Time to beat the heat and celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month

President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

According to the International Dairy Foods Council in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2013, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 21.

So how can families celebrate National Ice Cream Month? Michigan State University Extension suggests taking your families or friends to eat ice cream at various ice cream shops throughout Michigan.

Some favorites around the state are:

Ice cream should be considered a treat but it is also considered part of the dairy group. According to MyPlate.gov, “consuming dairy products provides health benefits – especially improved bone health. Foods in the Dairy Group provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.”

Enjoy your ice cream in moderation but continue to get your three servings a day of dairy.

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