Milk, Sunshine Each Day Keep the Doctor Away

Justin Slade, left, and Justin Tamayo drink up at their school in Kensington.
Justin Slade, left, and Justin Tamayo drink up at their school in Kensington. (By Ricky Carioti -- The Washington Post)
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Milk, Sunshine Each Day Keep the Doctor Away

· Kids from newborns to teenagers should take twice as much Vitamin D as previously recommended because it may help prevent serious disease, a leading medical group said yesterday.

The new recommendation came from the American Academy of Pediatrics. A pediatrician is a doctor who takes care of kids.

In the past it had been recommended that kids get 200 units of Vitamin D a day. Now, the doctors are saying, they should take 400 units. Vitamin D can be taken in drops, capsules or tablets.

Most milk that you can buy in the store is fortified with Vitamin D. But most kids don't drink enough of it. You need four cups daily to meet the requirement.

Other foods, including cereal, are also packed with Vitamin D, as are the oily fish tuna, mackerel and sardines.

But it's hard to get enough through diet. The best source is sunlight, because the body makes Vitamin D when sunshine hits the skin.

The new advice is based on research showing that Vitamin D not only helps keep bones strong but might also play a role in preventing disease.

How Much Pizza Can You Eat in 10 Minutes?

· Kids: Don't try this at home.

A man who wolfed down 93 hamburgers in eight minutes in Tennessee last month has won a pizza-eating contest in New York's Times Square.

Joey Chestnut, 24, from California, chowed down 45 slices in 10 minutes to win the first Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship on Sunday.

He said he fasted for more than day so he would be very hungry.

Chestnut has also won Coney Island's July Fourth hot-dog-eating contest the past two years.

This summer he gulped down 59 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Burp!


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