Help your daughter build strong, healthy bones for life
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 9 out of 10 teenage girls do not get enough calcium – an essential nutrient in building strong bones because it helps build peak bone mass. It is important for teenage girls to build strong, healthy bones for life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a daily calcium intake of 1,300 mg during the peak bone-building years for girls age 9 to age 18. This daily regimen results in greater accumulation of bone mineral mass. Studies have shown that bone mineral content achieved in childhood may have an effect on overall bone mass later in life.
We recommend the following tips for building strong bones:
- Ensure she is getting four servings of dairy per day – this may include cheese, yogurt or an 8-ounce glass of milk.
- Ensure you are also getting your recommended daily calcium intake, to set a good example.
- Encourage her to be physically active to keep her bones strong.
- Ensure that her doctor is regularly checking her calcium intake – a calcium dietary supplement may be necessary.
With good adolescent bone health now, your daughter reduces her risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life.