Teachers, click here to view School Nutrition Standards.

Importance of Providing Milk in Schools
  • Milk, including flavored milk, provides nine essential nutrients important for optimal health: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents).
  • Drinking low-fat or fat-free white or flavored milk helps youth get the 3 daily servings of milk and milk products recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and it provides three of the four “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of – calcium, potassium and magnesium.
    • Reasons to Believe:
        • Milk is America’s #1 source of calcium, potassium & vitamin D
        • Milk, including flavored milk, provides protein, calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for healthy muscles and bone development – particularly during growth spurts in adolescence
        • Children who drink chocolate milk have better diets--higher intakes of calcium, Vitamin A, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium—than nondrinkers
        • Discover what milk delivers – great taste plus 9 essential nutrients
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a policy statement discouraging soft drinks in schools[i] and also in its report on optimizing infants’, children’s and adolescents’ bone health and calcium intakes,[ii]encourages consumption of nutritious beverages including low-fat or fat-free flavored milk.
  • Dairies across the U.S. have reformulated flavored milk so it’s lower in both sugar and total calories.  These new products aim to reduce sugar and calories while maintaining great taste, so that kids will drink their milk instead of throwing it away.

[i] American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy Statement: Soft Drinks in Schools. Pediatrics 2004; 113: 152-154.

[ii] Greer FR, Krebs NF and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. American Academy of Pediatrics, Optimizing bone health and calcium intakes of infants, children, and adolescents.  Pediatrics. 2006; 117(2):578-585.

Use Lowfat Milk, Cheese & Yogurt for Healthier School Meals

Mom always said, "Drink your milk." Mom was right again! People who drink milk have better diets and get many important nutrients including calcium, which is abundant in milk, cheese and yogurt.

The vast majority of children do not get the recommended amount of calcium (9-13 year olds, only 5 percent of girls & 25 percent of boys get the calcium they need) needed for healthy bone growth.

Click here to read the fact sheet about how dairy can help students fulfill their daily dietary needs.

Your Kids Need Calcium!

Growing Children Need Calcium to Build Strong Bones and Teeth!

Milk and most dairy foods are excellent sources. How much do your children need? (Most children who are 2 to 5 years old need 2 cups of milk and dairy foods each day)

Click here to read the handout about what counts as one cup of milk. Also, see a breakdown of the Food Guide Pyramid and the different dietary needs of children ages 2 and 3 and 4 and 5.


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