I recently had the opportunity to spend the evening with members of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (TNAFP) at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville. We enjoyed a delicious dairy reception with milk, cheese and yogurt as well as a nutrient-rich meal where officers toasted the health benefits of dairy.

During the TNAFP meeting conference time, family physicians had the opportunity to learn more about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan, which is a nutrient-rich diet including two to three servings of low-fat dairy foods and eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. Research shows that the DASH eating plan may help lower blood pressure. A National Heart, Lunch and Blood Institute study showed that people who consumed more low-fat dairy foods had lower blood pressure, a major factor in stroke and heart attacks.

All health professionals are invited to visit National Dairy Council to download health education tool kits and access the latest nutrition information and research about dairy.

Many thanks to family physicians for all you do to help keep Americans healthy!

Tracy Noerper, MS, RD, LDN, SNS