When I was little girl mom shared the importance of eating a balanced meal, and she made sure to serve us green veggies every day. But even as hard as she tried to make sure we were getting our daily intake of vitamins and minerals through our food, she knew that we might not get everything we need so she made sure we took a daily vitamin and a daily calcium supplement.
Did you know Almost 70% of women, on average, are calcium deficient. However, that number jumps significantly for teen girls: 86% of teen girls do not get enough calcium in their daily diets. This is critical because 95% of bone building happens by age 20.
Mom knew all of that because in our house every dinner ended with a vitamin an a calcium. She was determined to help us build up a reserve of calcium so that we wouldn’t face an early depletion of calcium in our bones. And she made sure we understood the importance why we ate those calcium tablets. (Thanks Mom!)
Of course, back in the ’80s calcium supplements tasted like chalk. And I remember fighting mom on taking those things. (Sorry Mom.) Too bad Viactiv wasn’t around back then, taking my calcium would have been a lot easier, and tastier too!
I’ve always been a milk drinker. Even today I have a glass of milk a day, plus most days I eat cheese too. But I admit that I haven’t taken a calcium supplement (other than what was in my prenatal vitamins) since I went away to college. While I am long past my years of bone building, now is the time I need to make sure that I am maintaining my bone strength. According to this chart, I should be getting at least 1,000 mg of calcium a day. And since my daily glass of milk only has 300 mg, I am afraid I am falling short!
Not included on the chart are levels for the little ones, but according to Viactiv’s FAQ girls 4-8 need 800 mg of calcium daily. For now both of my daughters drink three glasses of milk per day, which is enough calcium to meet the recommended amount for their ages, but that won’t always be the case.
So it is my job to share with the importance of calcium, just like my mom shared it with me. And, like my mom, to set a good example about getting my calcium now too. Luckily with these tasty Viactiv Chews, that won’t be an issue because I want these kiddos to build strong bones.
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