A new bill, the School Milk
Nutrition Act of 2015, seeks to increase dairy consumption in children by
mandating low-fat and non-fat flavored milk for each school meal. In 2012 the
USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs removed whole milk, 2%
milk, and flavored 1% milk options from school meals, leaving only plain 1%
milk and flavored skim milk. But these recommendations are nothing more than a
handout to a dairy industry trying to increase its market share at the expense
of children’s health.
The bill completely ignores
the evidence indicating that whole dairy, as opposed to low-fat or non-fat, is
by far the healthier option. Research has shown that consuming whole-fat dairy
lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and bowel cancer, and causes less
weight gain compared to low-fat and non-fat dairy. The sponsors of this bill
are relying on outdated ideas pointing to saturated fat as the enemy despite
current research that says otherwise.
Write to your legislators in Congress and
urge them NOT to support government handouts to the dairy industry at the
expense of our children’s health!
Please personalize and add your own comments if you have time!
Please Vote NO on the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2015!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]