The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Press Release: Rep. Paul Seaton
House Resolution Highlights Vitamin D Deficiency Issue
|HCR 5 Asks Governor to Establish Prevention of Disease Model and for State Health Department to Provide Supplements|
Posted: April 11, 2011
Contact: Louie Flora, 465-3923
(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously passed a resolution promoting vitamin D supplementation and asking the governor to establish a prevention of disease primary health care model for the state.
The data shows that the daily supplementation of vitamin D can have important and life-saving impacts on a person's health ...
~ Rep. Paul Seaton
House Concurrent Resolution 5, sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, looks to raise awareness to the chronic and sometimes debilitating effects vitamin D deficiency has, while also pointing out that Alaska has the lowest rates in the nation in resident's comparative blood tests according to numerous studies and data provided as back-up to testimony on the bill.
"People, especially in Alaska, should be tested for levels of vitamin D in the blood, because you may be surprised even if you feel you're healthy," Seaton said. "The resolution looks to accomplish two things: to have the state health department investigate the data and promote supplementation, and asking the governor to move to a prevention of disease primary health care model, which is similar to his proactive preventative message in the 'Choose Respect' campaign against family violence."
Seaton says the benefits of supplementation heavily outweigh the costs. "A year-and-a-half supply of five-thousand IU (dose) tablets costs only around nine dollars," Seaton said. "Compare that with a flu shot, which can cost around $30 or a trip to the hospital or clinic to diagnose the flu, which can cost hundreds of dollars. The data shows that the daily supplementation of vitamin D can have important and life-saving impacts on a person's health, especially for we Alaskans in the Arctic and near-Arctic areas where long winters lead to greater instances of deficiency."
HCR 5 also asks the health department to provide supplements to the elderly, children and pregnant women, who need it most.
HCR 5 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.