It's a startling fact: More than half of kids aren’t getting enough calcium, vitamin D and potassium — essential nutrients they need for proper growth. Even more alarming: Deficiency of any of these important nutrients could have serious health implications for kids and young adults. The problem is so pervasive that nutrition experts describe them as "nutrients of public health concern."
Milk has been a staple part of school meals for generations. The nine essential nutrients found in milk are a key component for healthy children. Plus, Hiland Dairy products:
As your fresh and local dairy partner, Hiland is committed to helping you create positive, beneficial, healthful eating experiences for your students.
Studies show children prefer low-fat 1% flavored milk in school lunches. Before the 2012 regulation on 1% flavored milk, it was the most frequently purchased milk by public school districts and was among the most commonly offered varieties of milk in National School Lunch Program menus (63 percent). Since the regulation, overall school milk volume has declined 7 percent nationally, but locally there are reports of greater decline: a school district in Texas has reported as much as a 50 percent decrease in milk volume annually since 2012. Based on this information, reintroducing 1% flavored milk across the Child Nutrition Program may increase student milk consumption.
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