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Nutrition, Activity, and Health! Oh, My!

Did you know that what we eat today can affect our bone health in the future? Our family recently learned this and many other fascinating facts about bones when we headed over to the Bone Zone at Minnetrista!


We were greeted by Mr. Skeleton who encouraged us to step right up and come right in to learn the importance of diet and exercise for healthy bones.  The exhibit is based around a carnival theme and has several different games and displays teaching about the importance of calcium and weight-bearing exercises for good bone health.

Students will learn:

  • They need the daily calcium equivalent of 3 cups of milk through their teenage years.
  • Various sources of calcium.
  • How important weight-bearing activities such as walking, dancing, or playing soccer are to healthy bones.
  • That eating poorly and not exercising now can lead to broken bones and osteoporosis in the future.

If you have a group of students K-8th, you can set up a Bone Zone field trip. The exhibit runs now through January 8th.

Things to do after visiting the exhibit:

1. Read a book about bones. Here are a few suggestions:
Dem Bones by Bob Barner

The Search for the Missing Bones (The Magic School Bus Chapter Book, No. 2)

The Skeleton Inside You (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Philip Balestrino

2. Participate in the “Name the Bones” challenge.

3. Plan time for some family bone-strengthening activities each week such as walking, running, biking , or even family tag.

4. Plan and cook a new-to-you calcium-rich meal.


Maureen Spell is a former elementary school teacher who now has a classroom of 6 at home. She blogs at Spell Outloud sharing early education activities and homeschool highlights.