Nearly 80 percent of students in the National School Lunch Program chose low-fat or fat-free milk in 2005, compared to less than 30 percent in the early 1990s, according to a new School Nutrition Dietary Assessment report.

Significant changes in consumption patterns have developed between the first School Nutrition Dietary Assessment report from 1992 and the most current data from 2005. In the 1992 assessment, 28.6 percent of students who drank milk chose either low-fat or fat-free milk, while the latest assessment shows that 79.2 percent of milk-drinking students now choose low-fat or fat-free milk.

The report also found consumption changes among flavored-milk drinkers. In 1992, 2-percent milk was the most popular among flavored-milk drinkers. Now, the majority of flavored-milk drinkers consume low-fat or fat-free milk in schools.

The School Nutrition Association announced the report along with the National Dairy Council.

To read the joint statement from NDC and the School Nutrition Association, click here.