House resolution to recognize significance of Vitamin D in COVID-19

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I had another post in mind for today, but this nutrition news was too interesting not to share. Vitamin D has been prominent in the media with changing perspectives on its role in helping defend against, treat, and mitigate severity of COVID-19 - and you are likely getting questions from students about the role of diet and supplements in immune support. This past week, Congressman Glenn Grothman introduced a House Resolution to recognize the significant role vitamin D may play in the fight against COVID-19 - particularly in the elderly and immunocompromised. Link to resolution here and article summarizing the background and intent of the resolution.  The Wisconsin legislator pointed to claims of science and medical experts from the U.S. and abroad that sent an open letter to world governments stating clear evidence that Vitamin D reduces COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. 


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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.