WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. actress, singer and new mom Jennifer Hudson has joined the National Milk Mustache "Got Milk?" Campaign, organizers said.
In honor of Black History Month, the new ad will bring a message that's especially important for African- American families who, research suggests, may be less likely to put milk on the table, the Milk Processor Education Program said.
"When you serve milk, you're doing something good for you and your family," Hudson, who won an Oscar for her performance in "Dreamgirls," said in a statement Thursday. "As a new mom, I'm trying to make the best choices for my family and me, which includes making sure milk is on our table every day."
Hudson's ad will reinforce the importance of milk for her family. Her son David was born last August.
"The taste of fame. Center stage, silver screen, joyful new mom. How do I keep this show on the road? Milk. Its wholesome goodness helps make my family strong at every stage. Talk about a powerful performance," Hudson says in her ad.
"For African-American families, in particular, the gap between the recommendations and the reality for milk consumption is quite large," said Dr. Keith Ayoob, a registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition expert. "By skipping milk, families are missing out on tremendous benefits. They could even be at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis and potentially heart disease."