Calcium is a mineral that is found in foods, specifically dairy, and stored in bones and teeth in our body. It is essential for growth and development in children and adolescents as it maintains strong bones and teeth while also assisting in muscle contractions, nerve stimulations and regulating blood pressure. If your child or adolescent eats alot of over processed and fast foods, their diet may be calorie-rich and calcium poor? According to the latest research, About one-third of kids ages 4 to 8 and 9 out of 10 teen girls aren't getting enough calcium, according to the latest government statistics. Too much juice -- and too little milk -- may be partly to blame. -- especially for girls. It's crucial to get your child into the habit of eating calcium-rich foods now during the bone and body building years. Many high-calcium foods are also rich in vitamin D, which not only strengthens bones and teeth but assists in calcium absorption and hormone production. If your child omits and or limits dairy foods, green leafy vegetables and some calcium fortified foods or has been diagnosed with a calcium and or vitamin D deficiency our CalciYum meal plan menu may be indicated for your child and or adolescent. You can fill out our Nutritionomics form and order your meal plan today or book an appointment with a pedi-dietitian.