Resolution J3123-2013

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



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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