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Banking on Strong Bones

Banking on Strong Bones

Banking On Strong Bones

"Banking on Strong Bones” is a five-lesson curriculum designed for grades 4, 5, and 6.  Beginning on March 22, McIntosh County Extension will be instructing 4th graders in the Wishek and Ashley Schools and 4th-6th graders in the Zeeland School.

“Banking on Strong Bones” curriculum includes nutrition information, fitness topics, hands-on activities, and weekly parent newsletters.

Students are introduced to the MyPlate dietary guidelines for their age group. Students keep a daily food journal and a five-day physical fitness activity report. Students are taught how to read nutrition facts labels and do beverage comparisons and also sample different calcium-rich foods each week. Snacks served are based on MyPlate. Student’s families receive weekly newsletters designed to improve knowledge of nutrition and physical activity.

Calcium is the nutrient most likely lacking in the American diet. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 70 percent of preteen girls and 60 percent of preteen boys do not meet daily calcium recommendations (1,300 milligrams per day for 9-to18-yearolds). According to nutrition experts, this calcium shortage places the current generation at greater risk for osteoporosis, a condition known as a “pediatric disease with geriatric consequences.”



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