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School Nutrition
Milk, cheese and yogurt contribute important nutrients to the school meal programs. In fact, milk is the number one food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in children’s diets. National Dairy Council offers resources to support school nutrition professionals in efforts to provide healthy meals to students, such as sample menus and analysis that meet nutrition guidelines.

Supporting Science

AAP Optimizing Bone Health in Children and Adolescents
DG Tipsheet Got Your Dairy Today
Chocolate Milk Consequences: A Pilot Study Evaluating the Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk in School Cafeterias
AAP News - 2015 O-Keefe - School nutrition improves, but new focus centers on snacks, meals brought from home
Impact on Milk Consumption and Nutrient Intakes From Eliminating Flavored Milk in Elementary Schools
AAP News CON on Sweets Sugars Schools
2012 Letter to Superintendents
The Impact on Student Milk Consumption and Nutrient Intakes from Eliminating Flavored Milk in Schools
AAP News: Clearing Up Confusion on Dairy’s Role in Children’s Diets
Fluid Milk in School Meal Programs Report Executive Summary
Fluid Milk in School Meal Programs Report

Sample School Menus


Resources

Healthier US Application Criteria
Summer Food Service Handout

Presentations

Importance of Flavored Milk Presentation

Nutritious Recipes

Create-a-Smoothie
Smoothie Meal Deal

Handouts

Got Your Dairy Today? 10 Tips to Help You Eat and Drink More Fat-Free or Low-Fat Fairy Foods
Flavored Milk Q&A
Rethink Your Drink
Just the Facts: Flavored Milk
(2012) Milk: A Nutrient Powerhouse
Why Flavored Milk is a Nutritious Choice for Children
3-Every-Day of Dairy Lessons - Grades 7-8
3-Every-Day of Dairy Lessons - Grades 5-6
3-Every-Day of Dairy Lessons - Grades 9-10
Improve Children’s Diets with Nutrient-Rich Milk
Milk Quality Check List

Fact Sheets

Flavored Milk: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Child Nutrition Health Education Kit

A "one-stop shop" for the latest science-based information on the role of nutrient-rich dairy foods in improving child nutrition.