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Calcium plays an important part in a child's diet

Calcium plays an important part in a child's diet. Canada's Food Guide recommends two to three servings of dairy products daily for children aged four to nine and three to four servings for youths aged 10 to 16.

Unfortunately, many kids prefer drinking pop and juice to milk. Children who do not like milk may, however, enjoy other types of dairy products such as yogourt and cheese. Yogourt with fresh fruit or cheese and whole-grain crackers make nutritious and delicious snacks.

Besides dairy products, calcium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, tofu, beans, canned sardines and salmon, and sesame and sunflower seeds.

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