Breakfast television GP Dr Hilary Jones will be visiting schools in Doncaster tomorrow to press home to children the benefits of drinking milk at school.
The health expert and Daybreak host will visit Bentley High Street Primary School and Balby Central Primary School to mark the launch of a new partnership between Doncaster Council and leading school milk supplier Cool Milk.
From next month, Cool Milk will be working in partnership with the council and local dairies to supply free and subsidised school milk to children in pre-schools, nurseries and primary schools in the town.
Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment at Doncaster Council, said: “This new partnership is great news for Doncaster schools and local milk producers.
“It means that schools will continue to get milk from local cows, supporting our local economy and ensuring kids stay strong and healthy.
“Cool Milk will help ensure the continued smooth running of this fantastic service which hopefully more and more children will benefit from.”
Cool Milk currently supplies over 24,000 education providers from Land’s End to John O’Groats with free school milk.
Managing director John Sedgwick said: “Many parents don’t realise that their child is entitled to free or subsided milk at school and we’re looking forward to working alongside Doncaster Council to ensure more children in Doncaster benefit from the Government scheme.
“Cool Milk makes the provision of free and subsidised milk easier for schools, nurseries and early years providers by taking away the administrative and financial burden.
“We also have an important message to get across to parents and teachers about the health and educational benefits of drinking milk at school which is why we’ve invited Dr Hilary along.”
Dr Hilary, who is also Cool Milk’s Medical Advisor, said milk is an important part of overall nutrition for children.
“Milk is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available and provides a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and protein and other nutrients to keep them healthy.
“As well as promoting good health, milk can help prevent dehydration and gives an energy boost in a way that does not harm teeth, aiding concentration, memory and creativity in class.”
Dr Hilary will take part in a special assembly and meet children.