Local residents show America how they 'Think About Their Drink'
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Two New Haven area families, the Bunossos and the Hazzams, were
among the 25 winning families selected in the Think About Your
Drink Family Challenge from hundreds of entrants nationwide.
WHAT: The Bunossos and Hazzams separately entered the photo contest by
submitting a creative snapshot of their gangs choosing
nutrient-rich milk. As part of a nationwide education campaign,
the nation's milk processors launched the Think About Your Drink
Family Challenge encouraging families around the country to make
milk their beverage of choice. The families will each receive the
royal treatment with healthy chef-prepared meals, along with a
glass of milk, delivered to their homes for an entire week!
WHERE: Visit http://www.thinkaboutyourdrink.com to check out Family
Challenge winning photo entries and utilize tools to help you and
your loved ones make better beverage choices. Plus, you can also
get a free, personalized nutrition analysis of your daily drinks
and see how beverage choice can impact the nutrition of a typical
WHY: Over the past decade, milk at dinner has steadily declined and
today nearly 60 percent of children's dinners do not include milk,
according to new findings from The NPD Group.(1)
Many experts are concerned, especially since the percentage of
overweight American children and teens has tripled in the last two
decades and a recent report called What America Drinks (2)
suggests that beverage choice may impact weight and the overall
quality of the diet. Research shows drinking the recommended
three servings of lowfat or fat free milk everyday is an important
part of a healthy diet for parents and their kids, and may also
contribute toward maintaining a healthy weight. (3-9)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
To speak with the winning family or to receive a copy of their winning photo entry, contact Caroline at 312-988-2410, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) NPD Group, National Eating Trends 2007
(2) What America Drinks is a comprehensive analysis of U.S. beverage
consumption that was conducted by ENVIRON International Corporation.
The report analyzed data from more than 10,000 Americans ages 4 and
older who participated in the government's National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 and
provided reasonable dietary reports of food/beverage intakes.
Relationships between selected patterns of beverage use, nutrient
intakes and body mass index (BMI) were examined.
(3) Moore LL, Bradlee LM, Gao DI, Singer M. Low dairy intake in early
childhood predicts excess body fat gain. Obesity. 2006;14:1010-1018.
(5) Novotny R, Daida YG, Acharya S, Grove JS, Vogt TM. Dairy intake is
associated with lower body fat and soda intake with greater weight in
adolescent girls. Journal of Nutrition. 2004;134:1905-1909.
(6) Phillips SM, Bandini LG, Cyr H, Colclough-Douglas S, Naumava E, Must
A. Dairy food consumption and body weight and fatness studied
longitudinally over the adolescent period. International Journal of
(7) Teegarden D. The influence of dairy product consumption on body
composition. Journal of Nutrition. 2005; 135:2749-2752.
(8) Zemel MB, Thompson W, Milstead A, Morris K, Campbell P. Calcium and
dairy acceleration of weight and fat loss during energy restriction
in obese adults. Obesity Research. 2004. 12(4): 582-590.
(9) Melanson EL, Donahoo WT, Dong F, Ida T, Zemel MB. Effect of low- and
high-calcium dairy-based diets on macronutrient oxidation in humans.
Obesity Research. 2005;13:2102-12.
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