John McKenzie reports on tonight's World News that millions of children are not getting enough vitamin D. Many doctors are calling the news a critical "wakeup call" to parents across the country. Heart disease, brittle bones and even cancer are all risks associated with insufficient vitamin D, and today's results show that teenagers with low levels are already more likely to have high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels.
The recommended intake for children is 400 IU which translates into about 15 minutes of sunlight 3 times a week. Eating foods such as milk and cheese are also good sources of the vitamin, and if that's not enough, vitamin D supplements are also an option.
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