Kentucky Dairy News

Recognizing Breakfast with the KSNA

9/19/2019 (Lexington, KY) – The Dairy Alliance exhibited at the Kentucky Student Nutrition Association (KSNA) Administrator’s Summit. Youth Wellness program information was provided to attendees along with The Dairy Alliance’s efforts to promote school breakfast programs within the state. Exhibitors were encouraged to use the “Past-Present-Future” theme at their booth, so The Dairy Alliance recognized past breakfast challenge winners from 2014 and present breakfast champions before encouraging participants to nominate the future Class of 2020 Breakfast Champions.


Kroger’s Registered Dietitians Learn the Benefits of Consumers Choosing Dairy

9/9/2019 (Atlanta, GA) – In partnership with Kroger, The Dairy Alliance held Decoding the Dairy Case training September 9 and 10 for Kroger’s registered dietitians from across the country. One supermarket registered dietitian can impact hundreds of people a month.

The two-day event showcased what occurs before milk is available on Kroger’s dairy aisle so registered dietitians can better promote a dairy inclusive diet to consumers. Participants met at Windy Hill Dairy in Senoia, Georgia, for a tour before heading to Kroger’s Atlanta dairy processing plant. The dietitians were impressed by the dedication to providing a healthy beverage. Attendees also learned about the Eat Together, Eat Better with Real Dairy campaign and the nutrition and price differences between cow’s milk and non-dairy alternatives. Now, registered dietitians are equipped with the accurate message to share the importance of dairy in a balanced meal.


Health Care Professionals Sip Dairy While Learning at Healthy Kids Summit

8/30/2019 (Mayfield, KY) – The Purchase District Health Department sponsored an event at Sullivan University called The Childhood Obesity Prevention Action Team’s Healthy Kids Summit. During the day’s activities, The Dairy Alliance sponsored a mid-morning smoothie break of chocolate-covered strawberry smoothies as a tasty and healthy recipe option. Those in attendance appreciated the dairy offering. Attendees left with a new Healthy Kids Toolkit that included The Dairy Alliance’s grant opportunities as a take-home resource.


Cooking with Dairy at the State Fair

8/18/2019 (Louisville, KY) – Karman Meyer, RDN, LD performed a cooking demonstration at the Gourmet Garden stage for attendees of the Kentucky State Fair. While sharing dairy recipes, Karman highlighted the importance of dairy in a balanced diet, including new research supporting full-fat dairy consumption and tips on how to include dairy in your diet if you are lactose intolerant.


Dairy Advocate Shelby Shelby Writes On Milk’s Health Benefits

8/1/2019 (Morgantown, KY) – Shelby Shelby, a newly trained dairy advocate, has obtained a weekly column on the Beech Tree News website. Her first article is titled “Healthy Eating” and discusses dairy’s role according to MyPlate. She declares dairy as an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D and an important addition to every meal. These nutrients are typically too low in the American diet despite their importance for bone health and overall health. To read her first column, click here.


Debunking Milk Myths: From Farm Gate 2 MyPlate

6/03/2019 (Monroe, N.C.) – Roddy Purser guided participants from across the region through his dairy farm for a multi-day advocate training event. Participants enjoyed a meal by The Dairy Alliance advocate and Charlotte culinary expert, Heidi Billotto. During lunch, registered dietitian and sixth generation farmer Marianne Smith Edge presented “What’s the Buzz in Agri-Nutrition.” The next day, advocates learned communication training to help answer consumer questions.


The Dairy Alliance on WTVQ

3/20/2019 (Lexington, KY) – The Dairy Alliance’s Tracey True appeared on WTVQ-TV, Channel 36, in Lexington to discuss The Dairy Alliance’s Diet Disasters campaign. True talked about the current diet trends which often suggest cutting out food groups such as dairy. She informed viewers about the importance of vitamin D and calcium in bone health, and how dairy foods at breakfast can provide quality protein to start to each day. True gave examples of easy ways to include dairy in meals throughout the day. Viewers were directed to The Dairy Alliance’s website for recipes and information about dairy nutrition.

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine

2/20/2019 (Greenville, Sc) – The Southeast American College of Sports Medicine meeting held in Greenville, South Carolina brought together over 1200 professionals and students that work and study in the field of sports medicine and exercise science. The Dairy Alliance sponsored this year’s guest speaker Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSSD, who presented on “From Young Athletes to the Elderly; Protein Needs throughout the Lifespan.” Spano reviewed the benefits of animal protein versus plant protein and explained why dairy is an essential part of an athlete’s diet. She also spoke to students at a mentoring breakfast discussing her career path and providing tips to the students for finding theirs. Additionally, The Dairy Alliance staff exhibited during the meeting with material on dairy versus alternatives, whey protein, lactose intolerance and dairy for athletes. Attendees took home dairy education material and dairy promotional items.

Roby Elementary Receives Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant

2/8/2019 (Shepherdsville, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance presented a $4,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant check to Roby Elementary in Shepherdsville. The Dairy Alliance’s Alan Curtsinger spoke to students and teachers about the importance of including dairy in their daily diets. He covered the vital nutrients found in dairy foods such as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. Roby Elementary will use the grant funds to update their cold storage in the cafeteria and purchase materials to promote dairy consumption to the students.

Smooth & Smart Program

2/1/2019 (Grant County, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance teamed up with Grant County High School to increase school breakfast participation and dairy consumption. Grant County High started a Smooth and Smart program and received an immersion blender and yogurt parfait cart to facilitate the new breakfast options. Students love being able to create their own yogurt parfaits! The new dairy additions to the school breakfast menu have increased participation by 12 percent. During the past school year, Grant County High moved an additional 24,000 pounds of dairy!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1/28/2019 (Frankfort, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance teamed up with Cracker Barrel to feature a limited-time ice cream for the holiday season. Cracker Barrel featured the salted caramel ice cream at all 653 locations nationwide from November 1 to December 24, 2018. During that time, 12,000 gallons of salted caramel ice cream were sold which equates to 17,280 pounds of milk in just under two months.

After School Smooth & Smart Lesson

12/6/2018 (Glasgow, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance staffer, Alan Curtsinger, presented with Stacy Hammer, Barren County Nutrition Liaison, a smoothie making demonstration at North Jackson Elementary. The presentation was a part of an after-school program focused on exploring different career paths. The students enjoyed several smoothie samples made with various combinations of strawberries, bananas, white milk, vanilla milk, and strawberry yogurt. The students took home a copy of the smoothie recipe, along with other dairy promotional items. After seeing the positive reaction to the smoothies from students, Barren County School district is looking into adding smoothies to the menu at multiple schools.

Cook. Eat. Grow. at FoodChain

11/20/2018 (Lexington, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance partnered with Foodchain’s “Cook. Eat. Grow.” program to teach children dairy messaging during their “Dairy Week.” FoodChain is a nonprofit working in the heart of Lexington to forge links between the community and fresh food through education and demonstration of sustainable food systems. The Dairy Alliance’s Tracey True talked about included MyPlate and the importance of drinking milk with meals. She also gave examples of dairy foods and taught the group about nutrients provided in dairy foods. The children talked about why the nutrients in dairy are essential for a healthy diet. They also discussed how to enjoy dairy with a lactose intolerance. After the nutrition lesson, children learned how a dairy farm works by watching the Virtual Dairy Farm videos from The Dairy Alliance’s website. After learning about dairy nutrition and cow care, the group cooked Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, utilizing butter, milk and cheddar cheese.

Touchdown School Awards

11/11/2018 (Lexington, Ky.) – Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors Elizabeth Ballman from Breckinridge County Middle School, Zachary Hess and Kaylee Davis from Farristown Middle School, emceed the KAHPERD Annual Awards at the Embassy Suites. This year, 21 schools were recognized as Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Schools. Being a Touchdown School means the school goes above and beyond to ensure the students are physically active and receiving nutritious meals. The Dairy Alliance works with schools to help children achieve the recommended three daily serving of dairy. At the awards, several participants shared their enthusiasm for the Student Ambassadors’ involvement. The Dairy Alliance sponsored the event and presented awards to the Touchdown Schools.

National Farm to School Day

10/24/2018 (Dry Ridge, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance celebrated National Farm to School Day with Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary School in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. The school hosted farm-themed activities including a dairy education corner in October. Over 600 students and teachers visited with Apple Jack, the baby Brown Swiss and received a Farm to Fridge Activity Book and pencil provided by The Dairy Alliance. Students also learned about the important nutrients in dairy foods and cow care. Local dairy farmer, Matt Colson from Alpine Hills Dairy, participated in the event by bringing Apple Jack the calf and interacting with students.

Kentucky Board Members

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Jeff Deener

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Billy Rowe

Terry Rowlett

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Denise Jones

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