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Go! Build Strong Bones.

The information below may be used as a lesson plan to educate your child(ren). This program is designed for younger children. The purpose of this information is to educate and instill habits that lead to increased physical activity levels and teach valuable nutritional lessons that your child can use throughout their lives.

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Best Bones Forever

Let's talk about things we can do to keep our bones healthy.

Can you imagine what your body would look like if you didn’t have any bones in your body?  Our bones protect our organs inside our body such as our brain and heart, and support our body.

Now that we know why we have bones in our body lets learn a little about what our bones are made of.

  • Bone is a living, growing tissue.

  • It is made mostly of two materials called collagen and calcium.

  • Collagen is a protein that provides a soft framework for your bones. Ex. the end of your nose, your ear, fingernails.

  • Calcium is a mineral that adds strength and makes bones hard.

  • The combination of collagen and calcium makes bone strong and flexible enough to hold up under stress.

All together, the bones in your body form your skeleton. Your skeleton is very strong, but also very light. How many pounds do you think your skeleton weighs?

  • Your skeleton probably only weighs about 7 to 12 pounds. That's about the weight of a gallon of milk.

  • Bones make up about 15% of a person's total body weight.