectively with minimal risk as a recent Canadian study found intakes over the Upper Level of 4000 IU may be harmful to bone. This talk will explore safe and practical solutions for improving vitamin D, especially in older adults including residents of long-term care.

Dec 2, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Susan Whiting
Dr. Susan Whiting is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, where she taught in the Nutrition & Dietetics program since 1988, and at Mount Saint Vincent from 1982-88. Her research spans dietary influences on bone health of children and adults, effectiveness and safety of calcium and vitamin D supplements, and food security at local, institutional and international levels. She is a member of Scientific Advisory Board of Osteoporosis Canada and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is Associate/Deputy Editor on several international journals, and has served on international advisory boards related to bone health, dietary supplements, and vitamin D.