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FSSAI launched ‘Project Dhoop’ To Meet Vitamin D Deficiency Among School Children



FSSAI launched ‘Project Dhoop’ To Meet Vitamin D Deficiency Among School Children

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched a nationwide campaign ‘Project Dhoop’ on 9th April 2018 at National Bal Bhawan in New Delhi.

The Project Dhoop aims to spread awareness about availing Vitamin D through natural sunlight and consuming fortified food containing Vitamin A and Vitamin D among school-going children. 

The Project Dhoop encourages all schools to shift their morning assembly to around noon-time, mainly between 11 am to 1 pm to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.

The Project Dhoop has been implemented by FSSAI in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), North MCD and several private schools through a Joint Noon Assembly. At present, about 25 schools from the National Capital Region (NCR) has participated in the initiative.

The Project Dhoop was launched in a bid to overcome rising incidence of Vitamin D deficiency in India, studies over 90% of boys and girls in various Indian cities are deficient in Vitamin D despite most part of the country receive abundant sunshine throughout the year.

Vitamin D Deficiency (VDD) mostly occurs due to overuse of sunscreen, wearing clothes that cover most of the skin and working inside all day in the air-conditioned atmosphere etc.


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