When the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creators of got milk? asked me to help launch a campaign that celebrates mothers in California that make a difference in their community while empowering their children to work towards a better future, there was no way that I could say no.

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I’d like it be clear that as a Registered Dietitian, that I support milk as being a part of a healthy intake but that I also support milk-free vegetarian and vegan lifestyles as well.  If there was ever a time to publicly support milk as an agent of sound nutrition, I think the time when they’ve chosen to honor exceptional mothers who are paving the way for the future the next generation was definitely a fine time to show my support.

You might have seen me post this photo with Ericka@NibblesandFeasts, Daily@DailyBaez and Keke@Freeandforme on my Instagram that was taken while we were filming video to promote the #BetterFutureMoms initiative.

#BetterFutureMoms campaign with @gotmilk featuring @nibblesnfeasts @dailycurlz and @keke_dixon. #rd #rdchat #oncamera

A photo posted by Melissa Burton, RD (@mburton0214) on


It was hard to stay quiet about why I was all dressed up and had make-up on (this rarely happens in my every day life).  Filming a video with these fellow bloggers wasn’t that difficult.  We talked about what it’s like to be a mom while we shared stories about how we attempt to provide our children with not only healthy nutrition to promote growth and development but some of the things we do to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Me on set

The #BetterFutureMoms campaign was launched on Mother’s Day (with this short video) to find 7 mothers in the state of California that are making a difference for their children within their community.

Here is our #BetterFutureMoms promotion video about Healthy Habits (please excuse my chatty nervousness – I didn’t even use my full name to introduce myself!):


Do you know a mother in California (with at least one child between the ages of 3 to 18)   that deserves a Better Future Moms nomination? 

If you do, contact got milk? via email at press@gotmilk.com. Make sure to give the full name and city of the nominee and describe how the nominated mom is ensuring a better future for their children and their community in your email entry.  Entries accepted until May 31, 2015.

  • Seven regional winners will be selected and notified in June 2015. The honorees will serve as Better Future Mom ambassadors representing got milk? through media opportunities in their city and will also be invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony to be held in Los Angeles and hosted by “Jane the Virgin” actress and TV mom Andrea Navedo, also a proud mother of two.
  • Updates for the #BetterFutureMoms campaign will be available via www.gotmilk.com.  You can follow along on social media via got milk?’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag, #BetterFutureMoms.

got milk? is working with community organizations, Parent-Teacher Associations and local sports organizations to find these exceptional moms but if you know an exceptional mom in California who qualifies, please submit your nomination!  

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With Susana Nunez who brought these moms together to support the got milk? #BetterFutureMoms campaign

Parenting is a tough job and every parent has a struggle.  Some have harder roads than others but we all have hurdles to clear as parents.  There are those that often feel defeated by parenting (me) and then there are those that rise to the occasion no matter what. I’m proud to be a part of the #BetterFutureMoms campaign that will recognize moms that do and do more than I could ever imagine.  I know that I couldn’t be the mom that I am (and will be in the future) without the stories and wisdom of other mothers.  I’m looking very forward to being inspired by the 7 #BetterFutureMoms winners when they are announced in June.

Disclosure: I did receive compensation for participating in this video promotion.  I would not have participated if I did not believe in milk as a healthy source of vitamins and nutrients for adults and children.  As I said above, as a Registered Dietitian, I do also support vegetarian and vegan lifestyles but believe this is a campaign worth supporting – exceptional moms making a difference to ensure a better future for their child(ten) and their community deserve to be recognized and celebrated.