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January 01, 2007

Almost past her prime.

Adolescence comes with a one-time window for building strong bones — bones that will stay stronger into adulthood and beyond. That’s why it’s so important for young teens to “build their bone banks” with weight-bearing exercise and a diet rich in calcium.


At least three cups of low fat or fat free milk plus other calcium-rich foods each day is a good rule. If you have children 11–15, make sure they take advantage of this critical time frame. They won’t get a second chance to build strong bones.

For more information, visit orthoinfo.org and nichd.gov/milk/.

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