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Your Family's Calcium and Vitamin D Needs

How much calcium and vitamin D does your family need? Check the chart to find out!

How much calcium and vitamin D do you need?


How much calcium and vitamin D do you need?
Children & AdolescentsCalcium (Daily)Vitamin D (Daily)
1-3 years700mg600 IU
4-8 years1,000mg600 IU
9-18 years1,300mg600 IU
Adult Women & MenCalcium (Daily)Vitamin D (Daily)
19-50 years1,000mg600 IU
Men 51-70 years       1,000mg600 IU
Women 51-70 years1,200mg600 IU
Adults 71 years and older1,200mg800 IU

NOTE: This chart is from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Talk to your doctor and your child's doctor about how much calcium and vitamin D your family needs.

Remember: Calcium and vitamin D are necessary parts of a healthy diet. You've got the power to encourage your daughter — and the rest of your family — to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of foods. Visit the Food Guide Pyramid to learn more.


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