World School Milk Day underlines importance of calcium intake

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September 26, 2007 is World School Milk Day. Milk and other dairy products are the most readily available sources of calcium, a nutrient which is essential for bone health at all ages.

September 26 2007 is World School Milk Day. Milk and other dairy products are the most readily available sources of calcium, a nutrient which is essential for bone health at all ages. In addition, dairy products are good sources of protein and other micronutrients that are important for both bone and general health. Bone-healthy nutrition is particularly vital in childhood as it is the first step towards prevention of osteoporosis in later life.

The first  World School Milk Day was celebrated in September, 2000 and it has since become an annual event celebrated in many countries throughout the world and promoted actively by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. IOF congratulates Tetra Pak, one of IOF’s World Osteoporosis Day 2007 Global Gold Sponsors and a member of its Committee of Corporate Advisors, for its commitment to school milk programmes around the world. The company announced today that it is to provide practical assistance to three new school feeding programs, in addition to those started in Vietnam and Pakistan earlier in 2007. See [link download=934]full media release.[/link]

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