The Southern Cross : December 2012
Page 12 December 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross The key to good bone health is exercise, milk and Vitamin D -- and Blackfriars Priory School students literally gave the concept a run-through at their Prospect campus earlier this term. The school participated in the FitBones Milk Run program, established by the Bone Health Foundation to promote the importance of Calcium, Vitamin D and weight-bearing exercise for healthy bone development especially during childhood -- a critical time for bone growth. The Bone Health Foundation's two-metre tall mascot, Sammy Strongbones, visited Blackfriars as part of a one-hour session in which children receive a drink of low-fat, cold milk (or water for lactose-intolerant children), a curly straw and educational games and activities that promote the importance of drinking milk and participating in simple age-appropriate, load bearing activities. A gold coin donation is requested from each participating student to help to support the continuation of the initiative into more schools across the State and expansion interstate. In 2013, the Foundation will launch a pilot study to investigate the effectiveness of FitBones programs in encouraging young children to be more aware of their role in looking after their bones, while also enhancing their cognitive performance. To book a morning visit from the FitBones team and Sammy Strongbones, or to find out more about the pilot study, contact the Bone Health Foundation on 08 8231 7884. You can follow the progress of FitBones and the Foundation at bonehealth.org.au and via Facebook and Twitter. | schools Milk run Would you know what to say if you were asked 'Did they want to be an organ and tissue donor?' To donate life know their wishes For more information visit donatelife.gov.au Ask them today. OK?