To Your Health

To Your Health by Pam Schaefer Dish Up Some Dairy in June

This year marks the 67th annual celebration of June Dairy Month. It started in 1937 with grocer organizations sponsoring "National Milk Month." By 1939, it became "Dairy Month," promoting the use of all dairy foods.

Dairy foods are nutrient-dense and provide many essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamins D, A and B-12 and protein. They provide 72 percent of the calcium in America's diet.

Many research studies show that eating calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt positively affect bone health and may help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium is best known for building strong bones and teeth.

However, this nutrient may serve many other roles including lowering blood pressure, protecting against colon cancer and helping to maintain a healthy body weight.

Seventy-five percent of Americans do not meet the recommended daily intake of calcium, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Ninety percent of girls and women and 70 percent of boys and men fall short of their calcium recommendations. According to recent studies, consuming three to four servings of dairy foods per day could lead to a healthier population.

Getting enough calcium-rich dairy foods is easy. Drink your favorite flavor of ice-cold milk, eat a tasty portable cheese stick or grab a squeezable yogurt on the run for stronger bones.

Follow these tips to add more dairy to your diet this June and all year long.

* Enjoy milk with meals.

* Add milk to soups, casseroles and sauces.

* Use milk instead of water in your oatmeal.

* Try chocolate milk in place of candy.

* Top a baked potato with cheese.

* Sprinkle cheese on your salad.

* Enjoy a carton of yogurt at breakfast, lunch or as a quick snack.

Sweet Cinnamon Fruit Dip

1 package (8oz.) Hy-Vee cream cheese, softened

1 cup Hy-Vee vanilla yogurt

Cup packed Hy-Vee brown sugar

1 tsp. Hy-Vee cinnamon

1 can (8 oz.) Del Monte crushed pineapple in juice, drained

1 container (16 oz.) strawberries, halved

2 red Delicious apples, cored, sliced

2 oranges, peeled, separated

All You Do

Beat cream cheese, yogurt, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl until creamy. Fold in pineapple. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Serve with strawberries, apples and oranges.

From the Hy-Vee test kitchen. For more recipes, go to and click on recipes.

This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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