Celebration Around the Globe – World School Milk Day

By Mary Nicholson

There is only one beverage that brings children together from all around the world to celebrate…milk!  Wednesday, September 28th marks the 12th annual World School Milk Day (WSMD) promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.  World School Milk Day provides a chance for children around the world to learn about making healthy beverage choices and increases their knowledge about cultures around the world.  Launched in 2000, the day is used to promote the importance of drinking milk at school to children in a fun and educational way. The goal of World School Milk Day is to celebrate school milk on one day of the year at the same time all across the world.

No matter what flavor, milk is a great drink that provides 9 essential nutrients necessary for children’s  growth and development.  The body cannot make these nutrients so it is important to eat foods rich in these nutrients like milk.  Milk is also a delicious beverage providing nutrients that are often low in children’s diets, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  Research indicates that when children drink milk at school they are more likely to get these essential nutrients.

Want to know what other children around the world are doing to celebrate World School Milk Day?  Children from over 30 different countries have unique ways of getting involved.  Pakistan hosts two dairy carnivals full of fun games and activities promoting milk and its many benefits.  Croatia has a gathering where children sing songs, celebrate with pictures, and taste a variety of yummy milk and dairy foods.

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