THIS Thursday is being observed as World Milk Day. Since 2001, this special day, which originally is established by the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations), has been celebrated annually around the world on June 1. The World Milk Day celebration is about sharing the story of milk as an important nutritional source.
Dutch Lady celebrates World Milk Day in many countries worldwide, including St. Lucia. As such, students from selected schools in Castries are invited to visit the Holland Fun Farm at Serenity Park on Thursday.
“We will let all visitors experience where milk comes from, therefore, we organize all kind of activities. In the farm, you can milk a cow, colour or play the spiral game, “from grass to glass”. Also, a photographer will be present to take a picture in the style of the Holland Fun Farm to remember the World Milk Day celebration. During the activities, all can taste Dutch Lady Milk and more is told about the goodness and heritage of milk,” said Damian Francois, Brand Manager — PCD.
Milk is unique because it is by nature one of the most nutritionally complete foods. It provides essential nutrients: proteins, vitamin B2 and B12 and minerals such as calcium. We need these nutrients every day because they are an essential source of fuel, growth and protection for our bodies.
In order to get enough of these nutrients, the Ministry of Health, therefore, advises drinking or eating approximately 500 ml of dairy a day (not just milk, but also yoghurt and dairy drinks, for example). This is the equivalent of three glasses of milk per person per day. The recommended intake for children, adolescents and older people is even slightly more. Not only in St. Lucia but worldwide, milk and milk products are recommended as a healthy food source for everybody, young and old.