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Calcium, dairy, nutrition and bone health

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Connie Weaver, Purdue University distinguished professor and head of the Department of Nutrition Science, is an expert in mineral bioavailability, calcium metabolism, botanicals and bone health. 

Today's calcium requirements for North America and the nationally recommended dietary guidelines in adolescents are based on Weaver's research findings that the optimal calcium intake is 1,300 milligrams for healthy bone mass. Calcium is one of the four shortfall nutrients targeted by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee for Americans to increase. 

Weaver is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and deputy director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She also is director of Purdue's Women's Global Health Institute. 

In 2011 she was appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board, and in 2005 she was appointed to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board Panel to develop new requirement recommendations for calcium and related minerals.

Weaver also can discuss:

  • The lack of calcium in the diet.
  • Sources of calcium.
  • Bone health.
  • Nutritional supplementation. 

Contact: Connie Weaver,

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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