Milk: A healthy snack for growing kids

NORWICH – As part of an ongoing effort to promote healthier eating, students and staff at the Stanford Gibson Primary School are undertaking a new program that ensures students get much-needed nutrition in their diets.

Snack milk – part of an attempt to encourage healthy eating habits for children starting at a young age – is a new initiative at Gibson this year and according to school officials, it’s one that has been helpful in providing calcium at a much needed time for growing children and their growing bones. While snack milk is a simple idea, said Food Service Director Sue Ryan, its effects are substantial.

“It’s an idea that started when (Gibson Principal) Dara Lewis noticed an increasing number of broken bones among younger students,” Ryan explained. “Snack milk is just that; milk that’s a snack for kids ... This is an afternoon break when kids can get the calcium they need.”

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