The Dairy Alliance on MPB

10/29/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Donna Speed was a guest on MPB, a statewide radio station in Mississippi, during their Southern Remedies program. This weekly one-hour live show has a ‘Fit and Healthy’ segment hosted by Dr. Josie Bidwell, one of The Dairy Alliance’s dairy advocates. Donna shared information about The Dairy Alliance’s Eat Together, Eat Better with Real Dairy Campaign. She stressed the importance of eating together as a family and highlighted the health benefits of real dairy foods. At the end of the segment, Donna pointed listeners to thedairyalliance.com to learn more about eating together and eating better.

Donna Martin on Coffee with America

10/15/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – 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.

Rebecca Turner Shares Recipes on WLBT

10/3/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – Dairy advocate, Rebecca Turner, appeared on WLBT’s Wellness Wednesday to discuss The Dairy Alliance’s campaign, Eat Together, Eat Better. Rebecca informed viewers about the health benefits children receive from eating with their families. She also showcased the Mediterranean Shrimp and discussed the essential nutrients found in milk. To end the segment, Rebecca directed viewers to thedairyalliance.com for more recipes and tricks for eating together and eating better. See the full story here.

New Orleans Saints Fuel Up to Play 60 Recognition Game

9/9/2018 (New Orleans, La.) – Students and Fuel Up to Play 60 advisors from Louisiana and Mississippi attended the New Orleans Saints football game in New Orleans as guests on the field and to watch the Saints practice and the running in of the players. Dairy farmers and their spouses from both states also attended the game. A Fuel Up to Play 60 program check was presented on the large screen with the Dairy Farmers, the Louisiana Fuel Up to Play 60 state ambassador and his advisor. Each student and farmer received a stadium bag and gift card. 

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.

What Dairy Foods Can I Eat If I’m Lactose Intolerant?

6/21/2018 (MSU Extension) – MSU Extension Agent and Dairy Advocate, Natasha Haynes, wrote a blog on Lactose Intolerance. In her blog, she highlights which dairy foods would be appropriate for those who are lactose intolerant. She also shares the link to our website for more information on Lactose Intolerance. Full Story

A Culinary Revival: Food Meets Health

4/27/2018 (Biloxi, Miss.) On Friday, April 27th, The Dairy Alliance hosted “A Culinary Revival: Food Meets Health” dinner and nutrition presentation at the White Pillars restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Over 70 doctors attended the event that was a part of the National Medical Association annual meeting. The dinner highlighted foods that fit into the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and Mediterranean diets, while showcasing foods from Mississippi, including a selection of cheese from Country Girl’s Creamery.  LaShaundrea Crook, MS, RD, presented on the benefits of the DASH and Mediterranean diets and how dairy foods play an important role in both eating patterns.

UMMC experts weigh in on popular ‘common sense’ eating plan

3/2/2018 (UMMC) – The DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, diet is touted by health experts as most effective when it’s combined with eating less sodium. Translation: Don’t just eat a healthy diet, but look for ways to cut your salt intake.

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has ranked DASH as “best overall diet” of nearly 40 it reviewed. DASH was developed by the National Institutes for Health and it has the potential to lower blood pressure as well or better than medications do. Full Story 

Smoothie Taste Testing at Madison Elementary

The Dairy Alliance - Mississippi12/13/2017 (Madison, Miss.) – Madison Station Elementary held a smoothie tasting event and lecture on dairy, made possible through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant from The Dairy Alliance. Students enjoyed trying three types of smoothies chosen and prepared by Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors. More than 600 students were in attendance.




Healthy Holiday Recipe Demo on WLBT Midday Mississippi

12/6/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – Dairy advocate, registered dietitian, and radio personality Rebecca Turner was recently on WLBT Midday Mississippi to demo a healthy holiday dessert recipe developed by The Dairy Alliance. During her segment, Turner informs viewers how to keep their calories in check throughout the holidays. She also highlights the star ingredient of the recipe, Greek yogurt. The recipe was also featured on the SuperTalk Mississippi blog.

PE Teacher Recognized for Fuel Up to Play 60 contributions

The Dairy Alliance - Mississippi11/17/2017 (Madison, Miss.) – Kathy Shows, Fuel Up to Play 60 lead advisor for Madison Station Elementary, was awarded Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year during the recent Mississippi Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) conference in Cleveland, Miss. Alliance staff member Donna Speed congratulated Shows for receiving the award during an assembly for students.



Breakfast on the Farm with MSU Extension Dairy

The Dairy Alliance - Mississippi11/3-4/2017 (Biloxi, Miss.) – The Mississippi School Nutrition Association held their annual conference Nov. 2-5 in Biloxi, Miss. The Dairy Alliance participated by having a booth, distributing posters and educational handouts, and visiting with child nutrition directors and managers to discuss the importance of dairy and breakfast. The Dairy Alliance also shared information about grant opportunities for schools to purchase breakfast and physical education equipment. More than 700 people attended the annual conference.


Breakfast on the Farm with MSU Extension Dairy

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi11/1/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – Alliance staff member Stephanie Yow, recently wrote an article about staying healthy through the holidays for Parents & Kids Magazine of Central Mississippi. In the article, Yow promotes dairy and the essential nutrients found in milk. You can find her article in the November issue. Check out the full article here.


Breakfast on the Farm with MSU Extension Dairy

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/27-28/2017 (Starkville, Miss.) – SUDIA co-sponsored the first Breakfast on the Farm at the Mississippi State University Bearden Dairy Research Center in Starkville, Miss. The event was open to school groups on 10/27 and then to the public on 10/28. Participants took part in a variety of activities, including a hayride, a haunted parlor, a baby calf petting area, face painting, a dairy-fueled breakfast and ice cream afterward provided by Prairie Farms Dairy. SUDIA sponsored an information table with dairy information and the event was covered by the Starkville Daily News.

Spann Elementary receives Fuel Up to Play 60 grant

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/19/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – SUDIA staff member Donna Speed presented a $2,650 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to Spann Elementary School during a recent parent/teacher organization (PTO) meeting. The check was presented to school principal Nikki Menotti and school counselor/FUTP 60 advisor Katie Dundurand. During the meeting, parents and students participated in making fruit and yogurt sundaes, which will be added to the selection of healthy snacks for the school’s after-school programs.



Hinds County Healthy Schools Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/11/2017 (Byram, Miss.) – Allliance for Healthier Generation hosted a quarterly, day-long training with teachers, physical education instructors, coaches and other staff serving Hinds County Schools. SUDIA was invited to participate and discuss Fuel Up to Play 60, grant opportunities, and available resources. SUDIA also presented on the importance of breakfast and made smoothies for everyone to have during an activity.




Nutrition Tips for the Student Athlete

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/3/2017 – SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow recently wrote an article for Parents & Kids Magazine of Central Mississippi on the importance of nutrition for student athletes. Yow includes in her article why dairy is an important part of any student athlete’s diet. Check out the full article here.


“Numbers You Should Know” – WCBI segment

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/29/2017 (Columbus, Miss.) – Stephanie Yow was recently on WCBI Sunrise in Columbus educating viewers on “Numbers You Should Know” about health. See Video



World School Milk Day Celebration at Pearl River elementary schools

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/27/2017 (Carriere, Miss.) – SUDIA hosted World School Milk Day events at Pearl River Lower and Upper Elementary Schools with April Harris, a dairy farmer from GloMo Dairy in Poplarville, Miss. and her cow, Andie. All 1500+ students and staff from both schools were able to interact with a dairy farmer and pet Andie the cow. District Child Nutrition Director Sheila Amacker passed out activity books provided by SUDIA and students colored them and they hung them in the cafeteria for viewing. The principals of each school had a “milk off” where each had one minute to milk Andie and see who could produce the most milk. It was a tie and each walked away with a prize inflatable cow. Each student walked away with either a pencil, cow stress ball or ‘Fuel Up with Dairy’ awareness bracelet. Breakfast that day included yogurt parfaits (they serve almost 700 students breakfast each day in the cafeteria) and lunch had a very cheesy chicken spaghetti and ice cream in addition to cold milk at every meal!

FUTP 60 kickoff at Madison Station Elementary

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/14/2017 (Madison, Miss.) – SUDIA hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff celebration at Madison Station Elementary School for nearly 600 students. During the celebration, SUDIA presented the school with a $3,770 FUTP 60 grant. All fourth and fifth grade students participated in a dance and physical activity and students were chosen from each homeroom to become student representatives for FUTP 60.


FUTP 60 check presentation to Wilkinson County School District

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/13/2017 (Woodville, Miss.) – SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 presented a grant for $7,687 to four Wilkinson County Schools. The check was presented to Dr. Kimberly Jackson (school district superintendent), JoNet Lollis (district nurse) and Angela Perry (child nutrition director) before the entire Wilkinson County school board. The funds will be used to enhance breakfast programs and make other improvements.


Sweetest Chefs of the South

Southeast Dairy Association - Sweetest Chefs9/11/2017 (Ridgeland, Miss.) – SUDIA, in partnership with Eat Y’all, co-sponsored the annual Sweetest Chefs of the South event. Held in Ridgeland, the competition features pastry chefs from all over the South. Chefs were able to showcase their talent and guests were able to enjoy their hard work. This year, many of the desserts had a dairy component. Event Website 




Newspaper Article on North MS Dairyman, Billy Ray Brown

Courtesy of The Oxford Eagle

7/30/2017 – The Oxford Eagle recently published an article on North Mississipi dairyman, Billy Ray Brown and his dairy farm, Brown Family Dairy. The article highlights the hard work, love, and dedication that goes into dairy farming. Full Story




SUDIA and GENYOUth Mississippi Impact Report 2017

Southeast Dairy Association - GENYOUth

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 Mississippi schools. In their latest impact report, SUDIA and GENYOUth demonstrate how dairy dollars go to work for the children of Mississippi.

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.

Fitness Fest

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi7/15/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – “Fitness Fest” was held on Saturday, July 15, in Jackson, Miss. This event was designed to get families moving and show them how easy and fun it can be to be healthy. By the time a family completed the event, they walked a mile and engaged in approximately 30 minutes of aerobic activity. SUDIA staff members Donna Speed and Stephanie Yow hosted a booth with dairy nutrition information, dairy recipes, cow masks, string cheese samples, and more.



Rankin County Breakfast Programs Highlighted in Local Newspapers

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi7/12/2017 (Brandon, Miss.) –The Rankin County News ran an article highlighting the positive impact that Grab ‘N Go Breakfast programs have had on their students. A total of three schools in the Rankin County School District started a Grab ‘N Go Breakfast program during the 2016-17 school year. This was thanks to the efforts of SUDIA staff member Donna Speed. Brandon Elementary received a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to implement Grab ‘N Go Breakfast. There are plans to expand the breakfast program throughout the district in the 2017-18 school year. Full Story on Page 3