MP SWAPS QUESTION TIME FOR MILK TIME
Ian Murray, MP for Edinburgh South, helped The Owl and The Pussy Cat Children’s Nursery celebrate World School Milk Day by swapping his parliamentary duties for those of honorary milk monitor.
The Owl and The Pussy Cat Children’s Nursery was one of thousands of schools across more than 40 countries taking part in celebrations dedicated to World School Milk Day this month. The day encourages children to drink milk and aims to educate them about the benefits of milk.
In the UK, school milk is free for children in day-care or primary education under the age of five, and subsidised for school students aged five to eleven. Milk is delivered fresh and chilled to the classroom, distributed by students and consumed as a group.
This process helps teach children responsibility, independence, manners and numeracy, and provides important social time in a child’s day. Further, milk is vital for building healthy bones and teeth and improves a child’s concentration, memory and creativity.
Mr Murray said he was delighted to take part in World School Milk Day celebrations at the nursery.
“Campaigns like these help to encourage young children to drink milk early in their lives, which increases the likelihood that they will continue this behaviour into adulthood. As Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South, I want to play my part in promoting calcium foods as an important part of a healthy diet for children and thanks should be given to Cool Milk for raising awareness across the UK as well,” he said.
John Sedgwick, Managing Director for Cool Milk, said encouraging milk consumption from an early age is vital for establishing good eating habits. “What better time in life to start drinking milk than when we need it most?” he said.
World School Milk Day is celebrated globally on September 28th. For more information go to www.worldschoolmilkday.com
Notes to Editor
- Cool Milk is the UK’s leading school milk suppliers, working in partnership with local authorities and early years groups to supply free and subsidised school milk to children in pre-schools, nurseries, and primary schools across the UK.
- The 1944 Education Act introduced a free milk clause which gave a free glass (1/3 pint) of milk to all school children in the United Kingdom under the age of 18. Today, under the Welfare Food Scheme run by the Department of Health, under-fives are still eligible for free school milk. Milk is also subsidised for school children aged five to 11 by the European Union under the European school milk scheme.
- Health benefits of drinking milk from a young age include the prevention of broken bones and the onset of osteoporosis as well as improvements in dental health.
- World School Milk Day began in 2000 and is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). More than 40 countries around the world including China, Iran, India and Tanzania will celebrate the day this year.
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