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Optimizing Health & Nutrition Equity: The Role of Dairy Foods and Lactose-Free Milk Options in Schools

June 5, 2024

Join us for an insightful webinar where experts will delve into the role of dairy foods in helping to improve health outcomes for children and adolescents. Dr. Priscilla Mpasi, Assistant Clinical Director for Complex Primary Care and Community Medicine at ChristianaCare Health System, will explore the pervasive health and nutrition disparities faced by people of color, shedding light on impacts of undernutrition, overnutrition and food insecurity. Discover evidence-based strategies to address health disparities through healthy eating patterns, with a focus on the contribution of dairy foods. Dr. Mpasi will also address lactose intolerance and how it affects nutrition outcomes, as well as practical tips and solutions for effective management.

Jessica Shelly, Director of Dinning Services at Cincinnati Public Schools, and Lisa Hatch, Vice President of Business Development at National Dairy Council, will provide an overview of a breakthrough lactose-free shelf stable dairy milk pilot conducted in Cincinnati Public Schools. Results indicate incredible potential to address the gap in lactose-free options available in school meals. Jessica will provide firsthand experience from a successful pilot implementation in a diverse school district, offering valuable insights and lessons learned. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge, exchange ideas, and explore solutions aimed at improving health and nutrition equity for students.


1) Discuss health and nutrition disparities impacting health outcomes in children and adolescents.
2) Explain the role of dairy foods for growth and development during childhood and adolescence.
3) Identify education and nutrition intervention strategies that target misconceptions about lactose intolerance and the potential unintended nutritional consequences of certain restrictive diets.
4) Evaluate the potential of lactose-free dairy milk options in schools to expand choices and ensure equitable access for all children.

Key Area 1000: Nutrition
Key Topic 1100: Menu Planning