National Milk Day
The 11th January is National Milk Day and it has got us thinking about free school milk for children.
Free school milk
All schools are legally required to have milk available during break or lunchtime. Free school milk is available to under-fives and to other year groups who are also entitled to certain benefits.
Does milk increase the risk of obesity later in life?
Currently, over 9% of reception year children in the UK are obese. For year 6’s the prevalence increases to over 20%. The figures are scary, and scientists are calling it a pandemic.
What does the science have to say?
In 2018, a review of all research into milk and obesity found that there is not enough evidence to support these claims. Children who drink milk are at no greater risk of obesity. In fact some studies have shown they tend to have better diets overall.
Milk at home
Giving children milk is an easy, affordable way for them to get many nutrients they need for growth and development.