Celebrating ‘World Milk Days’ in 2019 – Dairy Connect

World Milk Day on Saturday 1 June is a chance for Australia to celebrate the unique nutritional bounty that has underpinned human life for millennia.

About 12 weeks later, in September, school kids around Australia will be cheering on the health benefits to young lives bestowed by nature’s big white vitamin drink.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said today that milk not only underwrites human health it also contributes to sustainability, economic development and jobs across dairy valleys in regional and in urban Australia.

“Enthusiasts will be able to follow dairy events and activities on World Milk Day’s social media channels using #WorldMilkDay and #EnjoyDairy! ,” Shaughn said.

“It’ll be all stops out this year to embrace the positive power of fresh cows’ milk.

“A 237ml glass of dairy milk provides eight times more naturally occurring protein than the same size serving of almond milk.

“All dairy milk – whether it’s fat free, flavoured or organic – provides nine essential nutrients.

“Milk also contains other nutrients including B vitamins for energy, vitamin A to help maintain a healthy immune system and calcium and vitamin D, both that work together for bone strength.”

Shaughn said milk is the top food source for calcium, potassium and vitamin D, three of the four nutrients of public health concern that many Australians, including children, most lacked in their diets.

“Since more than 90 per cent of the population falls short of the recommended three daily servings of milk and milk products, putting milk on the table at mealtimes can play an important role in healthy eating and well-being through adulthood,” he said.

The dairy sector provides nutrition to 6 billion consumers and supports the lives of 1 billion people worldwide.

Moving forward this year, World School Milk Day will take place on Wednesday 25 September.

“World School Milk Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in September. The end of the month was chosen as it is a school day in most countries,” Shaughn said.

“Countries around the world celebrate World School Milk day to salute the health benefits arising from proactive school milk programs.”

International Dairy Federation President Dr Judith Bryans told the IDF World Dairy Summit late last year that school milk programs provide children around the world with the nutrients they need to help them grow and develop healthily.

“They also support the development of good eating habits which will last a lifetime,” she said.

“If you don’t have enough food in your belly or good nutrition to keep you healthy, it’s hard to concentrate on your education and make the most of school.

“We must ensure that children are well nourished. All children around the world, whether rich or poor deserve to have access to enough food so they don’t go hungry.

“They also deserve to have foods that are nutritious, culturally acceptable and affordable.”

Leading food advocacy group Dairy Connect and Foodbank NSW and ACT, last year called on the NSW Government to fund free daily breakfasts, including freely available fresh nutritious milk, for primary school students.

The two agencies said health benefits for generations of school children had been trashed when the old free school milk program had been axed during the 1970s.

“Ironically the old scheme - which was first commenced by the Menzies Government in 1950 - was scrapped because of cost and what was then described as ‘lack of evidence of health benefits’,” they said.

“Since the 1980s, however, concern has steadily grown year-on-year among health professionals about the impact carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks high in sugar were having on successive generations.”

For more information regarding World Milk Day, go to https://worldmilkday.org/