Midwest Dairy Association

Bone Health

The health benefits of drinking milk have been well documented by decades of nutrition research, and are backed up by the nutrition and science community. This includes the National Osteoporosis Foundation, U.S. Surgeon General, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and many other leading health organizations.

This body of science has led to the Dietary Guidelines recommendation for three servings of low-fat and fat-free milk or equivalent milk products daily as part of a healthy diet.

Science shows that consuming at least three servings of milk, cheese and yogurt every day helps people meet their calcium and potassium recommendations which may help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

In fact, the positive link between calcium in dairy products and bone health has been established for decades through dozens of clinical studies and references.

Additional Resources

30 Days of Dairy

It is recommended that people 9 years and older consume 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy every day. However, on average, people are consuming only about 2 servings of dairy a day. Here are 30 ways to incorporate more dairy into your diet.

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Milk's Role in Bone Health

Act early to prevent osteoporosis later.

Bone Health Toolkit

Access National Dairy Council’s Bone Health toolkit for more resources, including fact sheets, patient education materials and a “Building Bones” quiz.