The National Milk Producers Federation says the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health will be the first in more than 50 years.
The conference goals include and to end hunger, increase healthy eating and physical activity, and decrease the of diet-related diseases in the country.
“Dairy products, and the 13 essential nutrients they provide, are a key ingredient in this effort,” says NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern.
“Diets that include dairy help to lower risk for cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.”
Dairy is also a critical source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin D, three of the four nutrients the public doesn’t get enough of because dairy is under-consumed across all age groups.
“We look forward to working with the White House and public and private partners toward advancing these incredibly important goals,” Mulhern adds.
The White House and USDA say the conference will take place this fall.