North Carolina

Carolina Panthers Dairy Appreciation Game

11/4/2018 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Dairy families from both Carolinas and Virginia made their way to Bank of America stadium to be our honored guests at the 2018 Dairy Appreciation Carolina Panthers game. Virginia’s Fuel Up To Play 60 Student Ambassador, Nicholas Liberatore, led pre-game physical activity and nutrition challenges at the farmer sponsored Fuel Up To Play 60 Combine in Bearden Park. PET Dairy was on hand with free TruMoo milk for park goers. As farm families enjoyed a tailgate luncheon they heard from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sports registered dietitians, trained as dairy advocates in 2018. Our new advocates expressed their appreciation for our farm families and how valuable the dairy trainings have been when promoting healthy nutrition to 10,000 student-athletes that call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools home.

Donna Martin on Coffee with America

10/15/2018 (Raleigh, N.C.) – 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.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools awarded Hometown Grant

10/9/2018 (Charlotte, N.C.) – On behalf of the National Football League and dairy farm families of North Carolina, the Carolina Panthers and The Dairy Alliance presented Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with a $10,000 Hometown Grant. The Hometown Grant will assist Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in making improvements to in-school nutrition and physical activities. Robin Lyles, Assistant Principal for Lebanon Road Elementary said, “We’re very grateful for the resources from Fuel Up to Play 60 to make healthier eating and the right amount of activity a reality for our students.” In spring of 2018, Fuel Up to Play 60 students led Panthers player, Graham Gano and North Carolina dairy farmer, Roddy Purser, on a tour of their school garden and shared a school lunch with the pair. Prior to the garden tour, Fuel Up to Play 60 students and Gano visited Purser’s dairy farm in Peachland, North Carolina to learn what it takes to produce milk. Since the program began in 2009, the dairy farm families in the Carolinas have invested over $1 million dollars to support Fuel Up to Play 60 in their schools. “This is a special relationship we have with the students through Fuel Up to Play 60. They are doing great work at Lebanon Road Elementary to get kids proper nutrition and physical activity” said Roddy Purser. “We’re proud to do our part providing milk to drink and encouraging kids to make healthy choices for their life” added Purser.

The Dairy Alliance featured on Fox 8 News morning news

10/2/2018 (Greensboro, N.C.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Laura Buxenbaum appeared as a guest on the Fox 8 Morning News Mommy Matters segment to discuss how families can Eat Together, Eat Better with Real Dairy. She provided three tips including planning, prepping and packing the pantry to help make mealtime easier. Laura encouraged families to enjoy milk with meals to ensure they are receiving three of the four nutrients Americans are missing in their diet: calcium, potassium and vitamin D. Laura also talked about how to get picky eaters to try new foods and eat healthier. Watch the full segment here.

Iredell-Statesville Schools Back to School Training with School Nutrition Managers

8/16/2018 (Statesville, N.C.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Cami Lewis provided a fun and interactive Strive for 35 training for school nutrition managers of Iredell-Statesville Schools. Attendees learned the nutritional benefits of dairy and the importance of keeping milk icy cold, the way students like it best. Cami also prepared samples of the Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats, made with yogurt and milk, for staff to try.  After trying the recipe, the school nutrition managers were eager to get this recipe into their schools.

Mt. Airy City Schools Receives Milk Crate Cooler Bags

7/2/2018 (Mt. Airy, N.C.) – The Dairy Alliance recently provided Milk Crate Cooler Bags to Mt. Airy City Schools Summer Nutrition Program.  They serve over 24 sites, including schools, neighborhoods, summer camps and day care providers during summer months. The Dairy Alliance cooler bags are utilized daily to transport milk for over 170 breakfast, 525 lunch and 240 snacks served each day.  Many community partners and volunteers, including Lowe’s Home Improvements, Mt. Airy Police Department, Parks and Recreation and even students, have committed time to package and transport meals and snacks to students during the summer months.  The 2018 Summer Meals Program is fueling this community more than ever before.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture Tour

6/13/2018 (Lincolnton, N.C.) – Food bloggers and consumer science teachers participated in a two and a half day interactive tour of agriculture in the Piedmont region. The tour began with a visit to Piedmont Jerseys Dairy farm, owned and operated by the Lutz Family.  Participants then visited Milkco, to gain a better understanding of milk processing and how milk gets from the Dairy Farm to the table. The night ended with a Dairy Good dinner including make-your-own pizzas and ice cream. Other stops on the tour included a flour mill and Lucus Richard Farm, where corn, wheat, and soybeans are grown. This tour helped food blogger and teachers be able to address issues and concerns around food production and agricultural practices. After attending the tour, they can speak with knowledge and confidence on these topics and dispel the many myths surrounding the food supply.

Sports Dietitians Prepare for Bone-Gevity with Dairy Advocate Training

4/24/2018 (Atlanta, G.A.) – In anticipation of May’s Bone Health Month, The Dairy Alliance kicked off our Bone-Gevity: Bones Built to Last campaign by hosting 12 of the most elite Sports Dietitians from professional, collegiate school teams from across our region. North Carolina had great representation from Jennifer Brunelli, Sports RD to the Carolina Panthers, Jen Ketterly, Private Practice Sports RD and consultant with the NBA G Leagues, Kate Ruley, Sports Nutrition Director from Wake Forest University, Diana Nguyen, North Carolina State Sports Nutrition Director and Paul Moore, professor with Appalachian State University. They learned from bone health expert Dr. Beth Kitchins and completed an in-depth media training with nationally-recognized trainer Teri Goudie. The attendees also learned about prop styling, as well as social media best practices. Many of the attendees will be appearing on television stations throughout the month to speak about the importance of dairy in the diet for bone health throughout a lifetime.

Carolina Panthers kicker and dairy farmer visit Fuel Up to Play 60 students

3/2/2018 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Carolina Panthers kicker and Fuel Up To Play 60 ambassador Graham Gano and dairy farmer Roddy Purser made a payback visit to Lebanon Road Elementary School Fuel Up to Play 60 students. During lunch, Gano and Purser spoke to students about the importance of eating breakfast, drinking milk and eating yogurt and cheese daily. They also hosted a Twitter chat discussing dairy’s benefits and positive role in bone health. Full Story

Fuel Up to Play 60 Farm Tour

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina12/12/2017 (Peachland, N.C.) – Fuel Up To Play 60 students from Lebanon Road Elementary School traveled to White Rock Farms for a tour of the dairy and lunch with Carolina Panthers kicker and Fuel Up To Play 60 ambassador Graham Gano. Dairy farmer Roddy Purser explained the milking carousel, milk safety, cow care and comfort to the students. The group was treated to hot chocolate and lunch from a local farm-to-table restaurant, which included grilled cheese, soup, and milk with cookies. Over lunch, alliance staff member Mickela Mitchell explained how cow rations contribute to the awesome nutrition in milk. Gano thanked dairy farmers for being the force behind the Fuel Up To Play 60 program and spoke to students about eating breakfast, drinking chocolate milk, and eating yogurt and cheese daily.

Troutman Elementary School kicks off Fuel Up to Play 60 with South Iredell football team

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina11/21/2017 (Troutman, N.C.) – Coach Scott Miller of South Iredell High School’s football team and three of his star players led Troutman Elementary School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff festivities. More than 750 students participated in nutrition education games and physical activities led by the football players and the 2017-2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 leadership team at Troutman Elementary. The Dairy Alliance’s Cami Lewis explained the importance of getting three servings of dairy every day and Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Donette Clendenin encouraged all the students to get active and join the program. Video




Burke County Schools Expanding Breakfast Grants Show Positive Results in Milk Consumption

The Dairy Alliance - North Carolina11/10/2017 (Morganton, N.C.) – School districts across North Carolina have utilized funds and equipment grants from The Dairy Alliance to implement programs, which are having a huge impact on milk and yogurt consumption, as well as school breakfast participation. In 2016, alliance staff member Cami Lewis assisted Burke County Schools with Grab N’ Go Breakfast grants, which provided milk crate cooler bags and transit carts to five county schools. Data collected before and after the changes in breakfast service revealed an overall 4 percent increase in milk sales. The five schools consumed 10,388 more pounds of milk in 2016-2017 than the previous school year!


Student Blog: Easton Shares More About The Domino’s Transformation Experience

Southeast Dairy Association - Dominos Transformation Experience11/8/2017 (North Carolina) – We’re thrilled to share a blog post from one of our brave entrepreneurs, Easton of East Wilkes High School in North Carolina. Easton gave us a glimpse into the unforgettable Domino’s Transformation Experience, where ten students from around the country received a one-of-a-kind three-day experience at the Domino’s Headquarters after applying online at Full Story




Southeast students win Domino’s Transformation Experience grants

Southeast Dairy Association - Dominos Transformation Experience10/16-18/2017 (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


Independent Tribune: Dairy group donates milk delivery totes to Rowan Meals on Wheels

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina10/16/2017 (Spencer, N.C.) -The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) recently donated customized, insulated, milk delivery totes to Meals on Wheels of Rowan. Full Story





SUDIA/PepsiCo celebrate breakfast improvements at Lexington Middle School

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina10/9/2017 (Lexington, N.C.) – New Bern, North Carolina-founded food and beverage giant PepsiCo and SUDIA hosted a Grab ‘N Go Breakfast Celebration for Lexington Middle School on Oct. 9. The celebration officially launched school breakfast solutions provided through PepsiCo’s “Ready, Step, Move… Give!” challenge, which links employee physical exercise to charitable giving. PepsiCo recently awarded Lexington Middle School a Fuel Up to Play 60 breakfast kiosk and point-of-sale equipment to help increase access to school breakfast. In only two weeks of operation, the school has increased breakfast participation by 30-50 additional meals per day.

World School Milk Day at Saddler Elementary

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/27/2017 (Gastonia, N.C.) – Sadler Elementary School and Gaston County School Nutrition Services hosted “Farmer’s Day” in conjunction with World School Milk Day on Sep. 27. Following a week of promotions, students and staff dressed up in their favorite farming gear, straw hats, and overalls. Classes assembled to learn about the important nutrients in milk and meet local dairy farmer, Cameron Eaker. He shared his experiences growing up on the farm and answered questions from students and teachers. Students also had a chance to meet two-day old calf, Saddler (named after the school). Both Principal James Ramere and Superintendent W. Jeff Booker sent thanks to the school staff, nutrition services team and SUDIA for providing a wonderful experience for the students.


Local FUTP 60 Student Ambassador chosen to assist Panthers

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/24/2017 (Charlotte, N.C.) – Keep Pounding has become a Carolina Panthers mantra reminding the team about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Fuel Up To Play 60 student ambassador Maliyah Morrison submitted an essay to the team describing how her experiences with Troutman Elementary’s FUTP 60 Leadership Team, along with her love of the Carolina Panther’s mantra, helped her stay healthy and strong when faced with life’s challenges. For her essay, the Panther’s chose her as the Play 60 Game Keep Pounding drummer during its Sep. 24 home game against the New Orleans Saints.


Carolina Panthers Play 60 Game and Tunnel Run

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina9/24/2017 (Charlotte, N.C.) – In celebration of NFL Play 60’s 10th anniversary – and in an effort to continue encouraging children across our region to stay active and healthy – the Carolina Panthers teamed up with SUDIA and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to host the annual Play 60 Tunnel Run. Thirty-two FUTP 60 students and five FUTP 60 program advisors from four North and South Carolina schools participated in the Tunnel Run as well as pre-game activities at the Kids Combine where they encouraged game-goers to fuel up with ice cold chocolate milk and stay active.



SUDIA Featured in OutreachNC Magazine

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina

9/2017 (North Carolina) – SUDIA Assistant Director of Nutrition Affairs Laura Buxenbaum’s article, “Five Reasons to Add Yogurt to Your Diet,” was featured in the September edition of OutreachNC Magazine. See the full article here (scroll to page 22). Full Story





Healthy back-to-school breakfasts (Fox 8 SUDIA feature)

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/31/2017 (High Point, N.C.) – Kids are heading back to school and in need of easy-to-make healthy snacks. Laura Buxenbaum, assistant director of Nutrition Affairs at Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, shares two easy meal ideas for parents. Full Story



“Re-think Your Drink” at Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/24/2017 (Landis, N.C.) – Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ back-to-school training for school nutrition employees included a food show and exhibits with more than 20 vendors and sponsors. SUDIA staff member Cami Lewis led participants through the “Re-think Your Drink” activity showing the amount of added sugar in popular beverages compared to milk. The display helped school nutrition managers see how both flavored and white milk are excellent choices for nutrition, packed with essential nutrients needed to grow healthy bones and bodies.



Strive for 35˚ Training

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/22/2017 (Washington, N.C.) – SUDIA staff member Roseann Liberatore held a Strive for 35˚ back-to-school training for school nutrition managers and administrators in Beaufort County Public Schools. Strive for 35˚ training provides resources, training, and tools to help school cafeteria managers maintain milk and other dairy products at ideal serving temperatures.



SUDIA Featured in Triad Moms on Main Blog

Southeast Dairy Association - North Carolina8/22/2017 (Greater Greensboro, N.C.) – SUDIA Assistant Director of Nutrition Affairs Laura Buxenbaum was recently featured in the Triad Moms on Main Blog, which serves moms in the Winston, Greensboro and High Point areas with helpful parenting advice. Check out her blog entry, “Seventeen Ideas For Healthy Eating This School Year.”

Fresh from the Farm to McDonald’s

Courtesy of The Caswell Messenger

8/10/2017 (Blanch, N.C.) – The next time you enjoy a tasty ice cream cone, frappe, milkshake or sundae from McDonald’s you may be happy to know that the fresh cream used to make the delectable treat quite possibly came from a local farm in Blanch, NC. Full Story




Bone-gevity Campaign Summary and Media Round-Up

Southeast Dairy Association - Bone-gevity7/28/2017 – 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.



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.