Got Milk? Campaign Returns to Chicago

Got Milk? Vanilla-Banana Wellness Soothie Smoothie
  • 2 cups lowfat or fat free milk
  • 1 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 large bananas
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • In a blender container combine all ingredients, except mint
  • Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds
  • Pour into glasses
  • Garnish with a fresh mint leaf if desired
    Serving Size
  • Makes 4 servings, 4 ounces of milk per serving.

Nutrition 180 calories; 4.5 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 7 g protein; 28 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 85 mg sodium; 200 mg calcium (20% DV). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.

(News Release) For years, food scientists have attempted to manufacture new-age, wellness beverages. And though they've tried, none are as wholesome, naturally nutritious and delicious as milk. Milk is naturally nutrient-rich like no other beverage. Providing an array of wellness benefits in a single glass, milk has been endorsed by more than 250 celebrities and its benefits are supported by hundreds of scientific studies.

From March to September, the National "got milk?" Milk Mustache Mobile Drink Well. Live Well. Tour is traveling coast-to-coast to reintroduce Americans to this nutrient powerhouse and its array of benefits. From July 2 to July 10, the Tour will be cruising through your city hosting free events to encourage Chicago area residents to not only live well, but to drink well with nature's wellness drink– milk.

Chicago area residents can visit the James R. Thompson Center to experience free, interactive activities including:

  • Health assessments from a registered dietitian
  • Ice-cold milk from local dairies: Bareman Dairy, Kemps, Kroger, Lactaid, Liberty Dairy, Prairie Farms and Swiss Valley
  • Homemade smoothie samples
  • Five-minute chair massages
  • Souvenir Milk Mustache photos
  • Event attendees can also enter the Healthy Meals Made Simple Sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize from Real Simple magazine, including a healthy meal from a personal chef and a year's supply of milk.

    Drinking lowfat or fat free milk each day is one simple step everyone can take toward achieving overall wellness. Milk is a nutrient-laden liquid that supplies many of the vitamins and minerals that Americans fail to get enough of in their daily diets. Each glass of milk is packed with nine essential nutrients: calcium, vitamin D, protein, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, potassium and niacin. Studies suggest that milk drinkers tend to have healthier diets and are likely to be leaner than people who drink little or no milk.

    "You can feel good drinking milk and serving it to your family, because it's one of the most nutrient-packed beverages you can buy," said Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD. "And at about a quarter a glass, milk supplies more nutrients per penny than virtually any other drink."

    The Drink Well. Live Well. Campaign is drawing attention to the wellness benefits of milk and the unique attributes of being a milk drinker. A new report entitled "The New Face of Wellness: A Look at America's Milk Drinkers" documents the science-based benefits of drinking milk. Milk drinkers may have a health edge, giving Americans more reason to get the recommended three glasses of lowfat or fat free milk each day. Decades of studies show that milk drinkers have stronger, denser bones and drinking milk is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to increase calcium and vitamin D, which has been shown to reduce the chances of bone fractures.

    Milk is low in sodium and high in potassium, a valuable combination for healthy blood pressure. Milk is also one of the richest sources of calcium and vitamin D. Plus, two government health claims recognize fat free milk as linked to reducing the risk of hypertension or high blood pressure, and stroke.

    Perhaps the most powerful testaments for milk are the Milk-Mustached actors, athletes, models and musicians who have been part of the popular campaign. It's no coincidence that these healthy and fit celebrities bring to life the true meaning of wellness.

    Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell helped launch the original campaign, and more recent additions to the roster have included Heidi Klum, Brooke Shields, Marg Helgenberger, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Trisha Yearwood. After more than a decade, these famous milk-drinking role models continue to embody the concept of living well. Now, Chicago area residents have the chance to join the famous faces of wellness and pose for their own souvenir Milk Mustache photo at events hosted in their city.

    Wellness is about the easy things you can do every day to help balance your life. Chicago area residents can visit for tips from real Americans on how they pursue wellness and to share the steps they take to achieve wellness. In addition, visitors can download the "New Face of Wellness" report, learn more about the iconic Milk Mustache Campaign, and the health advantages of being a milk-drinker.

    About the National Milk Mustache "got milk?"® Campaign The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation's milk processors, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the national Milk Mustache "got milk?"® Campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the health benefits of milk. For more information, go to

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