Healthy actions now for a strong and durable future

This week has been Healthy Bones Action Week – a legendairy initiative driven by Dairy Australia.

Healthy Bones Action Week encourages Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build up and also maintain healthy bones. These three actions are:

1. Bump up your calcium intake through milk, cheese, yoghurt and other high calcium foods;

2. Stay actice through regular exercise to maintain bone strength; and

3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

As everyone who reads my blog is aware, I love dairy products. Whether I am enjoying a Chobani yoghurt + oats tube on the way to work, having the most amazing skinny hot chocolate from Barry in Northcote, or using feta, haloumi, ricotta and goats cheese in a range of my dinner meals, I always tend to sneak in my three serves of dairy each day.

But if you’re not a fan of dairy products (or want a bit of diet variety in your life), there are plenty other calcium containing foods out there. Regular intake of salmon, soy products and calcium-fortified milk alternatives are perfect ways to ensure you are reaching your calcium goal of 1,000 -1,300mg per day.

Some bone-healthy actions I’ve been enjoying lately:

That skinny hot chocolate from Barry in Northcote.

That skinny hot chocolate from Barry in Northcote.

Decadent porridge made with milk

Decadent porridge made with milk (I swear there is porridge under there!)

Chai from Crompton Coffee in Richmond

Chai from Crompton Coffee in Richmond (the new toast cafe).

Veggie pho with tofu.

Veggie pho with tofu.

Building strong bones exercising with friends and soaking up the vitamin D.

Building strong bones exercising with friends and soaking up the vitamin D.

New Chobani flavours make it very easy to meet my daily dairy serves..

New Chobani flavours make it very easy to meet my daily dairy serves..

Oven baked lemon-butter-dill salmon

Oven baked lemon-butter-dill salmon

Oh heres another Barry hot choc.

Oh here’s another Barry hot choc pic.

Osteoporosis:

“Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause” as reported by Dairy Australia.

So particularly all the women out there, it’s important at all stages of life to start building strong, durable and non-brittle bones.

The only brittleness I want in my life is the peanut kind.

– Jenna

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