16 Lesson 1: Building Bones That Last
The 206 bones of your skeletal system form the framework that supports the rest of your body. Each bone needs to be properly nourished and conditioned in order to do its job. On the Web site below, you will learn how bones are formed, and what kind of healthy habits you can develop to ensure that your bones are as strong as possible.
Link to explore: U.S. Food
and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1997/697_bone.html
- Start at the FDA Web site.
- Read the entire “Bone Builders” page
about supporting your bones with healthy
- Take notes as you read. When
you are done reading, answer the questions
- Finally, using the information from
the site create a menu for a meal that
features bone healthy foods. Beneath
each food write a short sentence about
what it contributes to bone health.
- What are the two things teens can do to
reduce the risk of fractured bones later
- What is the process of breaking
down and building up of bones called?
- What are the six nutrients your body
needs to build strong bones?
- Why is weight bearing exercise so important
for growing bones?
- What are four habits that many teenagers
have that can steal calcium from their bones
and weaken their skeletons for life?
- The two things teens can do to reduce the risk of fractured bones later in life are eat calcium-rich foods and get plenty of physical activity.
- The build up and breakdown process of
bones is called remodeling..
- The six nutrients your body needs to build strong bones are calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium and zinc.
- The impact of weight and pull of muscle
during exercise stimulates the body to build
stronger, denser bones.
- Habits that many teenagers have that can steal calcium from their bones and
weaken their skeletons for life include:
- Skipping meals
- Replacing milk with nondairy drinks like soda or fruit-flavored juices
- Cigarette smoking
- Poor diets
- Eating disorders
Additional Resources for
Below are some additional resources on keeping
the skeletal system healthy.
- The California Dairy Council:
- National Osteoporosis Foundation:
- University of Arizona: