Good For Your Daughter's Bones
The National Bone Health Campaign (NBHC)
the time your daughter is in her twenties, she will have developed
most of her skeletal bone mass. This means that right now she has
a window of opportunity to build her bones by eating foods with
calcium and doing weight-bearing physical activity. This can help
to reduce her risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.
daughter needs to consume 1,300 milligrams, or 130% Daily Value
(% DV) of calcium each day to ensure healthy bone development. Why
130%? The % DV shown on the food label is calculated for a person
who needs 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day and girls need more
calcium than that.
HOW YOU CAN HELP--
Set a Good Example
care of the person she looks up to most you. Serve yourself
bone-healthy snacks and meals. After all, to stay strong, your bones
continue to need calcium throughout your life.
your daughter to Powerful
Bones. Powerful Girls. for girl-friendly information and
educational games. Discuss the importance of a balanced diet, including
foods with calcium, and why it's important for her to build strong
bones now. Make grocery lists or shop with her, so she can learn
about food choices and meal planning.
dairy and non-dairy foods with calcium into your family's meals
and snacks even when you're on the go. Have her try new,
fun foods with calcium. Add foods with calcium into dishes that
she already eats. Take a look at food labels to see how much calcium
different foods have more and more foods that children like
are made with added calcium.
her practice her math skills by adding up the amount of calcium
she eats in a day girls aged 918 need 1,300 milligrams
(or 130% Daily Value) of calcium each day. The handy calcium calculator
will make this a snap.
to read more about the research behind these tips? Click
more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/powerfulbones/parents/index.html