SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. — As the New Year begins, many people will be working on taking care of themselves and their families by making their resolutions. Making New Year’s Resolutions is a tradition of setting different goals and then working to achieve those goals all year long. Many people make resolutions focused on living and eating healthier. While these goals are broad, they are possible to achieve. One simple way you could uphold these resolutions is by including dairy in your diet!
Dairy products can help you live healthier because dairy products are made with cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is known as nature’s most nearly perfect food because of its nine essential vitamins and nutrients. The nine essential vitamins and nutrients in every glass of milk are calcium, niacin, protein, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B-12. Each of these vitamins and nutrients plays an important role in maintaining a healthy diet. For example, calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth, and protein helps repair and replenish tired muscles. These nine essential nutrients can help you live a healthier lifestyle by giving your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
These vitamins and nutrients can also be found in many different dairy products. All dairy products that are made from cow’s milk are a perfect addition to every diet. Adults are recommended to have three servings of dairy every day which can easily be incorporated throughout the day. You can include cheese in a sandwich, add milk to a smoothie, or drink chocolate milk as a post-workout recovery drink. These examples are simple ways you can get your three servings of dairy every day.
This New Year, as we all enjoy the fresh start of 2021, I hope you remember to include real Pennsylvania dairy products in your diet. When you buy real Pennsylvania dairy products, you are supporting real Pennsylvania dairy farmers. I would like to thank you all for your support, and I hope you all have an amazing New Year!
–Elizabeth Chidester, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess