What if students get sick from milk?

  • Article by: MONICA ENG , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 3:44 PM

There are few alternatives to the mandatory beverage in the National School Lunch Program.

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djknight45Dec. 20, 12 5:19 PM

As a school nutrition professional, I believe- as do many health professionals - that it's important for people with lactose intolerance to find a way to meet their recomomended intake of calcium and milk's other essential nutrients. Speaking on behalf of my nutrition and foodservice staff, we would never force a child to take a product that would make them uncomfortable. This is why all students have a choice when going through the cafeteria line and options are available, including that of lactose-free milk or water. As stated in the article, a parent need only to request it in writing for their child. Wendy Knight, RD, LD, SNS Food and Nutrition Services, ISD # 196, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan Public Schools

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jcw1370Dec. 20, 12 8:25 PM

If they don't want milk and don't want (or the school won't provide due to expense or whatever) a milk alternative, then water can easily be brought and it's FREE. For goodness sake, my daughter's elementary school asks that parents send a bottle of water with each child every day anyway. This is pretty much a non-issue.

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reggfDec. 20, 12 9:21 PM

Almond milk is good stuff, perhaps some of the Almond milk makers could push their product more and make it a little more affordable for schools.

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