Midwest Dairy Association

Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and more likely to break.

Healthy bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis are important topics. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis states that, by 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at increased risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate steps are taken.

It is important for adults and children to develop lifestyle habits for healthy bones because the bone mass built during childhood and adolescence helps determine lifetime risk of fractures and osteoporosis.

More About Bone Health

Dairy Foods Play an Important Role in Building Bones

Consuming three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods a day is recognized as key to bone-building by the U.S. Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Additional Resources

Bone Up On Dairy to Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis

Use the meal-time tips to incorporate dairy foods into your family’s diet and use the Meal Planner to chart your dairy servings each day.

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Health Benefits of Dairy Foods: An Update

Dairy Council Digest focused on a variety of health benefits of dairy foods including bone health. Read the beneficial effects of dairy foods on bone metabolism and osteoporosis prevention.

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