Milk is a source of important nutrients we all need for optimal function. These include calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.

The South African Department of Health’s daily dietary guidelines stipulate that we should all have milk, maas or yoghurt everyday as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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The 1st of June was World Milk Day; I decided to celebrate this day by visiting Khayalethu Children’s home in Port Elizabeth.  Khayalethu provides a home, meals and a family to boys who would otherwise live on the street There are currently 35 boys staying at this wonderful home.

The purpose of my visit on World Milk Day was to create awareness on the importance of dairy consumption and the overall benefits thereof for one’s health. I spent some time with the staff and children explaining the importance of dairy sources and how to incorporate them in daily meals. Low dietary diversity is a growing concern in  our country, with many people having a dietary diversity score of less than four.  Incorporating dairy sources into daily meals is one way of increasing these scores. As a future dietician, I feel very strongly about nutrition education from a young age.  Osteoporosis can be prevented from an early age; children need to be taught to up their dairy intake to minimum 2-3 servings per day!

Thank you so much to Woodlands Dairy for sponsoring us with 100 cartons of flavoured milk that we could hand out to the boys! While the boys were enjoying their milk, I held a quick question and answer session to test how well they had been listening. The good listeners were well rewarded with treats! 🙂

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