Leading Experts Call For Dairy To Play A Key Role In Combatting Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Conference
The Dairy Council held their "Childhood Obesity: from pregnancy to playground" conference in The Royal Society, London on Friday 22nd January.
The conference looked at associations between dairy consumption and indices of adiposity, with the weight of the evidence showing no or beneficial effects.
A compelling argument supporting the role of substituting milk or water for sugar-sweetened beverages to mitigate childhood obesity was made. The role of maternal diet in gestational diabetes and future risk of non-communicable chronic disease, including obesity, was discussed - with pregnancy exposures proposed as a window for future health of the child. Family-centred societal approaches to combatting childhood obesity were also presented.
The conference attracted about 150 healthcare professionals, and the diversity of speakers was a real strength, creating a narrative around the complex aetiology and complexity of solutions to this serious public health issue. The Dairy Council thanked AHDB Dairy for supporting this conference and SCOPE for providing Continuous Professional Development accreditation.
Read the press release in the press room.

Sports Nutrition Award Winners

We're pleased to announce the winners of our Sports Nutrition Case Study Award in collaboration with SENR.
Congratulations to Alistair Monteyne (Loughborough University) and Neasa Forde (Ulster University) who picked up the top prizes.
Abstracts of the winning submissions can be accessed via the following links:

Dairy Council Schools Programme

School Packed Lunch
The Dairy Council has started the New Year with a range of workshops for schoolchildren in London primary schools. The team are also planning regional outreach in Ayrshire primary schools in June and other regions throughout the year. Topics covered in these workshops include healthy breakfasts & snacks, sugar awareness, sports nutrition and reading food labels.
Our publication, Eating Well – The Primary School Years, provides information on nutrient requirements for children aged 5-11 years and explains the importance of a healthy balanced diet and physical activity. It includes plenty of meal and snack ideas. It is available now as a free download for teachers and healthcare professionals.
If you would like to know more information about what The Dairy Council can offer your local school, please contact info@dairycouncil.org.uk.

New 'Milk It' Video: 'What's Your Thing?'

The latest Dairy Council video aims to encourage teenagers to think about what sport or physical activity they could engage in. Produced for the Milk It For All It's Worth campaign, What's Your Thing? - Martial Arts is the third instalment in the What's Your Thing? video series and stars students from world renowned martial arts centre The Budokwai in London.
The Milk It For All It's Worth campaign aims to promote the benefits of drinking low-fat milk and being physically active to 12-20 year-olds and currently has more than 10,000 fans on Facebook.

Dairy & Sport Matters

Dairy & Sport Matters
The Dairy Council has been heavily involved in sports initiatives including The Milk Race, our Milk & Sport booklets for athletes, and being a founding partner of the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
In 2014, we consolidated our commitment to sports nutrition with the appointment of our very own Associate Nutritionist with expertise in sport and exercise nutrition. With this exciting development, The Dairy Council has launched "Dairy & Sport Matters", a quarterly e-newsletter for nutrition and sports professionals.
"Dairy & Sport Matters" will include news from The Dairy Council, expert comment and articles on sports nutrition, interviews with elite athletes, up-to-date evidence from academic journals on sports nutrition issues plus top tips and recipes for the sportsperson's diet.
To subscribe for your free Dairy & Sport Matters, please email info@dairycouncil.org.uk.

Latest Resource: Milk Factsheet

Milk FactsheetMilk is a nutrient-rich staple of the British diet. It provides a number of essential nutrients for every age group and plays a key role within a healthy diet.
Our latest resource provides professionals with information about milk including how milk is processed, the nutrient composition of milk, its importance throughout the life stages and the role it can play in prevention of disease. It also aims to dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions about milk.
Download Milk Factsheet now.

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