School Nutrition

Flavored Milk: An Important Nutrient-Rich Choice

Flavored Milk: An Important Nutrient-Rich Choice

Flavored milk contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium – nutrients of concern of which many kids fail to get enough. On average, by the time they are 4 years old, children fall below the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommended dairy intake. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meeting dairy recommendations can have lifelong health benefits, such as improved bone health, especially in children and adolescents. Current evidence shows intake of milk products, like milk, cheese and yogurt, is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and with lower blood pressure in adults. Flavored milk is a delicious way to help people of all ages consume essential vitamins and nutrients important for health. While there are some added sugars, flavored milk drinkers don’t have higher intakes of added sugars or total fats than children who do not consume flavored milk. And, they have higher intakes of calcium. Furthermore, the DGA recognize that small amounts of sugar added to nutrient-dense foods, such as reduced-fat milk products, may increase a person’s intake of such foods by enhancing palatability of these products, thus improving nutrient intake without contributing excessive calories. Flavored Milk Informational Materials: Pediatricians Talk About Flavored Milk Why Are Schools Serving Flavored Milk? – Download this Information Sheet (PDF) Flavored Milk The Facts Infographic 2011 – Download this Information Sheet (PDF) Flavored Milk Advertorial – Download this Information Sheet (PDF) Chocolate Milk Tasty Nutrition Customizable Ad – Download this Information Sheet (PDF) The Impact on Student Milk Consumption and Nutrient Intakes From Eliminating Flavored Milk in Schools – Download this Information Sheet (PDF)   Flavored Milk: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers What is flavored milk?  Flavored milk is cow’s milk with added flavoring and sweetener. It provides the same 9 essential nutrients – calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin (niacin equivalents) – found in white milk. It’s available in flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors in low-fat and fat-free varieties. Does the added sugar in flavored milk detract from its nutritional benefits? The opposite is true. Adding some sugar may help improve the appeal of nutritious foods. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognizes that a small amount of added sugars can be used to increase the palatability of nutrient-dense foods, such as fat-free chocolate milk. According to the American Heart Association, “when sugars are added to otherwise nutrient-rich foods, such as sugar-sweetened dairy products like flavored milk and yogurt and sugar-sweetened cereals, the quality of children’s and adolescents’ diets improves, and in the case of flavored milks, no adverse effects on weight status were found.” The American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other groups agree that flavored milk is a positive trade-off for soft drinks, which are the primary source of added sugars in children’s diets. What is the dairy industry doing to reduce sugars in flavored milk? Although flavored milk contributes only 3 percent of the added sugars in children’s diets on average and provides the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, the dairy industry has been proactively working to improve flavored milk. Since 2006, the U.S. dairy industry has reduced added sugars by about 38 percent in the flavored milk offered in schools. Today, the majority of milk in schools is low-fat or fat-free, and the majority of flavored milk is at or below 150 calories, with an average of 134 – just 31 more calories than white milk. And, because choice is so important, there are versions of flavored milk in the marketplace with...

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Nutrition Handouts for Kids

Nutrition Handouts for Kids

Contemplate Your Breakfast Plate This duplicating master compares six different breakfasts at different locations â?? home, school cafeteria, convenience store, restaurant and grocery store.   Eat the Five Food Group Way  Elementary students will enjoy learning the five food groups while coloring this fun handout.   Food & Activity Tracker  Use this tool to track your healthy eating and physical activity habits. Set goals and try to make improvements every day!   Interactive Ideas  Have a milk mustache contest, show students how much calcium is in their bones and show students the importance of keeping their bones strong with these fun activities.   MyPlate Coloring Sheet  Have fun coloring in the MyPlate food goups!   Nutrient Rich Foods Seminar Slides I  Dayle Hayes presentation.   Nutrient Rich Foods Seminar Slides II  Dayle Hayes Presentation.   ReFuel With Chocolate Milk  Milk provides the fuel athletes need to be active and the fluids, nutrients and protein to help refuel after exercise.   Seven Ways to Size Up Your Servings  Keep your portions in proportion with this handy guide to serving sizes.   Strong Bones For Your Kids  Families with young children will welcome this double-sided handout filled with simple tips for healthy eating. Student Pledge  Encourage students to take the pledge and commit to a healthier lifestyle. They can post this version in their locker, carry it with them in their books or backpacks, or keep it at home. Think Your Drink  This two-sided duplicating master compares the nutrient density of eight different beverages with an activity on the...

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School Foodservice

School Foodservice

Financial Resources On-line calculator Or you can calculate costs on paper Does NLSM make cents for your school?   Flavored Milk See what the facts say about flavored milk in schools.   Expand Your Breakfast Program Approximately 44% of Maine schoolchildren that eat school lunch, also eat school breakfast.  Looking to boost participation? Consider implementing a non-traditional breakfast program and reap the positive benefits. Foodservice directors across the country are seeing their breakfast programs grow by taking breakfast to the classroom, offering a grab ‘n go breakfast from the front hall and offering breakfast after first period. Determine what percent of students you can feed at no charge and break even with our Breakfast In the Classroom Feasibility Worksheet.   Nutrition Education Resources...

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Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education

Nutrition Lessons Looking for activities that make learning nutrition fun? These hands-on, interactive activities from Dairy Council’s most popular programs will help you teach nutrition from pre-k to upper elementary grades. Nutrition Bookshelf Find books that are fun AND nutritious! Classroom Calendar Looking for some classroom ideas

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Sample Menus

Sample Menus

Sample_School_Lunch_Menu_K-5 Sample_School_Lunch_Menu_9-12 Sample_School_Lunch_Menu_6-8 Sample Breakfast Grades K-5 Sample Breakfast Grades 9-12 Sample Breakfast Grades...

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