North Carolina

Fuel Up to Play 60 Farm Tour

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina12/12/2017 (Peachland, N.C.) – Fuel Up To Play 60 students from Lebanon Road Elementary School traveled to White Rock Farms for a tour of the dairy and lunch with Carolina Panthers kicker and Fuel Up To Play 60 ambassador Graham Gano. Dairy farmer Roddy Purser explained the milking carousel, milk safety, cow care and comfort to the students. The group was treated to hot chocolate and lunch from a local farm-to-table restaurant, which included grilled cheese, soup, and milk with cookies. Over lunch, alliance staff member Mickela Mitchell explained how cow rations contribute to the awesome nutrition in milk. Gano thanked dairy farmers for being the force behind the Fuel Up To Play 60 program and spoke to students about eating breakfast, drinking chocolate milk, and eating yogurt and cheese daily.

Troutman Elementary School kicks off Fuel Up to Play 60 with South Iredell football team

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina11/21/2017 (Troutman, N.C.) – Coach Scott Miller of South Iredell High School’s football team and three of his star players led Troutman Elementary School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff festivities. More than 750 students participated in nutrition education games and physical activities led by the football players and the 2017-2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 leadership team at Troutman Elementary. The Dairy Alliance’s Cami Lewis explained the importance of getting three servings of dairy every day and Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Donette Clendenin encouraged all the students to get active and join the program. Video




Burke County Schools Expanding Breakfast Grants Show Positive Results in Milk Consumption

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina11/10/2017 (Morganton, N.C.) – School districts across North Carolina have utilized funds and equipment grants from The Dairy Alliance to implement programs, which are having a huge impact on milk and yogurt consumption, as well as school breakfast participation. In 2016, alliance staff member Cami Lewis assisted Burke County Schools with Grab N’ Go Breakfast grants, which provided milk crate cooler bags and transit carts to five county schools. Data collected before and after the changes in breakfast service revealed an overall 4 percent increase in milk sales. The five schools consumed 10,388 more pounds of milk in 2016-2017 than the previous school year!


Student Blog: Easton Shares More About The Domino’s Transformation Experience

Southeast Dairy Association - Dominos Transformation Experience11/8/2017 (North Carolina) – We’re thrilled to share a blog post from one of our brave entrepreneurs, Easton of East Wilkes High School in North Carolina. Easton gave us a glimpse into the unforgettable Domino’s Transformation Experience, where ten students from around the country received a one-of-a-kind three-day experience at the Domino’s Headquarters after applying online at Full Story




Southeast students win Domino’s Transformation Experience grants

Southeast Dairy Association - Dominos Transformation Experience10/16-18/2017 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – Students from Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina were among the 2017 winners of the Domino’s Transformation Experience. Each student received a $2,000 grant from Dominos to implement healthy eating projects at their schools this school year. Full Story


Independent Tribune: Dairy group donates milk delivery totes to Rowan Meals on Wheels

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina10/16/2017 (Spencer, N.C.) -The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) recently donated customized, insulated, milk delivery totes to Meals on Wheels of Rowan. Full Story





SUDIA/PepsiCo celebrate breakfast improvements at Lexington Middle School

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina10/9/2017 (Lexington, N.C.) – New Bern, North Carolina-founded food and beverage giant PepsiCo and SUDIA hosted a Grab ‘N Go Breakfast Celebration for Lexington Middle School on Oct. 9. The celebration officially launched school breakfast solutions provided through PepsiCo’s “Ready, Step, Move… Give!” challenge, which links employee physical exercise to charitable giving. PepsiCo recently awarded Lexington Middle School a Fuel Up to Play 60 breakfast kiosk and point-of-sale equipment to help increase access to school breakfast. In only two weeks of operation, the school has increased breakfast participation by 30-50 additional meals per day.

World School Milk Day at Saddler Elementary

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/27/2017 (Gastonia, N.C.) – Sadler Elementary School and Gaston County School Nutrition Services hosted “Farmer’s Day” in conjunction with World School Milk Day on Sep. 27. Following a week of promotions, students and staff dressed up in their favorite farming gear, straw hats, and overalls. Classes assembled to learn about the important nutrients in milk and meet local dairy farmer, Cameron Eaker. He shared his experiences growing up on the farm and answered questions from students and teachers. Students also had a chance to meet two-day old calf, Saddler (named after the school). Both Principal James Ramere and Superintendent W. Jeff Booker sent thanks to the school staff, nutrition services team and SUDIA for providing a wonderful experience for the students.


Local FUTP 60 Student Ambassador chosen to assist Panthers

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/24/2017 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Keep Pounding has become a Carolina Panthers mantra reminding the team about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Fuel Up To Play 60 student ambassador Maliyah Morrison submitted an essay to the team describing how her experiences with Troutman Elementary’s FUTP 60 Leadership Team, along with her love of the Carolina Panther’s mantra, helped her stay healthy and strong when faced with life’s challenges. For her essay, the Panther’s chose her as the Play 60 Game Keep Pounding drummer during its Sep. 24 home game against the New Orleans Saints.


Carolina Panthers Play 60 Game and Tunnel Run

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/24/2017 (Charlotte, N.C.) – In celebration of NFL Play 60’s 10th anniversary – and in an effort to continue encouraging children across our region to stay active and healthy – the Carolina Panthers teamed up with SUDIA and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to host the annual Play 60 Tunnel Run. Thirty-two FUTP 60 students and five FUTP 60 program advisors from four North and South Carolina schools participated in the Tunnel Run as well as pre-game activities at the Kids Combine where they encouraged game-goers to fuel up with ice cold chocolate milk and stay active.



SUDIA Featured in OutreachNC Magazine

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina

9/2017 (North Carolina) – SUDIA Assistant Director of Nutrition Affairs Laura Buxenbaum’s article, “Five Reasons to Add Yogurt to Your Diet,” was featured in the September edition of OutreachNC Magazine. See the full article here (scroll to page 22). Full Story





Healthy back-to-school breakfasts (Fox 8 SUDIA feature)

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/31/2017 (High Point, N.C.) – Kids are heading back to school and in need of easy-to-make healthy snacks. Laura Buxenbaum, assistant director of Nutrition Affairs at Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, shares two easy meal ideas for parents. Full Story



“Re-think Your Drink” at Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/24/2017 (Landis, N.C.) – Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ back-to-school training for school nutrition employees included a food show and exhibits with more than 20 vendors and sponsors. SUDIA staff member Cami Lewis led participants through the “Re-think Your Drink” activity showing the amount of added sugar in popular beverages compared to milk. The display helped school nutrition managers see how both flavored and white milk are excellent choices for nutrition, packed with essential nutrients needed to grow healthy bones and bodies.



Strive for 35˚ Training

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/22/2017 (Washington, N.C.) – SUDIA staff member Roseann Liberatore held a Strive for 35˚ back-to-school training for school nutrition managers and administrators in Beaufort County Public Schools. Strive for 35˚ training provides resources, training, and tools to help school cafeteria managers maintain milk and other dairy products at ideal serving temperatures.



SUDIA Featured in Triad Moms on Main Blog

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/22/2017 (Greater Greensboro, N.C.) – SUDIA Assistant Director of Nutrition Affairs Laura Buxenbaum was recently featured in the Triad Moms on Main Blog, which serves moms in the Winston, Greensboro and High Point areas with helpful parenting advice. Check out her blog entry, “Seventeen Ideas For Healthy Eating This School Year.”

Fresh from the Farm to McDonald’s

Courtesy of The Caswell Messenger

8/10/2017 (Blanch, N.C.) – The next time you enjoy a tasty ice cream cone, frappe, milkshake or sundae from McDonald’s you may be happy to know that the fresh cream used to make the delectable treat quite possibly came from a local farm in Blanch, NC. Full Story




Bone-gevity Campaign Summary and Media Round-Up

Southeast Dairy Association - Bone-gevity7/28/2017 – In May 2017, in conjunction with National Osteoporosis Month, SUDIA embarked on an ambitious new campaign, called “Bone-gevity,” to promote the link between milk consumption and bone longevity. This video includes media appearances that took place during the campaign, as well as a summary of the media impact.



Southeast states represented at Fuel Up to Play 60 student summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit7/24-27/2017 – SUDIA Board of Directors Glen Easter (center left) and SUDIA School Health and Wellness Director Molly Szymanski (center right) pose with southeast Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors and program advisors during the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit. The summit, which took place late July in Minneapolis, Minn., brings together student leaders and educators from Fuel Up to Play 60 program across the country to connect and participate in leadership activities and skill-building exercises. Health and wellness experts, corporate leaders, NFL players and many others helped students and educators learn sustainable skills to improve the health and wellness environments of their schools.