(HealthDay News) — The foods you eat and drink during childhood will impact the strength of your bones as you age, the Nemours Foundation says.

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Most of your bone density stems from what you eat and drink as children and teens, says Nemours, which notes the process is virtually finished when a person reaches age 20.

As adults, people continue to repair and replace bone, but at a much slower rate. Over time, the foundation says, bones become weaker and are more apt to break.

Nemours suggests how to build stronger bones among your kids:

  • Ensure that children eat foods high in calcium.
  • Give kids a vitamin D supplement, which helps the body absorb calcium.
  • Encourage your children to get plenty of exercise.

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