Did you know that during your teen years, you will build more bone mass than you will ever lose in your lifetime? The years between age 9 and 14 are the most important for developing the skeleton. Focus on doing all you can to get that foundation so you have strong bones to carry you through a long and healthy life. teen

To live a bone healthy life

  • Eat 3–4 servings of foods that are rich in calcium.
  • Take a vitamin D supplement.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of activities with impact, like jumping rope or hopscotch!
  • Use good posture, especially on mobile devices.
  • Do not smoke or vape.
  • Cut back on sugary drinks.
  • (For girls) If you have not gotten your period by age 15, talk with your mother and doctor.

Reviewed: 3/20/19