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Thematic Report

Healthy Nutrition, Healthy Bones

This report highlights the role that nutrition plays in the development and maintenance of a healthy skeleton throughout the life-course. It addresses the public health challenges associated with insufficient intake of calcium, vitamin D and protein as well as other micronutrients crucial to musculoskeletal health, while outlining strategies to address these shortfalls. Beginning with the importance of maternal nutrition to the growing foetus the report continues through the life stages to put the spotlight on the necessity for: children and adolescents to build maximum peak bone mass; adults to avoid premature bone loss; and seniors to prevent osteoporosis and get appropriate treatment, where necessary