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School Milk Scheme

Benefits of milk in school

The benefits of providing primary school children with mid–morning milk are plentiful.

Mid–morning milk is a powerful boost to meeting children’s nutrient needs; a carton of school milk will provide more than half a five year old child’s calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B2 requirements and a third of their protein needs.

 

    Protein

    Contributes to

    • Maintenance of normal bone
    • Muscle growth
    • Muscle maintenance
    • Normal bone growth and development in children

    Calcium

    • Normal growth and development of bones
    • Maintenance of normal bones
    • Maintenance of normal teeth
    • Normal blood clotting
    • Normal energ–yielding metabolism
    • Normal muscle function
    • Process of cell division
    • Normal neurotransmission

    Iodine

    • Normal growth of children
    • Normal energy–yeilding metabolism
    • Maintenance of normal skin
    • Normal functioning of the nervous system
    • Normal cognitive function
    • Normal production and function of thyroid hormones

    Vitamin B2 

    • Normal energy–yeilding metabolism
    • Maintenance of normal skin
    • Normal functioning of the nervous system
    • Maintenance of normal vision
    • Normal iron metabolism
    • Maintenance of normal red blood cells
    • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue

    Vitamin B12

    • Normal energy–yeilding metabolism
    • Normal red blood cell formation
    • Process of cell division
    • Normal immune function
    • Normal psychological function
    • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue

    Potassium

    • Normal functioning of the nervous system
    • Maintenance of normal blood pressure
    • Normal muscle function

    Phosphorus

    • Normal growth and development of bone
    • Maintenance of normal teeth
    • Normal function of cell membranes
    • Normal energy–yielding metabolism

    Milk is a good breaktime choice for children’s teeth… milk and water are the only drinks recommended by dentists for between meals.

    Breaktime milk is also a good source of fluid to help beat thirst and keep children well hydrated

    Having milk available in school can develop the milk drinking habit. Most children will already have access to milk at home, so it is a natural extension to drink milk in school too.

    The table below shows the percentage of a primary school child’s nutrient needs provided by a carton (189ml) of semi–skimmed milk

    Nutrient4–6 years7–10 years
    Vitamin B25947
    Vitamin B12 100+100+
    Calcium5243
    Phosphorus5241
    Iodine2815
    Protein3424

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