From the classroom to the cafeteria, school is the ideal place for kids to learn about and practice good nutrition. Dairy's single-serve, portable packaging make milk, cheese, and yogurt easy snacks and ideal nutrient-rich additions to school meals. Since its inception, the dairy council, at both the national and state levels, has been committed to nutrition education and school-based programs to establish a foundation of good health.
The most recent release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010) recognizes that kids' diets routinely fall short in calcium, potassium, vitamin D and dietary fiber. Milk is the #1 source of these first three nutrients of concern. Adding an additional serving of dairy can help kids meet their nutrient needs and establish healthy eating habits.
For many children, school meals may be the best source of nutrition they get each day and the nation's leading health and nutrition organizations recognize the valuable role that milk, including flavored milk, can play in meeting daily nutrient needs.
Make sure dairy is on your kids school menu!
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an engaging, kid-centric program designed to create a healthy school environment including nutritious food choices and at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity. The program was developed by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League and is in over 70,000 schools across the country. Click the icon to learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 in Utah & Nevada.
The New Look of School Milk & Recycling - Plastic bottles, variety of flavors & served cold:
- New Look of School Milk Brochure
- New Look of School Milk Frequently Asked Questions
- Going, Going...Green! With Recyclable Plastic Milk Bottles Fact Sheet
- The Benefits of Recycling Plastic Milk Bottles Fact Sheet
- Comparison for School Milk Programs of Paperboard vs. Plastic Bottles Fact Sheet
- New Look of School Milk Success Story: Greene County School District, Greeneville, Tennessee: Brenda Freshour, School Nutrition Director
- New Look of School Milk Success Story: Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas; Melanie Konarik, MS, SNS, Director of Child Nutrition
- Expanding Breakfast Fact Sheet
- School Breakfast Improving Students' Minds & Bodies, Dairy Council Digest, March/April 2008
- FRAC School Breakfast Scorecard 2008
- Expanding Breakfast Success Story: Newberry County Schools, Newberry, SC; Ann McConnell, Food Service Director
- Irving Independent School District, Irving, TX; Michael Rosenberger, Director of Food Service
Thanks to the New Look of School Milk program, drinking milk at lunch has become the “cool” thing for kids to do. With new single-serve and portable packaging, healthy dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk are more kid-friendly than ever. School nutrition workers report sustained success with better student nutrition and stronger meal participation.