Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference
8/29/2018 (Madison, Ga.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Julie Wilkinson and Mekenzie Panhans attended the Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GEAFCS) Annual Conference. At the conference, they exhibited an information table full of dairy nutrition facts along with The Dairy Alliance resources. They also gave a presentation with Dairy Nutrition and Dairy Farming Educational Resources to all family and consumer extension agents. Their presentation was interactive and tested the audience on their dairy knowledge. Extension agents took home informational resources to share with their local school and in their programs.
Academy of Family Physicians Southeast Family Medicine Forum
8/17/2018 (Amelia Island, Fl.) – The Dairy Alliance partnered with The Dairy Council of Florida to sponsor a “dairy-centric” breakfast and keynote speaker, Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSSD at the Academy of Family Physicians Southeast Family Medicine Forum annual meeting. Marie is one of The Dairy Alliance’s third-party advocates and the Sports Register Dietitian for the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Hawks. Marie’s presentation title was: Optimal Protein Intake, It’s Not Just for Breakfast. Her presentation reviewed the importance of protein at breakfast as well as throughout the day and highlighted dairy as a strong source of protein to include with meals and snacks. Marie also discussed how dairy is an important part of a vegetarian diet because it is a complete protein food. Not only did she highlight protein, but also how difficult the nutrients in dairy are difficult to replace with other foods, particularly stressing vitamin D, calcium, potassium and B12. She urged physicians to encourage their patients to drink milk with meals.
Back to School Training for Warren County Schools
7/31/2018 (Warrenton, Ga.) – The Dairy Alliance staffer, Julie Wilkinson, presented at the 2018-2019 Back to School Training for Warren County Schools along with six other area districts. Her training presentation included an overview of School Health and Wellness Programs and grant opportunities available to school nutrition staff. Julie also provided a training table highlighting the National Dairy Council’s apple pie overnight oats recipe samples, dairy education information and Farm to School resource materials.
Houston County School Nutrition Awarded Rolling Coolers for Summer Meals Program
7/19/2018 (Warner Robins, Ga.) – Houston County School Nutrition was awarded Igloo Rolling Coolers to help transport meals and milk for their Summer Meals Program. The Dairy Alliance’s Julie Wilkinson visited a mobile community site during lunch meal services. Houston County Summer Meals program has 75 serving sites throughout the community. The program is offered from May 29 through July 27 to help children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Every meal includes a milk to provide children with vital nutrients. The program anticipates serving 7300 daily breakfast and lunch meals this summer.
Atlanta Falcons Host Georgia Students at the Falcons Kids Combine
5/4/2018 (Atlanta, Ga.) – The Atlanta Falcons hosted over 200 students from 35 Georgia schools for their Falcons Kids Combine at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. All participants are in the Falcon’s Play60 FitnessGram program. Sharon Rhodes, manager of school health and wellness for The Dairy Alliance, spoke to students about the importance of milk in a well-balanced diet and recognized several Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown schools. The Dairy Alliance provided Fuel Up to Play 60 giveaways and yogurt tubes snacks.
Former School Nutrition Director for Bibb County School District Talks Smoothies
3/5/2018 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Former School Nutrition Director for Bibb County School District Cleta Long, EDD, SNS, encourages school nutritionists to add smoothies to students’ routines. Long explains how smoothies are packed with nutrition from milk, yogurt and fruit. She also discusses how students enjoy the taste and ease of smoothies, making them great options for school breakfast items. Full Story
Falcons Farmer Appreciation Game
12/3/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – The Dairy Alliance hosted approximately 20 members of dairy farm families during the Dec. 3, 2017, Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Prior to the game, alliance staff members activated a Fuel Up to Play 60 booth outside the stadium at the American Family Insurance Village. Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon took photos with participants and provided autographed smoothie recipe cards. The Dairy Alliance staff members passed out Dannon yogurt coupons and awareness bracelets to passing football fans.
Henry County Freddie Falcon Lunch Celebration
12/1/2017 (McDonough, Ga.) – In October, schools in Herny County, Ga. were challenged to increase their lunch participation during National School Lunch Week. The school with the highest increase was Rock Spring Elementary School, which increased its participation by 8.3 percent (serving an additional 64 meals for lunch), with an average daily participation of 369 meals (all served with milk). To celebrate the school’s success, SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons hosted a ‘Freddie Falcon’ celebration on Dec. 1. Teachers and students had a chance to interact with the Atlanta Falcons mascot and receive advice on eating healthy and staying active.
Dekalb Middle School FUTP 60 check presentation and student ambassador recognition
11/16/2017 (Decatur, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Sharon Rhodes presented a $3,800 check to Chapel Hill Middle School to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 programming efforts. During the presentation, SUDA recognized the work of FUTP 60 program advisors and school principal Lisa McGhee. All school FUTP 60 student ambassadors were also recognized during a lapel pin ceremony, where students took a FUTP 60 pledge.
‘America’s Healthiest Schools’ Summit
11/9/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Alliance for a Healthier Generation hosted a summit in Atlanta to celebrate America’s healthiest schools on Nov. 9. Award-winning schools from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennslyvania, South Carolina and Tennessee were recognized for their success in making wellness a priority. SUDIA and Fuel Up to Play 60 sponsored a yogurt parfait bar break along with a success story panel presentation. The panel featured FUTP 60 program advisors from Hoover City High School in Alabama and Brandywine Elementary School in Georgia, as well as Georgia’s FUTP 60 student ambassador ‘Adiah.’ Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon also made a special appearance.
Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) Managers’ Retreat
11/3/2017 (Waycross, Ga.) – The Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) annual Managers’ Retreat was held Nov. 3 at the Okefenokee State Park in Waycross, Ga. SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson presented, “Fuel Up with Breakfast: Healthy Students or Better Students,” to 75 school cafeteria managers. Attendees learned about the research behind fueling up with breakfast, solutions for increasing breakfast participation, and breakfast promotion ideas. There was also a game show to test the knowledge learned. A SUDIA exhibit booth offered attendees school breakfast information handouts, recipes, and other incentives.
Expert-approved tips to avoid holiday weight gain
10/31/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Lanier Dabruzzi was recently interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about tips to stave off weight gain during the holidays. Full Story
Falcons Fitness Gram Junior Training Camp
10/31/2017 (Flowery Branch, Ga.) – SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons participated in a joint Fitness Gram celebration at Spout Springs Elementary School in Flowery Branch. One-hundred and fifty fifth-grade students participated in physical activity drills with Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon, members of the Falcons cheerleading squad, and Falcons players Matt Bryant, Kemal Ishmael and C.J. Goodwin. Spout Springs Elementary is a Play 60 Fitness Gram school and an active Fuel Up to Play 60 school. The school recently received a total of $6,500 in grant funds from FUTP 60 to improve school breakfast and physical activity opportunities.
Dade County bone health lesson and smoothie taste test/demo
10/23/2017 (Trenton, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Dickens and two dietetic interns from Life University visited Dade County High School to present the SUDIA lesson plan, “Bones Under Construction” to family and consumer sciences classes. A physical activity was included in the lesson to stress the importance of weight-bearing activity. Students also had the opportutniy to participate in a smoothie taste test and make their own smoothie flavors with Dade County Director of Child Nutrition Cleta Long. Dickens completed an immersion blender smoothie demonstration for the child nutrition staff and served smoothies to students during lunch. Staff performed a smoothie taste test and survey during lunch to gain feedback. The school district hopes to add more dairy to school menus through smoothies and yogurt parfaits.
Georgia DECA Fall Leadership and Development Conference
10/20/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Georgia DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) has chosen the Fuel Up to Play 60 program as their statewide community service project. The organization’s recent conference in Atlanta recognized Georgia DECA chapters and their accomplishments in the FUTP 60 program. SUDIA staff member Alicia Dickens attended the Fall Leadership and Development Conference, where she set up a booth encouraging students to enroll in FUTP 60, spoke with program advisors on navigating the FUTP 60 website and achieving benchmarks, and addressed all Georgia DECA chapters on FUTP 60 and DECA partnership.
Brantley County “Feed My School for A Week” Dairy Day Celebration
10/19/2017 (Nahunta, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson recently hosted a “Feed My School for A Week” Dairy Day Celebration with Brantley County School Nutrition Director Laura Lynn. The program was presented to all classes at Nahunta Elementary School. The week-long event featured locally raised/grown products from Georgia as daily cafeteria menu items, including milk. The Dairy Day Celebration featured three interactive stations in the gymnasium, including a “Life on a Dairy Farm” presentation, dairy nutrition education, and a delicious smoothie sample taste test for all students grades 1-6. Kindergarten students worked with staff in the cafeteria making cow hats and listened to readings from selected dairy books. Dairy education packets for teachers and student incentives were provided to each classroom.
Chapel Hill Middle School Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff
10/13/2017 (Decatur, Ga.) – Chapel Hill Middle School in Dekalb County hosted a special Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff event that included Falcons cheerleaders, Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon, retired National Football League players Buddy Currie and Chuck Wiley, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, and other community partners. The NFL and Play 60 organization filmed a commercial on school grounds and the event included a red carpet walk, as well as a student pep rally featuring cheerleaders, a step team and dance routines performed by student wellness ambassadors. FUTP 60 grant funds the school received will be used to implement the NFL FLAG program and smoothies in the school cafe.
Pelham High School Smoothie Taste Test Day
10/12/2017 (Pelham, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson hosted a smoothie taste test event with school nutrition staff at Pelham High School in south Georgia. Three smoothie recipe samplings featuring different fruit flavors (“Mixed Berry,” “Blueberry” and “Cherry Chocolate”) were presented during lunchtime to all students and staff. SUDIA invited students to share their feedback with a taste test survey. Participants received awareness bracelets for their participation. Wilkinson also conducted a demonstration of the Waring® Immersion Blender with all cafeteria staff and is working with school nutrition directors to offer smoothies as a reimbursable breakfast item.
Fayette County National School Lunch Week Celebration with Freddie Falcon
10/10/2017 (Fayetteville, Ga.) – SUDIA celebrated National School Lunch Week with Fayette County High School, the winners of Fayette County School System’s recent district-wide smoothie competition. During the month of September, Fayette County held a contest to see which school among all district schools could sell the most yogurt parfaits and blender-less smoothies (made with yogurt). For selling the most, Fayette County High School got an official visit from Freddie Falcon, mascot for the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to yogurt, Fayette County High School also saw a huge spike in milk sold during the month of September. During this September, the school sold 7,990 units of milk compared to 4,252 units sold last September 2016, an 88 percent increase in sales.
SUDIA hosts 4th annual Cheese Symposium
10/9-11/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – For the fourth year in a row, SUDIA gathered restauranteurs, chefs, dairy experts and food scientists for its annual Cheese Symposium. Over the course of three days, restaurant leaders from around the country learned about the history of cheese, the latest industry research, and the newest restaurant and cheese trends. In addition to learning from a knowledgeable cheese historian, as well as a noted food scientist from North Carolina State University’s Food Science Department, participants heard the latest restaurant trends from “Top Chef” judge and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. Symposium participants had the chance to learn how to make their own mozzarella cheese, visit Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont, Ga., tour Atlanta-based Focus Brands headquarters, and see many of Atlanta’s newest attractions, including Ponce City Market and Topgolf.
Fulton County district-wide food safety training
10/6/2017 (Roswell/Atlanta, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page presented to all Fulton County child nutrition staff on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) protocols related to storing and serving dairy foods. The presentation was given at two locations: Centennial High School in Roswell and Banneker High School in Atlanta. During the presentation, Page gave an overview of Strive for 35˚, SUDIA’s educational program for school nutrition managers to assist them in keeping dairy foods at the optimal serving temperature of 35˚F.
Wayne County Dairy Days
10/5-6/2017 (Screven, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson celebrated Dairy Days with the Wayne County School Nutrition department at Noland Farms in Screven, Ga. Approximately 450 third-grade students and their teachers visited SUDIA’s dairy booth in 25-minute sessions. Students learned about life on a dairy farm and the importance of dairy in a balanced diet. SUDIA set up a dairy nutrition information display as well as an interactive cow milking simulation. Teachers received dairy education material packets and incentives were provided to each classroom. Students had an opportunity to visit booths set up by local farms, enjoy games and crafts, and take a hayride through Noland Farms.
SUDIA receives All-Star Award at 2017 Healthy Georgia Awards
10/3/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Healthy Kids Georgia, the Georgia SHAPE program and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recognized the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) with the prestigious All-Star Award during the 2017 Healthy Georgia Awards. The presentation and ceremony took place on Oct. 3 at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. SUDIA was among nine Georgia organizations recognized for their successful efforts in childhood health and wellness. Full Story
World School Milk Day Celebration at May Howard Elementary School
9/27/2017 (Savannah, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson celebrated World School Milk Day at May Howard Elementary School in Chatham County. Approximately 400 students were welcomed by a special dairy cow mascot during the lunchtime service. Cafeteria staff were adorned in cow spot bandanas and the lunchroom was decorated with festive dairy decorations. Honored Flying High Hawks–students recognized monthly for leadership–were given the opportunity to sport a real milk mustache and have a photo with the cow mascot. Dairy educational packets were provided to each classroom teacher as well as incentives for the students choosing milk on their trays. In addition, Wilkinson presented the “Building Blocks of Dairy” and “Be Smart Drink Smart” presentation to the fifth-grade classes in an interactive afternoon session.
Southeast/Falcons honor school system with $10,000 health and wellness grant
9/26/2017 (Gainesville, Ga.) – As part of efforts to improve youth health and wellness, SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons hosted a Hometown Grant Celebration at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville, Ga. During the celebration, SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons provided Gainesville City School System with a $10,000 Hometown Grant to support healthy eating and physical education improvements. Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher led the celebration, hosting exercise and active football drills for New Holland students with the assistance of Falcons and SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 staff. Full Story
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Appling County District Wellness Meeting
9/19/2017 (Baxley, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson presented “Fuel Up First with Breakfast: Healthy Students Are Better Students” to Appling County School District health and wellness officials during a meeting in Baxley, Ga. All five Appling County schools were represented, with school nutrition officials, physical education teachers, classroom teachers, community members and district leads present. Expanding breakfast participation and eating healthy is a top priority in Appling County for the 2017-18 school year. Wilkinson also provided breakfast resources and Fuel Up to Play 60 grant information.
Fuel Up to Play 60/Georgia DECA community service leadership project
9/8/2017 (Hoschton, Ga.) – Georgia DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and SUDIA/FUTP 60 partnered to conduct a community service leadership project at Mill Creek High School during its Blackout Football game. High school students in Georgia DECA chapter groups choose a healthy eating and physical activity play and taught elementary school students how to eat healthy and get active. During the event, Georgia DECA student president, officers and students presented information about FUTP 60 and hosted fun physical activities and games. MVP player Chuck Smith and Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon mascot also attended the event, interacting with the students and bringing crowds to the booth.
Whitesburg Elementary receives Freddie Falcon Playbook Assembly
9/8/2017 (Whitesburg, Ga.) – Whitesburg Elementary celebrated recent Fuel Up to Play 60 achievements with Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon. The school was awarded a special visit from the Falcons mascot for reaching Touchdown status on the FUTP 60 website. Whitesburg Elementary also received Fuel Up to Play 60 funding during the June 2017 period to incorporate yogurt parfaits on their serving lines. They also used funds to help purchase an electronic scoreboard for the gym.
Tapp Middle School FUTP 60 Student Sign-Up
9/7/2017 (Powder Springs, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page signed up eighth-grade students at Tapp Middle School in Powder Springs for the Fuel Up to Play 60 website on Sep. 7. Georgia student FUTP 60 ambassador Adiah Blackmon spoke to students about how to navigate the student dashboard and to accumulate points. She also talked about her experiences as an ambassador. FUTP 60 program advisors were also present and shared pictures, experiences and helped students to navigate the website.
Georgia SHAPE Healthy Schools Summit
8/28-29/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Georgia SHAPE hosted their Healthy School Summit at Georgia State University for 26 grant schools across GA. SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 was among the state team of partners that assisted with the summit and provided technical assistance to the grantee schools. During the event, SUDIA exhibited FUTP 60 resources and provided Freddie ‘Farm to School’ posters to all schools. Other partners included HealthMPowers, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Organics, Georgia Grown and the Georgia Department of Education.
Falcons Rise Up! 159 Flag Football Launch Event
8/25/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – The Falcons and Arthur Blank’s Rise Up! 159 Flag Football Initiative is a state-wide effort to place a flag kit in all 159 GA school districts. The launch event was held at John Lewis Invictus Academy in Atlanta. During the event, a SHAPE America trainer gave instruction to physical education teachers from 80 of the 159 counties in Georgia. Rich McKay, president & CEO of the Falcons announced a new grant opportunity for schools to apply for up to $10,000 to start a flag league. Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D. spoke and read Governor Deal’s proclamation for Flag Football Week.
Kelley Lake Elementary Freddie the Falcon Playbook Assembly
8/24/2017 (Decatur, Ga.) – Kelley Lake Elementary School in Decatur, Ga. recently celebrated becoming a Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown school with a Freddie’s Playbook for Fitness assembly. Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon walked students through the official Fuel Up to Play 60 playbook for success and taught kids the finer points of eating right and exercising regularly, injecting humor along the way. Kelly Lake Elementary was a FUTP 60 grant recipient last year.
Georgia OB/Gyn Society Meeting
8/23-26/2017 (Amelia Island, Ga.) – Lanier Dabruzzi attended the Georgia OB/Gyn society meeting and share the importance of dairy for fertility, breastfeeding and bone health, during pregnancy, and throughout a woman’s lifespan. There were 146 physicians in attendance.
Smoothie Immersion Blender Training
8/16/2017 (Calhoun, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page completed a smoothie demonstration at Calhoun High School using the school’s immersion blender, which was recently awarded to them through a SUDIA grant. Schoo staff received information on how to assemble the blender, take it apart, start, blend and pulse churn. Cafeteria staff members were also given best practices for serving smoothies, as well as smoothie recipes. The school decided to put smoothies back on the menu since larger batches can be made and smoothies are counted as reimbursable.
Newton County District-Wide ‘PE Party’
8/12/2017 (Covington, Ga.) -Newton County High School hosted a district-wide Physical Education (PE) Party” for all 20,000 students in the district. Students, parents and community stakeholders attended the health and wellness event. SUDIA staff member Sharon Rhodes exhibited Fuel Up to Play 60 and conducted a nutrition activity with a chance to win prizes. Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon mascot was also present.
Let’s Move Henry Expo
8/5/2017 (Stockbridge, Ga.) – Keeping it Moving for Kids Inc. (K.I.M.4 KIDS), in partnership with the Georgia School Nutrition Association, hosted the annual Let’s Move Henry Expo on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jimmie Lee Smith Community Center in Stockbridge. Children received back to school supplies in exchange for participating in fitness activities and nutrition education games. SUDIA staff set up a Fuel Up to Play 60 booth at the expo and students had an opportunity to spin a wheel to answer nutrition-related questions or perform a physical activity.
Polk County Back to School Presentation
8/4/2017 (Cedartown, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page participated in Polk County Back to School employee training. Page conducted a smoothie station and presented on dairy promotions and show cafeteria staff how to use a new immersion blender to make smoothies on a large scale.
Falcons Training Camp Experience
7/29/2017 (Flowery Branch, Ga.) -SUDIA staff member Alicia Page, state Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Adiah, and Tapp Middle School FUTP 60 Program Advisor Kim Blackmon attended the Atlanta Falcons training camp for a “VIP” Experience. Attendees had the opportunity to watch practice, interact with players and receive autographs.
Bone-gevity Campaign Summary and Media Round-Up
7/28/2017 – 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.
SUDIA and GENYOUth Georgia Impact Report 2017
7/26/2017 – GENYOUth and its related dairy-funded programs (Fuel Up to Play 60, NFL FLAG and AdVenture Capital) have been working hard with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) to promote healthy eating and physical activity in Georgia schools. In their latest impact report, SUDIA and GENYOUth demonstrate how dairy dollars go to work for the children of Georgia.
Dougherty County Schools – NFL FLAG Football Training
7/26/2017 (Albany, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson attended the Atlanta Falcons/NFL FLAG football training held in Dougherty County at Sherwood Acres Elementary School. Fifteen elementary school physical education teachers attended the training hosted by the Atlanta Falcons and former linebacker and SUDIA MVP Buddy Curry. Teachers were trained on how to use the flag football kits and the curriculum each school received to implement a flag football program. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program was presented to show teachers how healthy eating and exercise work together. Each attendee received a ‘Freddie Farm to School Poster’, signed Freddie Falcon recipe cards and FUTP 60 program advisor resources. A yogurt parfait bar was provided for teachers.
Southeast states represented at Fuel Up to Play 60 student summit
7/24-27/2017 – 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.
GAEL 2017 Annual Conference
7/9/2017 (Jekyll Island, Ga.) – SUDIA held an exhibit booth at the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) 2017 Annual Conference in Jekyll Island. The exhibit highlighted the FUTP 60 program with handout materials and an incentive raffle to increase program implementation with the school leaders in attendance. The exhibit also included educational resources/research about school breakfast to build awareness on the importance of fueling student minds with a healthy school breakfast.
Summer Feeding Kickoff at Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier
6/22/2017 (Gainesville, Ga.) – The last of three Summer Feeding Kickoff events for the state of Georgia held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. A press conference was held featuring: Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia; Falita Flowers, state nutrition director, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL); Nancy Rice, state nutrition director, Georgia Department of Education; SUDIA dairy farmer Jennifer Glover; Jon West, vice president of programs for Atlanta Community Food Bank; Kay Blackstock, executive director, Georgia Mountain Food Bank; Robin Bailey, southeastern regional office regional administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods; and Steven Mickens, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier. The kickoff event raised awareness of summer feeding programs across the state. Atlanta Falcon’s ‘Freddie Falcon’ also attended and participated in games with students.
Summer Feeding Kick Off in Laurens County
6/14/2017 (Dudley, Ga.) – The second of three summer feeding kickoff events for the state of Georgia took place at Northwest Laurens Elementary School in Dudley. The event raised awareness of feeding sites in this rural county. Several community vendors attended the event and handed out healthy eating booklets, conducted taste testings, and distributed Georgia Farm Bureau resources for students. A nutritious lunch was served and students participated in physical activities with SUDIA and Atlanta Community Food Bank volunteers. A press conference was held in the cafeteria and included commentary from: Georgia dairy farmer and Benjamin Newberry, Laurens County School Nutrition Director Donna Sapp, Laurens County Commissioner Trae Kemp, Laurens County Superintendent Juliann Allgood, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Executive Director Doug Rhome, Shani Drake (Georgia DECAL), Misty Friedman (Farm to School), Robert McCosh (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and Assistant State Nutrition Director (Georgia Dept. of Ed.) Kathy Peavy.
Summer Feeding Kick Off Celebration with Atlanta Community Food Bank
6/8/2017 (Hapeville, Ga.) – SUDIA, along with a number of community partners, celebrated the start of the Georgia Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), with three summer kickoff events at various Georgia SFSP sites. The first event took place at the Hapeville Recreation Center, where officials with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, City of Hapeville, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Fulton County Schools, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Arby’s gave a press conference and met with local kids and families. SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 hosted a variety of educational and physical activities and helped feed around 200 children who came that day for a nutritious meal. Former Atlanta Falcons/Carolina Panthers player and SUDIA MVP Ben Hartsock sat with kids as they ate their lunch and youth also received visits from ‘Freddie Falcons’ and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, as well as Georgia dairy farmer Donald Yoder.
GaHPERD Board Meeting Presentation
6/1/2017 (Smyrna, Ga.) -SUDIA staff members Alicia Page and Sharon Rhodes presented the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program to board members of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GaHPERD). At the meeting, SUDIA secured the right to implement a FUTP 60 instructional session during GaHPERDs regional meetings/workshops to reach more Georgia counties and provide hands-on mentoring opportunities. SUDIA’s Georgia school health and wellness team looks forward to reaching even more Georgia youth with FUTP 60 programs.