Milk, a force of nature: bone-friendly

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National Dairy Council

Wed, Dec 4, 2013, 11:27

Choose a ‘bone-friendly’ lifestyle
Bone health is something which many young people overlook, often considering it to be an issue only for older people. But make no bones about it – many
lifestyle choices made during the younger years can have an impact on your bone health in later life!

Calcium and bone health
A balanced diet which provides adequate nutrients is essential for our bones. Most of us are aware of calcium as the nutrient commonly associated with bone health. Calcium is needed for the growth and development of bone in children and the maintenance of our bones and teeth.

Get the power of milk on your side
Milk is an important source of calcium and can be easily enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The Department of Health’s Food Pyramid recommends three servings from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group each day. Between the ages of 9-18 years, 5 servings daily are recommended. Examples of one serving include: 200ml of milk, 125ml of yogurt or 25g of hard cheese. The wide range of low-fat/ reduced-fat options from this food group remain an important source of nutritional goodness, providing plenty of variety and choice.

Keeping active
Regular participation in weight-bearing activities (any activity which puts the full weight of your body on your feet and legs) is also important for bone health. Examples include brisk walking, running, rope skipping, dancing and most team sports. Remember, if you have any concerns about your bone health, speak to your GP who can give you specific advice tailored to your individual needs.


How nutrients work for you


Protein
 - Bone Health
 - Muscle Maintenance

Calcium
 - Bone and Dental Health

Iodine
 - Skin Health
 - Energy Metabolism

Vitamin B2
 - Reduction of Tiredness & Fatigue
 - Skin Health

Vitamin B12
 - Immune System Function
 - Energy Metabolism
 

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