Are Your Kids Getting Enough Calcium?

Andy VanceCheese, Dairy Checkoff, Education, Milk, Nutrition, Promotion

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Chances are they’re not. The good news, however, is that you can change that. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that while parents are a key influencer in children’s consumption of calcium, and a new study indicates that most children and adolescents are at risk forbone fractures and osteoporosis later in life because of low calcium intake. Naturally, the best way to compensate is consuming the recommended three servings per day of milk, cheese, or yogurt, and to encourage healthy habits, the Dairy Council of California has launced a meal planning website with hundreds of free and easy calcium rich recipes. The site also features a “calcium quiz” tool to help you determine your family’s calcium needs, current intake, and to provide tips on how to up calcium consumption.