By Rose “rina” Chai, Staff Writer

Since the national philanthropy of Delta Phi Lambda is Osteoporosis, what better way to welcome June than to celebrate National Dairy Month!

In 1937, National Dairy Month was actually National Milk Month, and the campaign only promoted milk consumption. According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) website, the campaign was originally created to stabilize the dairy demand when the production of dairy was at a surplus. But today, the month-long campaign celebrates the contributions of the dairy industry across the country.

Dairy products have so many benefits. Consumption of dairy products provides the essential nutrients to build strong bones and reduces the risk for developing osteoporosis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), nine of 10 women do not meet the calcium recommendations. Because of this statistic, women are more at risk in development of brittle bones. Since milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, it is super important to remember to drink milk or have dairy products in your meals.

There are many ways to introduce dairy into diets this summer. Have some delicious ice cream to cool off in the heat or add a slice or two of cheese to the burgers on the grill! Head over to Wisconsin, and celebrate all month long with their dairy themed events! However you choose to celebrate this month, be happy to know that all these activities are helping build and promote protecting bones.

So let’s start and end this month by raising a glass of milk to toast to National Dairy Month and summer!