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-related ativities including a dairy education corner. 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 participated in the event by bringing a calf and interacting with students and teachers.
Eat Together, Eat Better with WDRB Louisville
10/15/2018 (Louisville, Ky.) – Registered Dietitian and dairy advocate, Catherine Arnold, appeared on WDRB in Louisville to discuss the importance of eating together and the health benefits of dairy foods. Catherine encouraged families to drink milk with meals to provide three of the four most commonly missing nutrients in American diets: potassium, calcium, vitamin D. She also reiterated the importance of milk with breakfast, as it provides protein to keep kids full through the beginning of the day. At the end of the segment, Catherine directed viewers to thedairyalliance.com for more tips and recipes. Watch the full segment here.
Donna Martin on Coffee with America
10/15/2018 (Frankfort, Ky.) – Donna Martin, Registered Dietitian and dairy advocate, appeared on Coffee with America to support The Dairy Alliance’s Eat Together, Eat Better campaign. Donna talked about the three tips to help families eat together: plan, prep and pack the pantry. She also discussed the health benefits children receive from eating with their families. Her video has over 2.5 million views so far! Watch the full segment here.
The Dairy Alliance on WBKO MidDay Live
10/04/2018 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – Tracey True, manager of food and nutrition outreach for The Dairy Alliance, appeared on WBKO MidDay Live in Bowling Green, Kentucky to discuss the importance of eating together as a family. She also highlighted the health benefits of dairy foods and shared ways families can get their three servings a day. Tracey encouraged families to drink milk with every meal to receive three of the four most commonly missing nutrients in American diets: potassium, calcium and vitamin D. To finish out her segment, Tracey demonstrated The Dairy Alliance’s sheet pan Mediterranean shrimp dish and directed viewers to thedairyalliance.com for more tips and recipes. Watch the full segment here.
Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrator Dairy Tour
9/12/2018 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – Directors attending the Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrator Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky visited Chaney’s dairy barn. The tour started with Carl Chaney taking everyone on a wagon ride to view the robotic milker in action. Following the robotic milker demonstration, the directors enjoyed dinner and ice cream at the Dairy Barn. This is the third year KSNA and The Dairy Alliance have collaborated to offer the Dairy Barn Tour as a supplemental activity during the annual conference. This year’s participants earned professional standards credit for attending.
Kentucky State Fair Cooking Demonstration
8/25/2018 (Louisville, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance sponsored Karman Meyer, RD in a cooking demonstration at the Kentucky State Fair Gourmet Garden stage. Karman did a fantastic job demonstrating the Smokey Pimento Cheese Poppers and Crimson & White Mediterranean Dip recipes from our website. While performing her demonstration, Karman explained the health benefits of dairy and lactose-free options available to consumers. The Dairy Alliance provided three prize bags for audience participation in nutrition-related questions throughout the demonstration.
Fayette County Public Schools host Health Professional Development Course
8/9/2018 (Lexington, Ky.) – This August, Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky hosted a Physical Education and Health professional development course. The Dairy Alliance staffer, Alan Curtsinger, gave a presentation about Fuel Up to Play 60 program and discussed grant opportunities. Alan also had an information table with handouts and giveaways promoting dairy in schools and chocolate milk as a recovery beverage.
New Food Service Directors Learn about The Dairy Alliance
7/31/2018 (Frankfort, Ky.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Alan Curtsinger and Melinda Turner visited the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of School and Community Nutrition offices to meet with new food service directors. The Dairy Alliance provided a fruity yogurt popsicle sample and introduced the new directors to School Health and Wellness programs through an informative presentation. The training ended with chocolate covered strawberry smoothie samples at The Dairy Alliance booth which was a part of the Allied Partners Showcase. Participants were also a cooler bag full of educational and promotional materials.
Milk 2 My Plate Grant Provides Milk For Kentucky Families
7/17/2018 (Lexington, Ky.) – Over the past three months, the Milk 2 My Plate grant with God’s Pantry Food Bank has been providing milk to food insecure families. The local food bank in Lexington, KY has utilized the grant money to supply more than 900 gallons of milk – or 7,740 pounds of milk – to families in need.
Milk 2 My Plate Grant Makes More Dairy Products Available to Kentucky Families
5/29/2018 (Winchester, Ky.) – Thousands of Kentuckians who struggle to buy nutritious foods for their families now have greater access to fresh Kentucky-produced milk thanks to a $30,000 grant from The Dairy Alliance to God’s Pantry Food Bank, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced today. The Dairy Alliance launched the Milk 2 My Plate program early this year to build an infrastructure for getting dairy products from Kentucky farms to Kentucky homes while developing relationships between processors and food banks. Full Story
Hickman County Schools Receive Grants to Expand Breakfast Participation
1/26/2018 (Hickman, Ky.) – They Dairy Alliance staff member Alan Curtsinger presented Hickman County Elementary and Hickman County High School a check for receiving a Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant to add milk, yogurt and fruit smoothies to the breakfast menu. Both schools also received breakfast carts to increase Grab N’ Go Breakfast participation. Over 320 elementary students participated in the first time strawberry smoothies were served. Hickman County High also served 200 smoothies on their first day using the new breakfast program.
Ben Johnson Elementary Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff and Check Presentation
12/18/2017 (McDaniels, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant check to Breckinridge school officials during the Ben Johnson Elementary School Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff. During the morning assembly, Fuel Up to Play 60 student leaders shared their vision for the program and how grant funds will be used to increase healthy menu options, add breakfast smoothies to school menus, and start a walking club to get students active for at least 60 minutes each day. Congratulations to Ben Johnson Elementary School for receiving back-to-back Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Football Championships
12/1-3/2017 (Lexington, Ky.) – High school football fans from across the state enjoyed six championship games Friday-Saturday at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field. Chocolate milk was celebrated as the official beverage of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the leading rusher was recognized on the field with the Chocolate Milk Recover and Rebuild Award at the conclusion of each game. SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger exhibited throughout the weekend and reinforced national “BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK” messaging.
Kentucky Association for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference
11/12-14/2017 (Lexington, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Alan Curtsinger and Melinda Turner represented SUDIA at the 2017 KAHPERD meeting in Lexington. SUDIA participated in an awards ceremony emceed by Fuel Up to Play 60 Kentucky student ambassador ‘Ansley’ and hosted an exhibit booth. SUDIA also sponsored two speaker sessions, including a presentation from registered sports dietitian and nutritionist Paul Moore. Moore spoke on the topic, “Performance Nutrition: Fueling for the Classroom and on the Field.” Dairy nutrition was also covered in the presentation. Fuel Up to Play 60 program advisor D.J. Riggs (Ben Johnson Elementary, Breckinridge Elementary) and SUDIA MVP George Wilson presented on how schools can take their Fuel Up to Play 60 efforts to the next level.
Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians State Meeting
11/10/2017 (Lexington, Ky.) – Alliance staff member Jenny Beth Kroplin exhibited at the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians state meeting in Lexington, KY, offering dairy and nutrition-related resources to Kentucky physicians. The Dairy Alliance sponsored the event’s lunch, which featured cheese in the meal and yogurt parfaits for dessert. The lunch also provided an opportunity for Kroplin to discuss dairy nutrition and what The Dairy Alliance does for dairy farmers across the Southeast with area doctors and physicians. Kroplin met with key leaders within the academy, such as the executive director, president and alliance advocate Dr. Lisa Corum.
Allen County Smoothie Taste Testings
11/8/2017 (Scottsville, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger partnered with Allen County School District Food Services staff to offer students a milk and yogurt strawberry smoothie sample during lunch at both James E. Bazzell Middle School and Allen County Scottsville High School. Students were excited to learn Allen County recently received funding for two smoothie blenders and will add smoothies to the breakfast menus.
Scott County Schools Food Show
10/24/2017 (Georgetown, Ky.) – Scott County Schools held a district-wide food show at Elkhorn Crossing School. Elementary and secondary school students of all grades had an opportunity to sample foods from multiple vendors and provide feedback to determine cafeteria menu options for 2018. SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger set up a Fuel Up to Play 60 booth that highlighted one of the new National Dairy Council school recipes, Creamy Herb Yogurt Dressing. The dressing was served with vegetables for dipping and one student commented, “Y’all know how to make vegetables taste good.”
Marvelous Monday Career Day at Lebanon Junction Elementary School
10/23/2017 (Lebanon Junction, Ky.) – During last year’s Marvelous Monday Career Day at Lebanon Junction Elementary School, students learned about Fuel Up to Play 60 from SUDIA staff. This year, students learned about dairy farming and the role of dairy as part of a healthy diet. SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger took students through SUDIA’s Virtual Farm Tour activity and shared dairy facts with a fun GoNoodle activity.
Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit
10/19/2017 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Jenny Beth Kroplin went live on WBKO TV’s Midday Show in a “Fall into Fall Flavors” segment, where she spoke about incorporating delicious fall flavors using healthy meal and snack recipes from the SUDIA website. Kroplin shared the benefits of nutrient-rich dairy in the recipes, such as high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, and how several SUDIA recipes supply the four nutrients of concern in the American diet, which are potassium, calcium, vitamin D and fiber. Dairy can be incorporated throughout the day in a healthy way using fall flavors.
Southeast students win Domino’s Transformation Experience grants
10/16-18/2017 (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
Kentucky School Nutrition Association Managers Retreat
10/13/2017 (Ashland, Ky.) – SUDIA hosted an information booth during the Kentucky School Nutrition Association Managers Retreat on Oct. 13. School cafeteria managers from throughout the state visited the SUDIA exhibit, which highlighted new National Dairy Council recipes for school cafeteria service (12 recipes in all). Attendees also had an opportunity to speak with SUDIA staff about “Dairy in Your School” programs.
Clinton County Fuel Up to Play 60 Check Presentation
10/12/2017 (Albany, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented a $8,900 check to Clinton County Schools to implement Fuel Up to Play 60 at three schools. Among several improvements, the funds will assist the three schools in adding yogurt, milk and fruit smoothies to their breakfast menus. One of the three schools, Clinton County High School, will also offer milk-based coffee and a self-serve parfait bar in the coming new year.
Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit
10/10/2017 (Lebanon, Ky.) – Marion County dairy farmer and American Dairy Association of Kentucky board member Kim Jones shared information about dairy farming with all Marion County Schools Food Services staff during their annual training. Jones connected with her audience by sharing her love for her work, farm values, and information about federal regulations, while also helping workers understand how milk makes it from local farms to the school cafeteria. School workers sampled parfaits and smoothies and SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger conducted a Strive for 35˚ training to encourage them to serve milk at the optimal temperature of 35˚F.
Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit
9/27/2017 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger exhibited at the Kentucky School Nutrition Associaton’s summit for school food service administrators. The exhibit included information on all of SUDIA’s in-school programs and highlighted new National Dairy Council recipes for school cafeteria service. Attendees also had an opportunity to tour Chaney’s Dairy Barn later in the evening.
Meade County Schools Food Services District Training
9/22/2017 (Brandenburg, Ky.) – In conjunction with World School Milk Day, SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented insights on self-serve parfait bars and National Dairy Council cafeteria recipes to Meade County school food service workers. Meade County High School staff provided a self-serve parfait breakfast to all participants and each school in the district received SUDIA promotional materials to encourage student dairy consumption throughout the year.
Brooks Elementary Math and Movement Night
9/21/2017 (Brooks, Ky.) – Brooks Elementary School recently hosted “Math and Movement Night,” an after-school program encouraging academics and physical activity. SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 exhibit and information about the importance of student wellness. The FUTP 60 area was one of three rooms designed to encourage physical activity among students and parents. Information on “Rethink Your Drink” and dairy-rich recipes were also shared along with national MyPlate recommendations.
Kentucky Department of Education Summer Meals Celebration
9/12/2017 (Frankfort, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger were invited to the Summer Meals Celebration in Frankfort, where Summer Meals Champions were recognized for efforts to feed students during the months when school is not in session. SUDIA sponsored a delicious and nutritious chocolate milk toast on behalf of the dairy farm families of the Southeast. The toast recognized all of the partners in attendance and the record number (2,879,971 and counting) of summer meals served throughout the state. This represents a 12+ percent increase in meals served over 2016. A variety of milk options are served with each meal and the majority of students make milk their drink of choice with summer meals.
SUDIA celebrates donation of 156 freezers to Kentucky food banks
8/30/2017 (Kentucky) – The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) was among several food, agriculture and aid organizations celebrating the donation this month of 156 new freezers to local food pantries across Kentucky. The freezers—donated by Louisville, Ky.-based Farm Credit Mid-America and Colorado-based CoBank—were secured by the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, a task force of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to combat food-insecurity issues throughout the state. Full Story
Allen County Food Service District Training
8/8/2017 (Scottsville, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented SUDIA school programsto all Allen County school district food service staff, with an emphasis on Strive for 35˚ and with Smooth and Smart programs. Attendees learned the value of milk as a nutrient powerhouse and the importance of serving it at 35˚F. The training included making milk, yogurt, and fruit smoothies. Allen County High School is excited to start offering smoothies during the 2017-18 school year; James E. Bazzell Middle School and Allen County Intermediate Center both plan to work with SUDIA on securing smoothie blenders so they can start serving them as well.
Kentucky Department of Education’s New Food Service Directors Training
8/2/2017 (Frankfort, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger presented at the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Finance and Operations to new food service directors about SUDIA programs and grant opportunities. They provided smoothie samples and a self-serve parfait bar to encourage directors to add these delicious and nutritious items to their menus. Directors left with a bag full of SUDIA educational and promotional materials to support their programs throughout the year.
Teach KY Ag at Glasgow-Barren Boys and Girls Club
7/28/2017 (Glasgow, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger joined Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom, Inc. at the Glasgow-Barren County Boys and Girls Club to educate youth about the important role agriculture plays in their everyday lives. Students rotated through educational sessions with several commodity groups represented. SUDIA spoke to students about the path milk takes from farm to table, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet and interesting dairy farm facts.
SUDIA and GENYOUth Kentucky 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 Kentucky schools. In their latest impact report, SUDIA and GENYOUth demonstrate how dairy dollars go to work for the children of Kentucky.
Paducah Public Schools Summer Nutrition Tour
7/25/2017 (Paducah, Ky.) – SUDIA had a chance to help transport summer meals directly to students in need. On July 25, SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger met with Paducah Public Schools (PPS) food service staff to deliver summer meals along two mobile routes, utilizing summer nutrition food storage coolers provided by SUDIA. Each stop along the routes were advertised using SUDIA Summer Nutrition yard signs and banners. Milk was a component of every meal served to those 18 and under. PPS Food Service Director Lynsi Barnill and her mobile program served more 20,000 meals in June alone. Plans were also discussed on how to utilize Paducah native and Fuel Up to Play 60 MVP George Wilson to build strong FUTP 60 programs in Paduach-area schools during the 2017-18 school year.
Photo: SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger (center) with PPS staff.
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.
YMCA meets Fuel Up to Play 60
7/24/2017 (Shepherdsville, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger spoke to YMCA campers at Roby Elementary about the importance of fueling up with dairy and being active for at least 60 minutes a day. Campers’ health and fitness knowledge was tested by taking a GoNoodle online physical activity challenge. The presentation ended with a smoothie sampling and students were encouraged to share their new smoothie recipe at home.
Ag. Commissioner Quarles shares dairy know-how with students
7/19/2017 (Fort Knox, Ky.) – SUDIA staff joined Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom, Inc. partners at the Fort Knox Boys and Girls Club to educate youth about the important role agriculture plays in their everyday lives. Students were treated with a visit to the Mobile Science Activity Center along with a visit by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. Commissioner Quarles demonstrated how to properly milk a cow and shared his vast dairy knowledge with students. SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger spoke to students about how milk gets from farm to table, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet, and concluded each session with Kentucky dairy farm trivia questions.
Photo: Kentucky Ag. Commissioner Ryan Quarles (right) shows students at the Fort Knox Boys and Girls Club how to properly milk a cow.
Diocese of Owensboro Food Service Training
7/5/2017 (Maple Mount, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented SUDIA programs to staff from the 14 Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro schools at the Mt. Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. Staff members learned how to implement a successful self-serve parfait bar and were treated to a sample parfait bar to reinforce the visual appeal of this nutritious, delicious breakfast and lunch menu option. SUDIA also facilitated “Strive for 35˚” training (showing food service staff how to keep milk at an optimal 35˚F), provided SUDIA support materials and taught staff how to make ice cream in a bag as an educational activity for National Ice Cream month.
Photo: Diocese of Owensboro Schools staff try a sample parfait bar during a food service training hosted by SUDIA.