The countdown to World School Milk Day is underway.

The 15th World School Milk Day will happen on Wednesday 24th September. Through the years, schoolchildren, teachers and families have embraced World School Milk Day, marking their celebrations with ingenuity, enthusiasm and fun.

The Dairy Council is providing information and ideas to parents and school teachers planning this year’s World School Milk Day celebrations. The Countdown to World School Milk Day on Twitter and www.milk.co.uk website provides background on the important role school milk played in the health and development of children throughout the 20th century, the nutrition requirements of today’s school children and fun recipes for incorporating the white stuff in their diets.

Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, says “During primary school years, children undergo rapid physical, cognitive and social development. The nutrients in milk contribute to normal bone development, muscle function and dental health.. It is a nutritious and versatile drink, and very easy to incorporate into children’s diets as a drink or in recipes”.

The UK has a long history of providing milk to schoolchildren to sustain their nutrition and development.

Milk is high in protein (which contributes to growth and repair), calcium (maintains healthy teeth and bones), iodine (normal production of thyroid function), riboflavin and vitamin B12 (contributes to normal energy metabolism) and a source of phosphorus (maintains normal bones) and potassium (helps maintain muscle and nerve function). Most countries recommend that children aged 4 to 11 years should consume at least 2 portions of dairy (which is equivalent of 500mls milk) per day.

The benefits to schoolchildren include:-

For 4 to 6 year olds:

A 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk (a child-sized carton) provides 35% recommended protein intake, 52% of recommended calcium intake, 59% of recommended iodine intake, 59% of recommended riboflavin intake, 52% of recommended phosphorus intake and 28% of recommended potassium intake.

For 7 to 10 year olds:

A 189ml portion of semi-skimmed milk (a child-sized carton) provides 24% recommended protein intake, 42% of recommended calcium intake, 53% of recommended iodine intake, 47% of recommended riboflavin intake, 41% of recommended phosphorus intake and 15% of recommended potassium intake.On World School Milk Day, The Dairy Council team will continue to post information about the benefits of milk for school children, as well as updates from your celebrations on our website (www.milk.co.uk) and social media (@TheDairyCouncil #WSMD2014).


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