Alabama

Southeast states represented at Fuel Up to Play 60 student summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador SummitJuly 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.

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

Health benefits of dairy presented to Alabama pediatricians

5/4-5/7, 2017 (Destin, Fla.) – SUDIA was a sponsor of the Alabama Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) spring meeting in Destin, Fla. and hosted speaker Dr. Robert Murray, a professor at Ohio State University. He spoke about the connection between the nutrients in milk and brain development. There was also a cooking demonstration with dairy advocate and chef Rebecca Gordon of Buttermilk Lipstick. Gordon demonstrated a savory sundried tomato and rosemary cheesecake, with the help of Dr. Cathy Wood, president of AL-AAP.

Photo: AL-AAP president Cathy Wood and Dr. Robert Murray share the health benefits of dairy with pediatricians at the spring meeting in Destin, Fla.

Dairy promoted at Indian Springs Elementary School

4/28/2017 (Sylacauga, Ala.) – Indian Springs Elementary School in Sylacauga, Ala. celebrated “Every Kid Healthy Day.” The school was awarded an Action for Healthy Kids grant and staffer Jana Miller was there to join the fun and promote dairy smoothies. More than 500 students sampled delicious smoothie recipes, which were a hit with the students as well as the adults.

Photo: Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill celebrates dairy with the children of Indian Springs Elementary School in Sylacauga, Ala.

Dairy highlighted at Saints Junior Training Camp

4/26/2017 (Irvington, Ala.) – SUDIA staffer Cathi de Veer participated in the New Orleans Saints Junior Training Camp at Dixon Elementary School in Irvington, Ala. Saints mascot Gumbo spent time with the fourth and fifth graders as they learned about healthy eating and ways to get three servings of dairy every day. The students were also encouraged to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day and participated in 60 minutes of drills before the cheese snack break.

Photo: Students from Dixon Elementary School, Gumbo and staffer Cathi de Veer (right) participate in the Saints Junior Training Camp in Irvington.

Dairy in the media

4/2017 – During April, dairy made a splash in newspapers, magazines and on television. Staffer Laura Marbury provided dairy recipes for two newspapers—Decatur Daily and the Florence Times—and provided tips for kids in the kitchen. Mary Martin Nordness wrote an article about dairy foods and bone health for Potential, a Montgomery-based magazine for parents and students with a circulation of over 50,000. On April 12, Nordness was interviewed on WBRC FOX 6 Good Day Alabama about preventing the symptoms of seasonal allergies with dairy foods.