Young voiceover artists from the Outer Hebrides needed to promote the importance of Vitamin D

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NHS Western Isles is calling on budding young voiceover artists across the Outer Hebrides to feature in a local film about the importance of Vitamin D to keep us healthy.

The Health Board is looking for children aged between five and eight to provide sound recordings to help promote the uptake of Vitamin D in the Western Isles.

Low Vitamin D levels are a particular issue for many different groups, including all pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years, and adults aged 65 years and over. Pregnant women must also ensure that not only their own requirement for Vitamin D is met, but that they also build up adequate stores in the developing foetus for early infancy.

Although the body can create most of its own Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, those living in Scotland only receive enough sunlight for approximately half of the year. For the remainder of the year, those living in Scotland are dependent on Vitamin D stores that have been built up within their bodies during the summer months and on other sources such as dietary intake and supplements.

NHS Western Isles has therefore decided to create a short film (approximately five minutes) to raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D, involving a number of local individuals and families from different islands in the Western Isles.

The localised film, commissioned by the Western Isles Maternal and Infant Nutrition Group, and operated through the NHS Western Isles Public Health Division, will feature a series of messages emphasising the importance of Vitamin D for good health and mental health, the foods containing/rich in Vitamin D, the importance of daily supplements for identified at-risk groups, as well as providing information on the Healthy Start Scheme (child drops, pregnancy tablets and voucher scheme) and access points for obtaining free Healthy Start Vitamin D supplements.

Recordings will take place between August 8 and 17 in a variety of locations across the Western Isles. If your child is interested, please record them saying the following sentence:

‘Vitamin D is important for everyone’s health. It keeps our bones strong and healthy.’

You can usually do this on your mobile phone, but if you need help, please get in touch (details below).

The film will be made available throughout the Western Isles, and will also feature on social media sites and websites.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Marissa Maclennan (marissa.maclennan@nhs.net) or 01851 701545. You can also email recordings to Marissa, or contact her if you need help with the recording.

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