Madisonville Junior High Awarded Saints Hometown Grant
10/26/2018 (Madisonville, La.) – In an effort to help students eat healthier and stay physically active, the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 are coming together for a fifth year to award schools or school districts across the country with a $10,000 Hometown Grant. These Hometown Grants are part of a larger initiative between both the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 to supply a $10,000 grant to a deserving school or school district in each of the 32 NFL markets, in hopes of making a difference in the overall health and wellness of students across the country. This year, Madisonville Junior High School will receive the grant from the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans Saints player and Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador, Thomas Morstead, visited the school to celebrate with the students as they continue to fuel greatness. The Dairy Alliance provided awareness bracelets and giveaways for the students. See more pictures here.
Donna Martin on Coffee with America
10/15/2018 (Baton Rouge, La.) – 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.
World School Milk Day at Chesbrough Elementary School
9/25/2018 (Kentwood, La.) – To celebrate World School Milk Day, Chesbrough Elementary School in Tangipahoa Parish hosted school board members, local dairy farmers, and high school FFA members and the Mayor of Kentwood, Lousiana as special guests during lunch. During lunch, students and guest shared their favorite dairy and cow jokes and dressed as farmers and cows to revel in the excitement. Local dairy farmer Susie Sharkey and The Dairy Alliance’s Jen Duhon educated students on dairy nutrition and the dairy industry.
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.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Excellence Awards
6/25/2018 (New Orleans, La.) – A select group of FUTP60 Program Advisors was invited to tour the New Orleans Saints Training Facility, participate in an adult combine, and learn about the importance of proper nutrition for students. Jamie Meeks, Registered Dietitian who is the manager of Sports Nutrition for the New Orleans Saints, spoke to these Program Advisors about the importance of nutrition for their students. Meeks encouraged dairy to be apart of their diet as a good source of calcium, protein, and carbohydrates.
Culinary Dietitian and Dairy Advocate, Shelly Redmond, celebrates June Dairy Month
6/08/2018 (Shreveport, La.) – Shelly Redmond, a Culinary Dietitian and Dairy Advocate celebrated June Dairy Month on a local TV station in Shreveport, La. Redmond emphasized the importance of dairy as part of a healthy diet, especially in the diets of children. She gave several examples of healthy meals and snacks that included dairy, for kids during the summer. Full Video
North Corbin Junior High pep rally celebrates improved breakfast service
5/23/2018 (Walker, La.) – North Corbin Junior High School faculty, staff, and students recognized the efforts of their cafeteria staff at a special school pep rally May 16 that featured NFL Saints Mascot Sir Saint. The pep rally was held in celebration of the school receiving the state’s top award in the “No Kid Hungry” Breakfast Challenge, by having the largest increase in breakfast participation among participating schools with grades K-8. Full Story
Gov. Edwards and the First Lady recognize School Breakfast Week and winners of the School Breakfast Challenge
3/7/2018 (Baton Rouge, La.) – Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards highlighted the importance of students eating a healthy breakfast by proclaiming March 5-9, 2018 as Louisiana School Breakfast Week. They also announced the winners of the No Kid Hungry Louisiana Breakfast Challenge aimed at ending child hunger in our state. Full Story
Saints bring ‘Fuel to Play 60’ program to Bunkie Elementary School
11/8/2017 (Bunkie, La.) – Eating right and getting active is important and no one knows that better than professional athletes. The New Orleans Saints have partnered up with the Fuel to Play 60 program and Eat, Move, Grow to bring this message to students in a fun way. Full Story (KALB Louisiana)
St. Charles Public Schools Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant Presentation
10/31/2017 (Paradis, La.) – New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead visited J.B. Martin Middle School on Oct. 31 as part of SUDIA’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign. During a schoolwide celebration, Fuel Up to Play 60 presented the St. Charles Public School System with a $10,000 grant to facilitate sustainable physical activity and healthy eating improvements. The grant will help several schools in the district improve their access to breakfast and physical activity opportunities.
Dairy Advocate Shelly Redmond promotes dairy at Louisiana Book Festival
10/28/2017 (Baton Rouge, La.) – Culinary dietitian, author of “Skinny Louisiana in the Kitchen” and SUDIA dairy advocate Shelly Redmond recently did a cooking demo at the Louisiana Book Festival featuring Greek yogurt. Shelly highlighted the health benefits of Greek yogurt during her cooking demo.
Farm to School Conference at LSU AgCenter
10/24/2017 (Baton Rouge, La.) – SUDIA staff members Stephanie Yow and Jen Duhon attended the Farm to School Conference sponsored by the Louisiana State University AgCenter in Baton Rouge. Over 200 attendees from the fields child nutrition, physical education and agriculture discussed strategies to get more local agriculture into Louisiana schools. SUDIA provided information on dairy nutrition and grant opportunities for schools. Kleinpeter Dairy, a local processor, was also on hand to provide delicious cold milk to attendees.
St. Tammany Healthy Schools Training
10/13/2017 (Slidell, La.) – The Louisiana Department of Health, Eat Move Grow, the Alliance for Healthier Generations and Fuel Up to Play 60 joined forces to provide a four-hour interactive educational training on school health and wellness for all elementary and middle schools in St. Tammany Parish School District. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon provided an in-depth training on FUTP 60 and a presentation on the benefits of dairy in school for both athletes and students. The training was hands-on and exercise techniques were incorporated during the training to give teachers ‘brain breaks.’
SUDIA celebrates $100,000 fitness center grant to Valverda Elementary
10/11/2017 (Maringouin, La.) – SUDIA was among several local and state agencies to celebrate Valverda Elementary School in Point Coupee Parish received a $100,000 fitness center grant from the National Governor’s Fitness Council. On Oct. 11, the school hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the center, which includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment for kids. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards attended the ceremony and spoke on the importance of sound nutrition and physical fitness for Louisiana’s children. Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Governors Fitness Council, was also on hand to congratulate Valverda Elementary on a job well done. Valverda Elementary is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown school that was awarded a $4,000 grant from SUDIA in 2016 to improve breakfast access and physical activity options.
World School Milk Day at St. Tammany Parish
9/27/2017 (Madisonville/Folsom, La.) – The St. Tammany Parish Public School System celebrated World School Milk Day (WSMD) throughout its school system on Sep. 27. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon and St. Tammany Parish child nutrition administrators visited Madisonville Junior High School as well as Folsom Junior High School to coordinate fun WSMD activities. Students participated milk relay races, milk chugging contests, and were able to learn about dairy nutrition and dairy farming practices in Louisiana. The cafeteria staff at both schools dressed as dairy cows and told dairy jokes as the students went through the serving line.
Dairy Advocate Shelly Redmond Promotes Dairy in Local Media Segment
9/22/2017 (Shreveport, La.) – Tailgating season has arrived! In order for us to cheer on our favorite teams, we first need to cheer our heart to victory. Culinary dietitian and author of Skinny Louisiana In The Kitchen, Shelly Marie Redmond stops by NBC 6 News Today to share some of her favorite recipes for tailgates. Full Segment
SUDIA, Governor Edwards celebrate state Breakfast Challenge
9/21/2017 (Baton Rouge, La.) – SUDIA, No Kid Hungry Louisiana, the Governors Bureau of Child Health, the Lousiana Department of Education, and several partnering agencies visited Wildwood Elementary in Baton Rouge to kick off the statewide Breakfast Challenge. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards spoke on the importance of breakfast and well-fed students for academic success. SUDIA is one of the agencies supporting the campaign, which seeks to improve and increase access to breakfast in schools. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service representative Eddie Longoria was on hand to congratulate Wildwood Elementary and other schools that have accepted the Breakfast Challenge. SUDIA staff members Jen Duhon and Stephanie Yow attended the celebration.
LSU AgCenter Teen Health Advocate Training
9/18/2017 (Woodworth, La.) – SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon participated in statewide Teen Health Advocate Training hosted by the Louisiana State University AgCenter’s Food and Fitness board. Teens from across the state were educated on Fuel Up to Play 60 and how to utilize FUTP 60 within their parishes. Students were also given a challenge to have at least one school in their parish utilize FUTP 60 as its signature health and wellness program.
Saints FUTP 60 Student/Farmer Game
9/17/2017 (New Orleans, La.) – Eleven active Fuel Up to Play 60 students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as eight Louisiana dairy farmers and their guests, were invited to the Fuel Up to 60/New Orleans Saints home game on Sep. 17. Students and farmers were able to interact and talk about what schools in Louisiana are doing to promote health, physical activity and dairy. Students and farmers received on-field passes to watch the New England Patriots and Saints warm up. Students also had the honor of participating in the Saints tunnel run at the start of the game. Louisiana dairy farmers also made check presentation to Louisiana schools.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff at Sicily Island High School
9/15/2017 (Sicily Island, La.) – SUDIA and Eat Move Grow, LLC hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff event at Sicily Island High School. About 400 students participated in a school pep rally where SUDIA presented the school with a $3,150 check to assist with Snack Smarter Schoolwide and Recess Refresh, FUTP 60 initiatives that help improve the nutrition and variety of à la carte school snack options and the conditions of school playgrounds, respectively. The school also received a $3,000 check from Eat Move Grow to assist with “The Walking Classroom,” a program that allows students to learn lessons while walking school grounds with the assistance of headphones and portable MP3 players. SUDIA staff member Donna Speed instructed students on how to use the FUTP 60 Dashboard and discussed FUTP 60 goals with school staff.
ReNEW Schools Health and Wellness Training
9/11/2017 (New Orleans, La.) – The Louisiana Healthy Schools Training Krewe, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and Fuel Up to Play 60 program provided health and wellness training for the ReNEW Charter School District in New Orleans. About 20 coaches and teachers from the district attended the hands-on learning experience to learn how to create healthier environments for their students. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon gave an in-depth training on FUTP 60 and how it can accomplish the health and wellness goals of most schools. Duhon also presented on dairy nutrition and the benefits of dairy foods in the diet of athletes and students.
Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff at J.C. Ellis Elementary School
8/25/2017 (Metairie, La.) – Fuel Up to Play 60 and SUDIA hosted a FUTP 60 back-to-school kickoff event for J.C. Ellis Elementary School in Metairie, La. (Jefferson Parish). During the kickoff, Louisiana FUTP 60 Program Advisor Kenny Marks met with SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon to discuss statewide goals for the program.
Livingston/St. Helena Parish Smoothie Training
8/8/2017 (Livingston, La.) – Smoothie training and taste testing was conducted for school nutrition managers in two Louisiana parishes awarded equipment to start Smooth and Smart smoothie programs at the junior and senior high school levels. SUDIA staff member Donna Speed presented on the need for dairy during the teen years and how to market smoothies to teens.
St. John the Baptist Parish Smoothie Training
8/3/2017 (Reserve, La.) – SUDIA provided smoothie training and taste testing for school nutrition managers in St. John the Baptist Parish, which was awarded equipment to start Smooth and Smart smoothie programs in their schools. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon presented on the need for dairy during the teen years and how to market smoothies to teens.
Grant Parish District Meeting for all school staff
8/2/2017 (Dry Prong, La.) – SUDIA staff member Donna Speed attended the parish-wide school staff meeting and presented info on healthy eating and how to include dairy daily in meals and snacks. SUDIA provided a table display with handouts and samples of yogurt parfaits, and school staff members were able to register as Fuel Up to Play 60 advisors. The presentation encouraged schools to add smoothies as an option in their school meals.
SUDIA and GENYOUth Louisiana 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 Louisiana schools. In their latest impact report, SUDIA and GENYOUth demonstrate how dairy dollars go to work for the children of Louisiana.
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.
Louisiana Dairy Innovation Seminar
7/20/2017 (Franklinton, La.) – The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Nutrition and Food Science and the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator hosted a Dairy Innovation Seminar for Louisiana dairy farmers. Louise Wicker, head of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at LSU, discussed the new frontier of dairy products; dairy processor Mike Brian spoke about his farm; AgCenter Food Incubator Coordinator Gaye Sandoz explained what it means to be a ‘tenant’ of the incubator; and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain addressed dairy farming issues in Louisiana. SUDIA staffers members Jen Duhon and Stephanie Yow provided attendees with a SUDIA update.
Photo: From left, SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Comissioner Mike Strain, and SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon.