Keeping bones healthy

IPSWICH parents are being urged to monitor their children's intake of calcium-rich foods as part of national healthy bones week.

The joint initiative of Dairy Australia and Osteoporosis Australia has been designed to emphasise the importance of dairy in the development of healthy bones and the prevention of osteoporosis later in life.

The message is particularly crucial for school-aged children throughout their peak bone-building years.

Osteoporosis Australia CEO Naseema Sparks said parents needed to be aware of their children's bone health.

“Calcium-rich foods, such as dairy, are needed in the daily diet to help build peak bone mass among children,” Ms Sparks said.

Dairy Australia dietician Glenys Kerrins said the research had serious implications for the future of bone health in Australian children.

“It is concerning that this deficiency amongst children has gone largely unreported,” Ms Kerrins said.

“Almost 90% of 12 to 16 year old girls did not meet the estimated average requirement for calcium,” Ms Kerrins said.

“Obviously our kids are not consuming enough calcium; they need three serves of dairy everyday which is one glass of milk, a tub of yoghurt and a piece of cheese every day.

“Dairy products are the biggest contributor of calcium in the Australian diet and provide a whole package of bone-building nutrients including magnesium, protein, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.”

The theme of this year's national healthy bones week is, Are you feeding your bones?, which encourages people of all ages to ensure they consume adequate calcium.


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