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Height Goals: How Milk Made My Kids Grow Taller
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I come from a family of tall people. My sister is 5’6” and my brothers are almost 6 feet.
I happen to be 5’2” and I blame it on drinking soda instead of milk since I was a kid. I was also very hard to feed. I was pretty much average height in school so it was never a problem. And then one night when I was 16, a British girl from International School said to me, “Gosh, you’re so tiny!”
That was the first time anyone called me tiny. I became very insecure and started to wear platform shoes, but I was still tiny. So I made it a goal to marry tall. I wanted my kids to be tall.
I married a Dutch. But I also married for love 🙂

How I wish I had taken milk instead of soda. My nephew Miko is the tallest kid (so far) in the family. He is now working in Singapore. But what I remember, when he was a little boy, he had a little fridge in his bedroom stocked with cartons of milk which he drank everyday.
My husband Jeroen also said they had a “schoolmelk” program in Holland, where milk was distributed in school once a day. The Dutch school milk program dates back to when my father in law was a child. Just look at these charming photos. No wonder Dutch are the tallest in the world!

Dutch schoolmelk

Look how cute!

Dutch schoolmelk

When I had my kids, I resolved they would drink milk and not soda. My sons don’t drink soda to this day. Ben is 14 and 5’9” while Markus is 12 and 5’5” and growing. They both love their milk. They have never had cavities and are growing like reeds.

Ben and Markus in Tokyo

Good thing they are tall because both are obsessed with basketball. Both are pretty good and Markus is in his school’s varsity team. Our youngest son Chris (8) also has so much energy. Luckily, he’s into martial arts.

Chris at Disneyland
Christian

Having a dutch husband also means football is very much part of our household, especially during FIFA season. To be honest, I’m only in it for the guys (read: Neymar).
I remember vividly, that before I attended the 20th Alaska Football Cup a few months back, I had no idea how many Filipino boys and girls were really into the sport.

Alaska Football Cup 2015

Long before the Philippine Azkals became a household name, Alaska was already hosting the Football Cup. It’s a good thing because sports are a better alternative to children staying in front of the computer or tinkering with their iPad for hours.

The National Nutrition Survey of Food and Nutrition Research Institute has reported that health issues are best addressed by adopting an active lifestyle along with healthy diet and regular drinking of milk (at least twice daily). Milk contains protein, riboflavin, and vitamin B21. It is very high in calcium so drinking milk is the easiest way to get the calcium your body needs. And of course, playing football outdoors actually help your body to absorb calcium better because of the sun’s energy—responsible for Vitamin D.

Alaska 20th Football Cup delegates line up for their Alaska milk

I’m grateful that my kids in their teens still love to have their milk, and Alaska Milk is one of their favorites.
For more information about Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com.
To know more about Alaska Sports Progrms visit www.playph.com

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