March 04, 2024

World School Milk Day: Farm to calf-eteria

ROSEMONT, Ill. — World School Milk Day was observed Sept. 28 to celebrate the importance of dairy in students’ diets.

According to the National Dairy Council School Milk Report, milk has been a part of school meals for close to a century.

“School meals are designed to help meet nutrient needs and teach children healthy habits,” the report stated.

“School meal composition has evolved as public health challenges have evolved. Low-fat and fat-free milk consumption is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and health professionals.”

Health benefits of milk consumption include improved bone health, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and it provides a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D.

The first World School Milk Day was celebrated in 2000. It has since become an annual event promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Fast Facts

• Real cow’s milk contains more naturally occurring nutrients than plant-based alternatives.

• Yogurt contains beneficial cultures that can help boost your immune system.

• Cheese contributes high-quality protein, as well as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A.

• Chocolate milk’s combination of fluids, carbs and protein helps rehydrate and refuel muscles after a workout.

• Did you eat something spicy? Milk is better for cooling your mouth than water because of the protein casein — it cleanses your taste buds.

• 95% of U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated — even large dairy farms.

• Producing a gallon of milk is getting greener. The carbon footprint of a gallon of milk is two-thirds less than it was 70 years ago.

Source: American Dairy Association of Indiana

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor