Mmmm…Milk! Activity Sheet

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Is Milk Good For Kids?

Milk is an irreplaceable part of a healthy diet for kids and adults.

Milk Matters. Children of every age, and adults too, need the calcium protein and vitamin D found in milk for strong bones, teeth and muscles. Kids need milk, and adults do too. No other single food or beverage provides the same irreplaceable package of nutrients, with its unique interactions as milk. Consuming milk and dairy foods is essential to a healthy diet and scientific research confirms the many health benefits that milk and dairy foods provide. The dairy food group, part of MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, includes milk, yogurt and cheese. The Dietary Guidelines recommends choosing low-fat and fat-free dairy foods. Children and adults ages nine and above should consume three servings of milk or dairy foods every day. A serving of milk is one cup, eight ounces of yogurt, or 1 ½ ounces of cheese, about the size of an index finger.

References:

CDFA.CA.gov/Statistics/
ChooseMyPlate.gov
FNS.USDA.gov/Milk-Messages

Golden NH, Abrams SA, Clinical Report. Optimizing bone health in children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2014; 134: e1229 –e1243 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-2173).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 2015. 8th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. January 2015.