About Healthy Bones

You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones.

No matter what your age, actions can be taken to help your body build and maintain strong bones. It starts in childhood, this is the biggest opportunity to lay the foundation to build strong bones for life. The teenage years are a major growth period because at this time teens' bodies build one-quarter of their adult bone mass. Peak bone mass is reached when you’re in your late twenties, and, after this it is vital to continue to get adequate calcium, exercise and vitamin D in order to maintain the bone you have built.

The three actions to build and maintain healthy bones:

1. Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yogurt;  
2. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise; and
3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

Follow the tabs on the left to find out about the importance of building and maintaining strong bones at your life stage.