Charlie Derrick loves his milk.
Charlie Derrick loves his milk. Georja Ryan

Charlie loves milk, no bones about it

WHETHER it be a dash a day in your coffee or a slurp from your cereal bowl of a morning, getting three serves of dairy every day is extremely important for healthy bones.

Lucky for mum-of-two Natarlie Potter, she's never had a problem encouraging her kids to drink milk.

"They just love it," Ms Potter said, referring to daughter Maddy (10) and son Charlie.

As a nurse with Blue Care, Ms Potter said she saw a lot of osteoporosis among the elderly and it only reinforced just how important it was to have enough calcium in your diet.

"We see osteoporosis and brittle bones and a lot of people don't have a high calcium intake, which is not healthy," Ms said.

"We need to encourage people to be healthy from a young age so they can pass that on when they grow up."

Sunday marks the start of National Healthy Bones Week, August 19-25, and dieticians encourage everyone to pick up an extra glass of milk or other source of dairy.

With one in two women and one in three men older than 60 affected by osteoporosis, it is never too late to build bone strength and next week is the perfect time.



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