Temasek Foundation provided over 100,000 bottles of Vitamin D3 tablets to low income families and seniors, as well as expectant mothers who have been assessed to be suitable to take Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a key role in supporting the immune system, muscle function and, together with calcium, helps to keep bones strong and healthy.
Commonly known as “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D3 is made in the skin when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Even though Singapore has reasonably consistent daylight hours all year round, studies suggest that many Singaporeans are deficient in Vitamin D. This could have worsened with more people staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vitamin D has two main forms – D2 which is derived from plant sources and fortified foods, while Vitamin D3 is produced by the skin upon sun exposure, and is also obtained from animal sources or from fortified foods. Vitamin D3 is proven to be more effective than Vitamin D2 in raising serum 25(OH)D concentrations, which is the clinical indicator of Vitamin D status.
Along with the distribution, a public education campaign was also conducted to raise awareness on the importance of getting enough Vitamin D. The #StrongerWithSunshine campaign featured a microsite which included personal experiences from community influencers on how they boost their Vitamin D levels with regular outdoor activities and good nutrition.