2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
June 20, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Kurtz, Vruwink, Tranel, Kolste,
Tauchen, Considine, Pronschinske and Spreitzer. Referred to Committee on
AJR63,1,2 1Relating to: a statement in support of increased milk consumption among
2America's youth.
AJR63,1,43 Whereas, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 limited USDA flexibility
4to offer children more milk options within the National School Lunch Program; and
AJR63,1,85 Whereas, since passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which
6limited USDA flexibility within the National School Lunch Program regarding
7allowable milk offerings, consumption of milk has rapidly declined in public schools,
8in part, due to a lack of variety of product offerings; and
AJR63,1,119 Whereas, in 2017, the USDA enacted a rule allowing schools to receive a waiver
10allowing low-fat (1 percent) flavored milk as an option within the National School
11Lunch Program; and
AJR63,1,1412 Whereas, milk, flavored or unflavored, is the number one source of nine
13essential nutrients to young people, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium;
1Whereas, according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meeting dairy
2recommendations can have lifelong health benefits, such as improved bone health,
3especially in children and adolescents; and
AJR63,2,64 Whereas, current evidence shows that the intake of dairy products, like milk,
5cheese, and yogurt, is associated with a reduced risk of both cardiovascular disease
6and type 2 diabetes and with lower blood pressure in adults; and
AJR63,2,107 Whereas, according to a study published in Lancet in 2018, a total intake of two
8or more servings of full-fat dairy food was associated with a 22 percent lower risk
9of heart disease, a 34 percent lower risk of stroke, and a 23 percent lower risk of death
10from cardiovascular disease; and
AJR63,2,1511 Whereas, H.R. 832, known as the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019, was
12introduced on January 29, 2019, by U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson
13(R-PA) and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson
14(D-MN), to expand on the USDA rule by allowing whole milk (both flavored and
15unflavored) to be offered within the National School Lunch Program; and
AJR63,2,1816 Whereas, Wisconsin is “America's Dairyland” but has experienced a five-year
17downturn in both milk prices and the number of dairy farms operating in the state;
AJR63,2,2119 Whereas, the Wisconsin State Legislature should do everything in its power to
20support this industry that is so vital to the economy and culture of our beloved state;
21now, therefore, be it
AJR63,2,24 22Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
23Legislature strongly encourages all efforts to increase consumption of milk, up to and
24including whole flavored milk, among America's youth.
AJR63,2,2525 (End)