Building Strong Bones

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Calcium is important for children and teens who are growing rapidly and who need to build strong bones.

Along with Calcium, Vitamin D is also important for building strong bones because it helps the body absorb and use calcium. Physical activity can help, too.

Tips

Make it milk at mealtime. If your kids don’t like “plain” milk, serve chocolate- or strawberry-flavored milk instead. Enroll your kids in the lunch milk program at school. Keep grab-and-go milk containers handy.

Work Milk Group foods into meals and snacks. Prepare a pizza with mozzarella cheese for lunch; offer yogurt or cheese sticks for snacks; and top salads, soups, casseroles or tacos with reduced-fat shredded cheese at dinner. You’ll find more ways to use ingredients with calcium in Healthy Living Recipes for Kids.