Join us for a 1 hour webinar where we will be exploring the importance of vitamin D for young children.

Discussion would include the following: 

  • PHE's recommendations for children under 4 years
  • Vitamin D deficiencies amongst children in the UK
  • Identification of children at risk as well as signs and symptoms
  • Vitamin D deficiency in UK Asian families – cultural and dietary customs and genetic disposition contributing towards deficiencies 
  • The rise of rickets and bone health problems resulting from low vitamin D status
  • SACN’s vitamin D recommendation for 0-11 months (including breastfed babies), 1-3 years and 4 years +
  • Dietary sources of vitamin D and the importance of fortified foods and supplements for 3 years + (regulations do not allow weaning products to be fortified with vitamin D)
  • Seasonal risks and being careful in the sun – how much exposure is healthy and how much is dangerous?
  • The role community practitioners play in promoting the value of vitamin D to parents and families 

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions to the expert speakers in a Q&A session after the presentations.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please register to receive the on demand recording via email after the event.


Helen Bird (Host)

Community Practitioner

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Helen Bird is editor of Community Practitioner, the journal of the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association. She has a background in healthcare and childcare publications, having previously worked on Midwives for the RCM, The PharmacistPrimary Care Today and Under 5, the magazine of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. She is happy to hear from Community Practitioner readers at


Dr Carrie Ruxton

Dietitian, Health writer and TV nutritionist

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With a PhD in Child Nutrition and over 100 published articles on diet and health, Carrie Ruxton is a registered dietitian with 25 years’ experience in nutrition and health.

Since 2003, she has headed a consultancy, Nutrition Communications, which offers nutrition and communications advice to food and beverage companies, and trade bodies. Formerly, Carrie worked as an academic, hospital dietitian and industry nutritionist.

Carrie publishes widely in scientific journals, textbooks and magazines, as well as writing audits and strategies for the public sector. She has won three awards for her writing, including the British Dietetic Association’s Elizabeth Washington Award.

Professor Louis Levy

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Prof Levy's career over 20 years has involved nutrition, research, health promotion and policy across the academic, voluntary and local and central government sectors. A regular spokesperson on dietary issues, he has had involvement in updating UK government advice on healthy eating, vitamin D, sugar and fibre, salt and sugar reformulation and the nutrient profile model. He is currently overseeing SACN reviews of complementary feeding, saturated fat, folic acid fortification, nutrition and dementia, and military energy requirements. Louis is a registered public health nutritionist, fellow of the Association for Nutrition, member of the Nutrition Society, honorary member of the British Dietetic Association, member of the Society of Biology and a chartered biologist.


Sara Patience

Health visitor and registered nutritionist

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Sara Patience is uniquely qualified as a registered health visitor and registered nutritionist. Sara qualified as a nurse in 1986 and as a health visitor in 1998. An interest in early years nutrition and the influential role health visitors play in promoting healthy eating amongst infants and preschool children, led Sara to gaining an MSc (merit) in nutritional medicine at the University of Surrey. Sara writes regularly for nursing and health visiting journals, and was also commissioned to write a book for parents based in current the current evidence around introducing solid foods - Easy Weaning, everything you need to know.

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