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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Fundraising Efforts Needed for Vitamin D Study

GrassrootsHealth will use a very generous donation of 4000 bottles of vitamin D3 liquid supplements to distribute to participants in various Protect Our Children NOW! fundraising events in San Diego during the next two months.

The Protect Our Children NOW! campaign to get at least 1000 pregnant women to test their vitamin D levels throughout their pregnancy, and to then test their infants, has just

been launched by GrassrootsHealth. “When there is a randomized trial that not only shows getting the vitamin D serum levels to a minimum of 40 ng/ml is optimal and, that it’s safe, we need to take action on a community basis,” says Carole Baggerly, director of GrassrootsHealth.

Carol L. Wagner, M.D., co-author of the paper on Vitamin D Supplementation and Pregnancy, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2011, and the leader of this study indicates that "The involvement of over 1000 women who have chosen to participate in this population-based study will provide unprecedented data and information that will unequivocally show the importance of vitamin D during pregnancy, and will be the motivating factor in defining and re-defining public policy and strategies to improve health during pregnancy."

Fundraising efforts are needed to provide support for the project. Any organization or group that is interested in sponsoring a fundraising event should contact Jen Aliano, Director of Communications. GrassrootsHealth will provide a brief informational session about vitamin D and pregnancy to the group and will provide the free supplements at the event.

For more details, call 760-710-9305 or visit