Education, and the ability of students to learn and improve their lot in life, is part of the bedrock known as the American Dream. A growing body of evidence suggests that academic and lifelong success can be negatively impacted — not by lack of innate ability or failure to hit the books but by inadequate intake of nutritious foods.
Dairy foods are in an increasingly competitive environment where alternative beverages are vying for the attention of consumers and their grocery dollars. And while these alternative beverages may be trendy, they lack the strong nutritional portfolio of milk.
Scientists are making phenomenal progress in better understanding how food impacts health, and there is good news on dairy foods. Researchers around the world are uncovering evidence that milk and dairy foods provide an irreplaceable package of health benefits.
With the guidelines committee considering environmental impacts of food production for the first time, it is critical that we advocate for a food’s nutritional assets to remain the foundation for dietary advice.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are undergoing a revision in 2015, and drafts indicate the advisory committee will — for the first time — consider environmental impacts of food production as part of the criteria for food recommendations.
During my career as a nutrition educator, I have admired the California dairy industry’s commitment to community health. By providing valuable nutrition education materials at no charge to children and adults, producers and processors have made a mark that is difficult to match.