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Seminar on Vitamin D and Health

Jakarta, Indonesia
30/11/2011

BACKGROUND

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, well known for its role in skeletal health. While Southeast Asian nations are situated near the equator, recent studies in this region have shown that deficiency of this sunshine vitamin is highly prevalent across all age groups, in both urban and rural populations. At the same time, preliminary findings about the non-skeletal benefits of vitamin D have been widely circulated in the past decade.

The US and European countries have recently revised recommendations on vitamin D intake levels in view of these findings, yet expert opinion on the optimal requirement level remains inconsistent. More research and education are clearly required, but more importantly, awareness of Vitamin D deficiency, its health implications and corrective actions need to be raised and addressed in the Southeast Asian region.

OBJECTIVES

  • To understand the current status of vitamin D in Southeast Asia and the consequences of deficiency and insufficiency
  • To understand how vitamin D requirement is determined, and how different sources of vitamin D contribute to meeting of this requirement
  • To share state-of-the-art knowledge from the region of the role of vitamin D in skeletal health and beyond – including muscular and neurocognitive function, cardiovascular health, cancer and autoimmune disease
  • To discuss the strategies and regulatory landscape in improving vitamin D adequacy in Southeast Asian countries

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Nutritionists and dietitians, researchers, academia, government and regulatory officials, food & supplement industry personnel, and others seeking current information on vitamin D and health

ORGANIZER

ILSI Southeast Asia Region

COLLABORATORS

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Regional Center for Food and Nutrition (RECFON), and Southeast Asian Food & Agricultural Science & Technology (SEAFAST) Center

PROGRAM AGENDA

To download the program agenda, click here.

SUMMARY REPORT

The summary report is available here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For local participants in Indonesia
Ms Tissa Eritha
E-mail: tissaeritha@gmail.com

For overseas participants
ILSI Southeast Asia Region
E-mail: ilsisea@singnet.com.sg