's Director Emily’s Director Emily Francis was interviewed in The Birmingham Times, the Southeast’s largest Black weekly, recently discussing the essential vitamin D needs of African Americans.

Mrs. Francis talked about vitamin D deficiency in Blacks as well as illnesses affecting them due to their lack of vitamin D. Perhaps most interesting, the nutritionist discussed the misconceived notion that too much sun exposure causes cancer among Blacks.

“Many health professionals have been using a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to health counseling, causing many Blacks to avoid sun exposure and use sunblock, which further reduces the health benefits of the sun,” Mrs. Francis said, adding, “Skin types with greater amounts of melanin have higher degrees of sun block and better protection from harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays of the sun that may lead to skin cancer.”

Read her entire interview with The Birmingham Times after the fold or view the PDF at DropBox.

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