South Bend schools celebrate 'World School Milk Day'

South Bend, Ind. It was a fun day at Madison Primary Center, as they, along with 24 other South Bend schools, focused on the importance of drinking milk.

It's all part of the 14th annual “World School Milk Day.”

It's an international celebration that stresses the benefits of milk in children's diets.

In honor of the event, students and staff at Madison Primary painted on a “milk-stache.”

They had their choice of pink for strawberry, brown for chocolate or white for plain.

There was even a cow walking around the lunchroom. Encouraging the kids to drink milk and the discussion continued in the classroom.

And for those parents who worry about their kids drinking flavored milk because of the sugar, some say it may not be as bad as you think.

The milk company that we work with has, just in the past couple years, been working on reducing sugar content in the flavored milk that we do serve,” explained Nutrition Education Facilitator Karen Case. “So now, regular milk has natural sugar in it and the flavored milk that we serve adds 6 more grams of sugar to the milk which is really insignificant.”

Madison Primary Center Principal Deb Martin was also in on the milk day.

“If you can make the food that you want your kids to eat fun, then they enjoy that and they see that as fun,” she said.

Nutritionists say milk is very important for kids.

They say children should have three glasses a day, so they can get the nine essential nutrients that everybody needs.

That includes calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth for your little ones.

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