[11 July/ Rural News Group]

Nutritional Physiology Professor at Massey University Marlena Kruger has completed a study of the effects of milk on children in the Fonterra milk-for-schools programme, and those who do not. The milk drinkers had significantly better bone health than those who did not, causing Ms Kruger to say that milk and dairy products need ongoing promotion in New Zealand. Kruger says, drinking milk which supplies calcium, other minerals and protein is critical from birth to age five and later in adolescence to about 18 when a human has reached up to 80 percent of their adult skeleton.