By Dr. Mercola

GrassrootsHealth in conjunction with the University of California San Diego has recently released a series of Vitamin D continuing education training courses and certifications you won’t want to miss.

Whether you are a health care professional or a layperson looking to increase your knowledge, these presentations are sure to be of benefit to everyone — and they’re offered free of charge!

Today I’m also offering a live webinar in which I’ll discuss a number of other essential nutritional strategies for optimal health. If you have not yet registered for this webinar, you can do so in the webinar section below.

Free Vitamin D Education for the General Public

Free education sessions for the general public can be found on the University of California Vitamin D for Public Health page. Here you will learn about the science of sunshine exposure and vitamin D, the health conditions affected by vitamin D, how to optimize your vitamin D levels, and much more.

Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows that it is involved in the biochemical function of all cells and tissues in your body, including your immune system and function.

When you’re deficient in vitamin D, your health can deteriorate in any number of ways, because your cells actually need the active form of vitamin D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside the cell.

It’s been estimated that if vitamin D levels were raised among the general population, it could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year!

So please, take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to get this vital education free of charge, and share it with everyone you know so they can be empowered too.

Besides addressing your diet, optimizing your vitamin D level is perhaps one of the most potent ways you can improve your health.

Free Certification Courses for Health Professionals

For health care professionals, each course provides one AMA continuing education credit.

Level 1 D*Certification: Public Health Initiative: Meeting the Vitamin D Requirements of the Pregnant Woman and Improving Health Outcomes is taught by Dr. Carol Wagner, a neonatologist with the Medical University of South Carolina Level 2 D*Certification: Vitamin D, Sunshine, Optimal Health: Putting it all Together is led by one of the leading researchers in the field of vitamin D, Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University

You can sign up for these classes on GrassrootsHealth’s Free Online CME page.

Upon completion of these courses, you can fill out a form to be listed on GrassrootsHealth’s website as a Certified Vitamin D practitioner. Practitioners are also encouraged to enroll their pregnant patients in the Protect Our Children NOW! project, which is now running nationwide.

Health outcomes of mothers and children will be tracked to demonstrate the results of vitamin D optimization during pregnancy and to monitor for any unusual conditions, and the results of the program will…

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