- Support healthy strong bones
- Contribute to normal muscle function
- Support in the development and maintenance of teeth
To support kids’ bone health, ensure they eat a well-balanced diet which includes plenty of calcium rich foods including dairy products (such as milk, cheese and yoghurt) and other sources of calcium (such as leafy green vegetables, tofu, nuts, legumes) and calcium-fortified foods (for example, soy milk).
Be sure kids get enough vitamin D. We obtain most of our vitamin D from the sun, so it’s important your child’s skin (hands, face, arms) is exposed to the sun for five to ten minutes every day in the warmer months and about 30 minutes in the cooler months.
It’s unlikely that adequate quantities of vitamin D will be obtained through diet alone – but food sources of vitamin D include eggs, liver, and fatty fish such as mackerel, herring and salmon.
Lastly, keep kids active. Physical activity is important for children – ensure that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every day.