Dear me...

“If I knew that cutting out food groups would put my future bone health at risk I would have paid more attention to what I ate. Calcium and vitamin D are so important – make sure you get plenty in your diet now - before it’s too late”

a message to my younger self.

You’re here because you want to start the conversation with your family about their bone health. You’ll find lots of great information and ideas on keeping bones healthy along with hints and tips to get your family talking.

Nutrition

A healthy balanced diet is vital for good bone health. Explore and share tried-and-tested family recipe ideas.

Exercise

Weight-bearing exercise is essential for healthy bones. Walk with your family this Summer for good bone health.

Your message...

Read and share your messages with a younger generation on the importance of keeping bones healthy.

Nutrition

There’s no better place for a family chat than over a delicious meal

It’s so important to build good bone strength in early adulthood. You can find out why here, along with some inspiration for balanced, healthy and bone friendly recipes that you can serve up for yourself and your family.

Unlock recipes and bone health tips

Want more recipes, tips on how to talk to your family and more about good nutrition and healthy exercise?

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Exercise

Have a walk with your family and friends – it’s brilliant exercise for all ages and a great opportunity to talk.

We all know walking is great for our bones and better still, it gives us all the opportunity to have a chat, especially if we’re walking with younger relatives. This Summer we want to help you to take healthy exercise with your family.

Take on a walking challenge

If you or your family would like to join in something to stretch yourselves, you could take part in our 206 Challenge and walk 206 miles in 2017 – one mile for every bone in the body.

How you meet the 206 target is up to you. Find out more…

Your Message

Tell us what you would say if you could pass a message on to your younger self about keeping bones healthy.

It’s so important to build good bone strength in early adulthood. By the time we get into our thirties the opportunity may have passed. Share the message you would give to your younger self with the next generation – and help start conversations about bone health.

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Your inspirational messages will be shared here from May 2017…   

“Dear Liz, Things are so simple for you growing up now. It’s going to be much harder for the next generation with the pressure they will face from social media. You are lucky, you have a cook-from-scratch diet of home cooking that features all the food groups, which will serve you well in the years to come and ensure you build healthy bones. Fast-food and things out of packets have yet to appear on your kitchen shelves – aside from Angel Delight (which I suggest you don’t get a taste for!). I know you love to dance – this is great! It’s a weight-bearing exercise that’s the other essential component in building strong bones. Your walk to school and college is also good for your bones too – and why not try a bit of running? You don’t fancy the idea now I know, but if you try it, you may well find you do actually like it after all (instead of discovering it in your fifties). Regarding eating well and taking exercise, my message to your bones is please don’t put it off! Leaving it late increases your risk of developing osteoporosis in later life – by the time you’re in your late twenties it will be too late to store any more calcium and build bone density. You will care about this when you’re older. Getting a little bit of sunshine is also important! You’ll grow up to be part of the beauty world that shuns the sun, but don’t lose sight of the fact that just ten or twenty minutes a day during the spring and summer months will help your body to produce vitamin D, an essential for healthy bones. Remember to take a note of those favourite family recipes we have – they’ll come in handy for your future work. Cooking and eating together is such a good and social way for families to build healthy habits – and you’ll want to pass that love of healthy food and wellbeing on to your own children too. And it will be even more important for your children than it is for you, as they face the pressure to match what their idols on Instagram are eating. This thing called ‘social media’ will cause a lot of confusion over what is ‘healthy’ and the next generation will need to get their understanding of the best nutrition from the wise who deliver good information and not just a pretty image on the screen.”

Liz Earle

"PLEASE, either look up about diet, exercise etc. to keep your bones as healthy as possible and/or ask YOUR MUM, who's quickly becoming quite knowledgeable! You are already in an "at risk" category, so when you have the chance - research, then support a group. Thank you. Lots of love, Darling Daughter, Mum xx PS. Avoid broken bones if you can - broken hips are so common, and painful... Love you. x"

R Griffiths, Leicestershire

"...These are a few of the things that I wish I had known when I was young and so I am sharing them: Be careful with your diet - eat your vegetables; drink your milk too. No matter what you feel about exercise, do remember it really is good for you - and just ten minutes brisk walk will do you good..."

Liz Hayes, Wiltshire

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