Happy World Milk Day! People all around the world are celebrating today by raising a glass of milk to toast the contributions dairy brings to health and sustainable food systems worldwide. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) you likely know the nutritional value of milk and health benefits associated with healthy dietary patterns, but are you aware of the broader value to people, communities and the planet?
A Glass of Milk is:
Milk has 9 essential nutrients that help nourish life and support health and well-being for children and adults, across the lifespan. One of these nutrients is calcium, which helps support strong bones. Healthy dietary patterns, which include low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, are linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Milk is not only an important food, but also ingredient in lots of great recipes! These recipes show how milk can be delicious in a variety of ways to meet multiple needs:
Nourishing people in a time of unprecedented population growth in developing countries is a global challenge. The dairy community is committed to being part of the solution through responsible production, high-quality animal care and vibrant communities:
- Achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: The Dairy Community’s Contributions
- Dairy as a Driver of the Sustainable Development Goals
- Infographics on the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Celebrate the importance of milk with me today by sharing a photo of yourself with friends and family raising a glass of milk with the hashtag #WorldMilkDay and #Undeniably Dairy! Tag others as well to bring them in on the fun.
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