Dairy and Bone Health

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and encourages people to understand the risk factors associated with osteoporosis. Preventative measures which promote healthy bones include sufficient calcium intake, achieving adequate levels of vitamin D, and performing bone healthy exercises.

Our bones support us by protecting our brain, heart and other organs from injury. That is why it’s never too early, or too late, to make bone health a priority. Many nutrients work together to support growth and maintenance of bone in addition to physical activity. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is especially important during childhood and adolescence to help support bone health.  By the age of 18 years, at least 90% of bone mass has been established.

But it is equally important later in life to focus on good nutrition and physical activity as a way to help maintain bone mass. And this is true for both men and women.

Whether building bone mass earlier in life, or maintaining strong bones later in life, getting three daily servings of dairy, the top source for calcium and vitamin D, is so important and is recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Strong Bones For Kids

    Kids are not just little adults. Find out how much calcium they need and tips to incorporate it into their day.

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  • Making the Calcium Connection

    Calcium is needed to build strong bones. Learn how much you need and the top food sources to find it.

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  • Science Summary: Bone Health and Peak Bone Mass

    Grounded in science, dairy foods supply key nutrients that can help support strong bones.

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  • Milk Nutrient Comparison Cards

    Teaching visuals comparing the nutritional profile of whole milk, 2%, 1% and fat free.

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  • Think Your Drink

    What you choose to pour in your glass can make all the difference in getting the calcium you need.

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  • Bone Basics

    Bone Basics from the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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