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The best sources of calcium are:
- Dairy products
- Milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Dark green vegetables
- Dried beans
- Calcium fortified juices
Calcium keeps bones and teeth strong, helps muscles to contract, and the heart to beat. Unfortunately, 90% of teenage girls and 70% of teenage boys are not getting enough calcium. A recent study indicated that children with a lower calcium intake had a lower bone density and more bone fractures.
Cat Drinking Milk Encouraging children to drink more milk is a major goal of most health organizations. If you are a parent/caregiver, get your children to drink more milk! Try adding flavor to the milk, the health benefits will far outweigh any extra calories that the beverage contains.
For strong bones and healthy bodies, be sure to consume calcium rich foods and incorporate regular physical activities in your daily routine.
Enjoy low fat yogurt parfaits for dessert smoothies for lunch or a salad with romaine, spinach and parmesan cheese.
Source: American Dietetic Association: www.eatright.org
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