It takes calcium to build strong bones. So calcium is especiallyimportant during the tween and teen years, when bones are growingtheir fastest.
Boys and girls in these age groups have calcium needs that theycan’t make up for later in life. In fact, by the time teensfinish their growth spurts around age 17, 90 percent of their adultbone mass is established.
Unfortunately, fewer than one in ten girls and only one in fourboys ages 9 to 13 are at or above their adequate intake ofcalcium.This lack of calcium has a big impact on bones andteeth.
Calcium is critical for lifelong bone health.
Calcium is critical for teeth.
More Milk Matters - Sources of Calcium
In addition to low-fat or fat-free milk, there are a lot ofways for tweens and teens to get the calcium they need each day.Learn more about sourcesof calcium.