Bring WHOLE Milk Back to School! Whole Milk 4 Healthy Kids

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Sherry Bunting
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This a an effort to bring the option of whole milk back to our schools. Did you know the federal government only allows fat-free and 1% low-fat milk to be served or even offered at school? We need your support and signatures to make an impact. Our children and grandchildren are depending on us to bring Whole Milk back to school! 

Please support U.S. House Bill 832 Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act and Senate Bill 1810 Milk in Lunches for Kids. Ask for Whole Milk at your school. And urge your local school boards and other groups to pass resolutions supporting Whole Milk being allowed in schools. 

Health, well-being and learning readiness are vital for our schoolchildren to succeed. Children need proper nutrition to grow, develop, and be ready to learn. Whole Milk (standardized to just 3.25% fat) plays a role.

Since 2008, Whole Milk has been prohibited for children over 2 years of age in public schools and daycare centers because of Federal Dietary Guidelines that restrict their milk to fat-free or low-fat (1% fat).

The science, and our children, say it's time for this to change. For starters, studies show the average child drinking Whole Milk had higher vitamin D status, lower body fatness and less risk of obesity. 

USDA reports show fat-free and low-fat school milk is a most frequently discarded item. Children replace it with ala carte fruit juices, flavored waters, diet teas, diet colas, sports drinks and energy drinks, formulated by beverage corporations to meet federal school calorie regulations using concentrated blends of high fructose corn syrup and sucralose. They meet the "Smart Snacks" calorie requirement, but the concentrated sweetness conditions the palate to crave more, while providing little to no nutrition and no satiety. 

Whole Milk has a benefit called ‘satiety’ -- helping children feel fuller longer. It tastes better, so children drink it -- helping reduce classroom distractions from hunger and cravings and helping children actually get the unmatched bevy of protein, calcium, potassium, and other vitamins and nutrients milk naturally provides.

Whole Milk has zero added sweeteners and less than half the natural sugar found in most juices. Flavored milk has less sugar when the milk is Whole. The fat delays absorption of the natural sugar, so blood sugar rises more slowly over a longer period, and it's easier for individuals with digestive sensitivity to digest.

There is so much to say on this issue of Whole Milk for Healthy Kids. Please look at this letter, where supporting details and documentation are on pages 3 through 6.