I try to stay in shape and in the colder months especially, I do a lot of my fitness at the gym. Sometimes after a particularly challenging spin class the instructor will remind us to refuel and offer an example or two (and sometimes a homemade power bar, yummy!). One good fuel she sometimes mentions is chocolate milk – it’s proven to help repair muscles. Another good reason to drink our milk, of course, is to strengthen our bones. Osteoporosis, “the silent thief”, is a nasty disease that affects one in four Canadian women over the age of 50. Milk helps to prevent osteoporosis, and so does getting regular exercise and not smoking. Another way of preventing osteoporosis is watching how much alcohol we drink. Some risk factors for osteoporosis are not in our control, like a family history of osteoporotic fracture, especially a hip fracture in a parent, so it’s comforting to know that there are some things we can do to protect our bone health.