Media release: The Milk Manifesto is launched for World Milk Day

All in a Glass of Milk

THE Milk Manifesto has been launched today as people across the country are celebrating nutritional common sense in recognition of World Milk Day.

Begins a spokesperson: “Milk has been an integral part of the British diet for over 11,000 years and it continues to be one of the most popular drinks and ingredients in the UK. In recent years, however, milk has been the target of persistent myths and misconceptions with regard to its impact on health.”

To celebrate World Milk Day (Thursday 1st June), leading UK nutrition scientists have signed up to The Milk Manifesto – a joint declaration which sets out the lifelong health benefits of consuming milk.

Signatories include Professor Carolyn Summerbell from Durham University, Dr Suzanne Barr RD from Imperial College London, Melanie Wakeman from Birmingham City University and Dr Thomas Hill from Newcastle University.

Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: “We need remind ourselves that when it comes to nutrition, sometimes all we need is a little common sense.

“For millennia, milk has been a staple in our diets.

“It really is time to turn back to the qualified experts, trust in science and take a stand against the fads.

“That’s why we, along with a number of leading nutrition scientists, have launched The Milk Manifesto.

“A glass of milk is high in calcium, iodine and protein – all of which are all key nutrients for the health of children, teenagers and adults alike. Recent research also shows that milk has a protective or neutral or association with heart health and type 2 diabetes.”

In addition to providing a range of important nutrients for growth and development, studies show that milk can be effective when it comes to helping athletes recover after sport.

Says Dr Oliver C Witard, senior lecturer in nutrition and exercise metabolism at The University of Stirling: “Milk contains nutrients which aid muscle recovery and hydration after exercising and the balance of protein and carbohydrates is exactly what muscles need to recover. I like to think of it as nature’s sports drink.

“I am proud to sign The Milk Manifesto – milk is a healthy, nutritious food and World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to break the myths and remind ourselves why milk is still tops.”

The Dairy Council is calling on academics, health professionals and health champions to give milk and milk products a higher priority than ever before.

Dr Anne Mullen added: “Whether you’re young, old, sporty or simply interested in having a balanced diet, milk plays an important part in our development at all life stages and helps to keep our bodies nourished.

“Over 30 countries across the world are celebrating World Milk Day. Let’s join them in raising a glass to milk – a nutrient packed food which has kept Britain healthy for centuries.”

The Milk Manifesto can be accessed here:


Notes for editors:

Attached is a copy of The Milk Manifesto which is also available online via:

A full list of The Milk Manifesto’s signatories is listed below:

  • Dr Anne Mullen, director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council
  • Professor Carolyn Summerbell, Professor of Nutrition, Durham University
  • Dr Suzanne Barr RD, senior teaching fellow in Preventive Cardiology, Imperial College London
  • Melanie Wakeman, senior lecturer in Applied Physiology, Birmingham City University
  • Matt Lawson RD, dietitian for Team GB and international athletes both in the UK and America
  • Dr Thomas Hill, senior lecturer in Nutrition, Newcastle University
  • Dr Oliver C Witard, senior lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism at The University of Stirling
  • Dr Emma Cockburn, senior lecturer in Sports and Exercise Physiology, Middlesex University
  • Prof Margaret Rayman, D Phil (Oxon), RNutr, Professor of Nutritional Medicine, University of Surrey
  • Dr Sue Reeves RNutr, programme convenor for Nutrition and Health, University of Roehampton
  • Richard Chessor RNutr, performance nutritionist at British Swimming
  • Dr Ben Green, Medical Affairs, Nutricia, Advanced Medical Nutrition
  • Kelly McCabe RD, head of Operations at Leaders in Oncology Care


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About The Dairy Council

The Dairy Council is a non-profit making organisation which provides science-based information on the role of dairy foods as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. It provides evidence-based information to health professionals, the media, industry and consumers. More information at:

Help to spread the message. Tweet The Dairy Council (@TheDairyCouncil) using #WorldMilkDay #MilkManifesto.


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