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Bone Bandits

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What are bone bandits? Bone bandits are activities and habits that may put you at risk for osteoporosis later in life.

Soda — If soda is your drink of choice, your bones may not be getting the calcium and vitamin D they need. Soda may also be bad for your teeth.

The sugar in sodas can weaken your tooth enamel, which is made up mostly of calcium. Keep your bones and your smile healthy by making soda an occasional treat and choosing low-fat or fat-free milk, calcium-fortified juice, or water instead.

Screen time — This means TV, computer, video games, you name it! Unless you are doing a workout video or playing a video game that requires you to move, the more time you spend in front of a screen every day, the less physical activity you are getting. Try to limit your screen time to less than 2 hours a day, and spend that extra time getting active with your family or BFF instead.

Alcoholic drinks — Underage drinking is dangerous and can damage your bones as well as your overall health. Alcohol reduces the body's ability to make bone.

Smoking — The nicotine and toxins in cigarettes damage overall health and destroy the bone-building cells in the body.

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