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3-A-Day of Dairy

May 18, 2006 – With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it is imperative that we work to improve the health of our youth.  The USDA Food Guide Pyramid and the 3-A-Day of Dairy nutrition education programs encourage 3 servings of dairy every day, with an emphasis on low-fat and fat-free choices.  Studies have shown that a combination of dairy and regular physical activity result in weight loss (the journal of NAASO, the Obesity Society).  Students who exercise regularly and eat a reduced-calorie diet that includes 3 -4 servings of dairy (for example, milk, yogurt or cheese) each day, can change the rate at which their bodies burn fat.  According to the National Dairy Council® (NDC), nutrition education programs that promote dairy empower students to be advocates for healthy eating and active lifestyles, while working to maintain a health weight.

The Dairy Council activities found in the Fueling My Special Body e-Learning kit are aimed at increasing milk, cheese and yogurt consumption to three servings per day.  Geared toward students in grades 4, 5, & 6, these Dairy Council activities focus on the health benefits of dairy.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the Internet in search of interesting facts about cheese in the Dairy Council Webquest.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in a cheese taste testing activity titled Cheese Please.  Finally, Sheriff Tuffy Tooth, along with girlfriend Miss Sparklenshine, will play students in a tic-tac-toe style game of Dairy Squares.

Source: Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center (York, PA)

Location: Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center (York, PA)

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