We encourage all of our KES Clubs to serve milk on a daily basis. We want all kids to avail of milk each day to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need to grow and be strong.
For children and teens, Milk and Alternatives are great sources of the important building blocks for strong bones and teeth. And even though adult and senior bones don’t appear to be growing, milk products provide essential nutrients that work to keep bones strong. Healthy eating along with regular weight-bearing exercise such as walking or dancing can help to prevent osteoporosis, a condition which leaves bones weak, thin and more likely to break. Canada’s Food Guide recommends 2-4 servings of Milk and Alternatives per day, depending on your age.
Chocolate milk is usually of great discussion in our KES clubs; it has the same bone building nutrients as white milk (calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin), but it also has added sugars. We recommend that all KES clubs provide white milk most often, and that chocolate milk be limited and only used sparingly.
Serve milk at your KES Club and at home on a daily basis as a part of a healthy well balanced diet. For more ideas on nutritious menu ideas connect with your Regional Kids Eat Smart Coordinator or call 722-1996.
Information sourced from: www.dietitians.ca
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.