Dairy Food Group

By: Kiley McManaman

Why is the dairy food group important?

Milk and dairy foods are healthy foods and considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients. They provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B12, and riboflavin.

The calcium in milk, yogurt, and cheese is significant yet most people don't get enough calcium or vitamin D each day. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy per day can help build bone mass, leading to improved bone health throughout the life cycle.


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Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue.

Osteoporosis causes:

Weak Bones

Bones to lose calcium (minerals)

Bones to become fragile

and bones to break easily

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Osteoporosis is a preventable disease

To prevent this disease three things you can do are:

Build healthy bones while young

Have a healthy diet

Have a healthy lifestyle


Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.

Engage in regular weight bearing exercise.

Avoid smoking & excessive alcohol.

Talk to your doctor about your bone health.

Plus supplement calcium if necessary.

Healthy Food Options

Milk (Low-Fat or Skim)


Cottage Cheese

Yogurt (Fat-Free or Low-Fat)

Ice Cream or Custard (Low-Fat or Fat-Free)

"List of Healthy Dairy Products." LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 09 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.

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