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World School Milk Day


World School Milk Day

Wednesday 28th September is World School Milk Day and the Dairy Council celebrated by visiting Stranmillis Primary School in Belfast where P1 pupils were enjoying a break–time drink of milk.

DCNI Chief Executive, Dr Mike Johnston, pictured with Elena Brown and her mum Andreia, said:

Eating well is important throughout the school day, and making milk part of that healthy routine is a great start to children’s time at school.

A carton of school milk has calcium, which is important for growing bones – the third pint will provide around half of a five–year–old child’s daily calcium needs. Mid–morning milk is also a good source of protein and vitamin B12 and contains other important nutrients including vitamin B2, iodine, phosphorus and potassium. It can help keep children well hydrated too.

Elena started P1 just a few weeks ago and her mum Andreia said:

It is a great comfort to know that Elena is getting a healthy and nourishing drink of milk at school each day.

Watch our video to find out what other P1s at Stranmillis Primary School think about their break–time milk!

For more on school milk or to download our booklet click here.



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