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Want your kids to have healthy bones? It will take more than a milk mustache.

For the first time in his 14 years, my oldest son brought home the bacon with two paid summer jobs. Boy, did he relish the reward of the paycheck. He has always spent whatever money he acquired through birthdays or allowance on the newest baseball glove, the hottest pair of basketball shoes or, dare I say it, candy. But this summer, he said there was something about devoting long days to work that made him want to save his pennies.

At the same time, he hit a growth spurt, and comparable to how the paycheck changed his perspective on money, his rapid growth altered his perspective on health. He is much more interested in what will keep him on this upward trajectory. He used to eat without thinking, but now he is making the food-health connection when he chooses what to eat.

As an athlete, he is more committed to eating a healthy breakfast. He has five-hour preseason football practices in the morning, and he wants to have strength and energy for them.


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