Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013, as Dairy Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim June 2013 as Dairy Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Gover-
nor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013, as Dairy Month in the State
of New York; and
WHEREAS, Dairy Month is a reason to celebrate the safe, healthy, high
quality and most importantly, delicious dairy foods we are blessed to
have abundant access to here in the United States; and
WHEREAS, This is all thanks to the day-in and day-out hard work and
commitment of our nation's dairy farmers; and
WHEREAS, Consumers should know that milk production is highly regu-
lated and inspected to ensure the safety and quality of the milk we
drink as well as that which is used to make other dairy products; and
WHEREAS, Testing and safeguards are in place throughout the process
from farm to store to guarantee that only safe, healthy milk and dairy
products reach the consumer; and
WHEREAS, Dairy farms undergo regular on-farm inspections; farmers must
be very conscientious of sanitary conditions during milking on the farm;
cows' udders are thoroughly cleaned before each milking, and all milking
equipment and facilities must be kept sanitary as well; and
WHEREAS, After cows are milked, the milk is immediately transferred
into a cooling tank on the farm where it is chilled to 37 degrees
Fahrenheit within two hours of milking; the milk is stored at this
temperature on the farm until it is transported by refrigerated tanker
truck to a milk processing plant; and
WHEREAS, To ensure freshness, milk is picked up at large dairy farms
each day, and smaller farms usually every other day; when the milk
arrives at the processing plant, each truckload is tested for antibiot-
ics and bacteria; any truckload of milk that does not pass this strin-
gent testing is rejected and not allowed to enter the plant; and
WHEREAS, Once at the processing plant, milk is usually processed with-
in 24 hours, either for bottling as fluid milk or sent on to be further
processed into other dairy products; and
WHEREAS, Processing consists of standardization (the process of
differentiating whole milk, 2%, 1% and skim milk), pasteurization (heat-
ing the milk and then immediately cooling to ensure any harmful bacteria
are destroyed), and homogenization (blending the milk under high pres-
sure to evenly distribute the fat particles); and
WHEREAS, Cow's milk truly is one of the most wholesome foods there is;
dairy products supply our bodies with nine essential vitamins and
minerals, as well as many others: Calcium - helps build and maintain
healthy bones and teeth; Potassium - helps maintain the heart, brain,
kidneys, and muscle tissues; Phosphorus - helps strengthen bones and
generates energy in the body's cells; Protein - builds and repairs
muscle tissue and serves as a source of energy; Vitamin A - helps main-
tain normal vision and skin and is important for bone growth; Vitamin D
- helps promote absorption of calcium and maintenance of bone strength;
Vitamin B12 - helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve cells;
Riboflavin - helps convert food into energy and is important for
eyesight and skin; and Magnesium - helps maintain muscles and nerves,
supports the immune system, and keeps bones strong; and
WHEREAS, Dairy products play an important role in a healthy diet for
people of all ages; however, many Americans, especially women, fail to
consume the recommended amount of dairy in their diets; but, there is
growing research evidence that dairy products may help reduce the risk
of many of the most serious health issues facing women today including:

osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, as well
as other chronic health problems related to these conditions; and
WHEREAS, From the time you were a child you were probably told to
drink your milk in order to have strong bones; and if you are a mother,
you probably have repeated those exact same words to your own children;
it is true: dairy products are an excellent source of calcium which
fortifies bone structure, and nearly half of all bone is formed during
the child and teen years; but Moms need calcium in their own diets; and
WHEREAS, Up to about age 30, women need calcium to build a "bone
bank"; after that, continuing to consume dairy foods high in calcium
will help you maintain that strong bone structure; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the bone health benefits, calcium also plays a
crucial role in metabolism, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, and
blood clotting; it is easier for the body to digest and put to use the
calcium found in natural dairy products compared to calcium supplements;
WHEREAS, The benefits of milk for strong bones go beyond calcium;
nearly all cow's milk sold in the United States is fortified with Vita-
min D; in the body, Vitamin D regulates blood calcium levels; and
WHEREAS, Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to poor bone health and
osteoporosis; low levels of Vitamin D may also increase the risk of
certain cancers, hypertension, metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance
syndrome), and autoimmune disorders; research shows that consuming more
than the recommended daily Vitamin D intake can reduce the risk of these
diseases; and
WHEREAS, Besides calcium and Vitamin D, other nutrients found in milk
that support bone health include: protein, phosphorus, magnesium, potas-
sium, zinc, and Vitamins A, C, and K; and
WHEREAS, Dairy products can also help in the fight against heart
disease; increasing numbers of women are being diagnosed with heart
disease; uncontrolled high blood pressure can put women at risk for
heart disease; research shows that calcium, potassium, and magnesium,
all found in milk and dairy products, play an important role in managing
a healthy blood pressure; and
WHEREAS, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is an eating
plan for the entire family that may help manage blood pressure and dairy
foods are an important part of it; the DASH eating plan includes 2-3
servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products and 8-10 servings of
fruits and vegetables each day; and
WHEREAS, The American Heart Association guidelines for cardiovascular
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disease prevention in women also encourage consumption of low-fat and
fat-free dairy products; obesity and its chronic effects (heart disease,
high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, and depression) is an
alarming problem in the United States; people can be "overweight", yet
actually "undernourished" because they choose to fill up on so called
"junk" food which is high in calories and fat, instead of nutritionally
rich food, such as dairy products; and
WHEREAS, Women, in general, are concerned about weight, not only
because of health issues, but because of appearance; a growing amount of
research shows that eating three servings of dairy a day can actually
help you maintain a healthy weight; many observational studies show that
people who consume more calcium and dairy foods weigh less and have less
body fat than people who consume little or no dairy; and
WHEREAS, Research trials have also shown that consuming adequate
amounts of calcium, Vitamin D, and dairy products may help prevent type
II diabetes; the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that all Americans
age nine and older include just three servings of low-fat or fat-free
dairy foods in their diet each day; milk, cheese, and yogurt are popular

and easy choices that really require no extra preparation in their
simplest forms; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim June 2013 as Dairy
Month in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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