“Your bones are like bank accounts,” says Dr Roxanne Portolesi, Nutrition Science Manager from Dairy Australia. “The more you invest in them by incorporating calcium-rich dairy foods in your snacks and meals, the more resilient your bones are.”
Healthy Bones Action Week, now in its 20th year, is the perfect reminder for women of all ages that osteoporosis is preventable – and it starts with taking active steps to protect your bones today.
Three steps to stronger bones
1. Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, yoghurt or cheese.
2. Go for a walk or commit to some new form of regular exercise.
3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.
Why healthy bones?
Two in three Australians over the age of 50 currently have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and it is predicted that by 2022, 6.2 million Australians will be affected. Brittle bones mean that minor bumps and falls can result in serious fractures, which can lead to chronic pain, disability and loss of independence.
Dairy Australia says that nine out of 10 women aged 19-49 years do not consume enough calcium-rich dairy foods to keep their bones healthy.
“There are many healthy and delicious ways of adding more dairy into your day – an easy way is to start and end your day with dairy,” Dr Portolesi says. “Strong bones help keep women active and healthy through all of life’s stages.”
Visit healthybones.com.au for more information and calcium-rich recipe ideas.
How much calcium do you need? Check out our guide to the Australian Dietary Guidelines for more help planning a balanced diet.