Fayette County National School Lunch Week Celebration with Freddie Falcon

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia10/10/2017 (Fayetteville, Ga.) – SUDIA celebrated National School Lunch Week with Fayette County High School, the winners of Fayette County School System’s recent district-wide smoothie competition. During the month of September, Fayette County held a contest to see which school among all district schools could sell the most yogurt parfaits and blender-less smoothies (made with yogurt). For selling the most, Fayette County High School got an official visit from Freddie Falcon, mascot for the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to yogurt, Fayette County High School also saw a huge spike in milk sold during the month of September. During this September, the school sold 7,990 units of milk compared to 4,252 units sold last September 2016, an 88 percent increase in sales.


SUDIA hosts 4th annual Cheese Symposium

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia10/9-10/11, 2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – For the fourth year in a row, SUDIA gathered restauranteurs, chefs, dairy experts and food scientists for its annual Cheese Symposium. Over the course of three days, restaurant leaders from around the country learned about the history of cheese, the latest industry research, and the newest restaurant and cheese trends. In addition to learning from a knowledgeable cheese historian, as well as a noted food scientist from North Carolina State University’s Food Science Department, participants heard the latest restaurant trends from “Top Chef” judge and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. Symposium participants had the chance to learn how to make their own mozzarella cheese, visit Glo-Crest Dairy in Clermont, Ga., tour Atlanta-based Focus Brands headquarters, and see many of Atlanta’s newest attractions, including Ponce City Market and Topgolf.

Fulton County district-wide food safety training

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia10/6/2017 (Roswell/Atlanta, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page presented to all Fulton County child nutrition staff on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) protocols related to storing and serving dairy foods. The presentation was given at two locations: Centennial High School in Roswell and Banneker High School in Atlanta. During the presentation, Page gave an overview of Strive for 35˚, SUDIA’s educational program for school nutrition managers to assist them in keeping dairy foods at the optimal serving temperature of 35˚F.


Wayne County Dairy Days

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia10/5-10/6, 2017 (Screven, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson celebrated Dairy Days with the Wayne County School Nutrition department at Noland Farms in Screven, Ga. Approximately 450 third-grade students and their teachers visited SUDIA’s dairy booth in 25-minute sessions. Students learned about life on a dairy farm and the importance of dairy in a balanced diet. SUDIA set up a dairy nutrition information display as well as an interactive cow milking simulation. Teachers received dairy education material packets and incentives were provided to each classroom. Students had an opportunity to visit booths set up by local farms, enjoy games and crafts, and take a hayride through Noland Farms.


SUDIA receives All-Star Award at 2017 Healthy Georgia Awards

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia10/3/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Healthy Kids Georgia, the Georgia SHAPE program and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recognized the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) with the prestigious All-Star Award during the 2017 Healthy Georgia Awards. The presentation and ceremony took place on Oct. 3 at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. SUDIA was among nine Georgia organizations recognized for their successful efforts in childhood health and wellness. Full Story




World School Milk Day Celebration at May Howard Elementary School

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/27/2017 (Savannah, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson celebrated World School Milk Day at May Howard Elementary School in Chatham County. Approximately 400 students were welcomed by a special dairy cow mascot during the lunchtime service. Cafeteria staff were adorned in cow spot bandanas and the lunchroom was decorated with festive dairy decorations. Honored Flying High Hawks–students recognized monthly for leadership–were given the opportunity to sport a real milk mustache and have a photo with the cow mascot. Dairy educational packets were provided to each classroom teacher as well as incentives for the students choosing milk on their trays. In addition, Wilkinson presented the “Building Blocks of Dairy” and “Be Smart Drink Smart” presentation to the fifth-grade classes in an interactive afternoon session.



Southeast/Falcons honor school system with $10,000 health and wellness grant

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/26/2017 (Gainesville, Ga.) – As part of efforts to improve youth health and wellness, SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons hosted a Hometown Grant Celebration at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville, Ga. During the celebration, SUDIA and the Atlanta Falcons provided Gainesville City School System with a $10,000 Hometown Grant to support healthy eating and physical education improvements. Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher led the celebration, hosting exercise and active football drills for New Holland students with the assistance of Falcons and SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 staff. Full Story

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Appling County District Wellness Meeting

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/19/2017 (Baxley, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson presented “Fuel Up First with Breakfast: Healthy Students Are Better Students” to Appling County School District health and wellness officials during a meeting in Baxley, Ga. All five Appling County schools were represented, with school nutrition officials, physical education teachers, classroom teachers, community members and district leads present. Expanding breakfast participation and eating healthy is a top priority in Appling County for the 2017-18 school year. Wilkinson also provided breakfast resources and Fuel Up to Play 60 grant information.


Fuel Up to Play 60/Georgia DECA community service leadership project

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/8/2017 (Hoschton, Ga.) – Georgia DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and SUDIA/FUTP 60 partnered to conduct a community service leadership project at Mill Creek High School during its Blackout Football game. High school students in Georgia DECA chapter groups choose a healthy eating and physical activity play and taught elementary school students how to eat healthy and get active. During the event, Georgia DECA student president, officers and students presented information about FUTP 60 and hosted fun physical activities and games. MVP player Chuck Smith and Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon mascot also attended the event, interacting with the students and bringing crowds to the booth.


Whitesburg Elementary receives Freddie Falcon Playbook Assembly

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/8/2017 (Whitesburg, Ga.) – Whitesburg Elementary celebrated recent Fuel Up to Play 60 achievements with Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon. The school was awarded a special visit from the Falcons mascot for reaching Touchdown status on the FUTP 60 website. Whitesburg Elementary also received Fuel Up to Play 60 funding during the June 2017 period to incorporate yogurt parfaits on their serving lines. They also used funds to help purchase an electronic scoreboard for the gym.



Tapp Middle School FUTP 60 Student Sign-Up

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia9/7/2017 (Powder Springs, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page signed up eighth-grade students at Tapp Middle School in Powder Springs for the Fuel Up to Play 60 website on Sep. 7. Georgia student FUTP 60 ambassador Adiah Blackmon spoke to students about how to navigate the student dashboard and to accumulate points. She also talked about her experiences as an ambassador. FUTP 60 program advisors were also present and shared pictures, experiences and helped students to navigate the website.


Georgia SHAPE Healthy Schools Summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/28-8/29, 2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – Georgia SHAPE hosted their Healthy School Summit at Georgia State University for 26 grant schools across GA. SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 was among the state team of partners that assisted with the summit and provided technical assistance to the grantee schools. During the event, SUDIA exhibited FUTP 60 resources and provided Freddie ‘Farm to School’ posters to all schools. Other partners included HealthMPowers, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Organics, Georgia Grown and the Georgia Department of Education.


Falcons Rise Up! 159 Flag Football Launch Event

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/25/2017 (Atlanta, Ga.) – The Falcons and Arthur Blank’s Rise Up! 159 Flag Football Initiative is a state-wide effort to place a flag kit in all 159 GA school districts. The launch event was held at John Lewis Invictus Academy in Atlanta. During the event, a SHAPE America trainer gave instruction to physical education teachers from 80 of the 159 counties in Georgia. Rich McKay, president & CEO of the Falcons announced a new grant opportunity for schools to apply for up to $10,000 to start a flag league. Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D. spoke and read Governor Deal’s proclamation for Flag Football Week.



Kelley Lake Elementary Freddie the Falcon Playbook Assembly

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/24/2017 (Decatur, Ga.) – Kelley Lake Elementary School in Decatur, Ga. recently celebrated becoming a Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown school with a Freddie’s Playbook for Fitness assembly. Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon walked students through the official Fuel Up to Play 60 playbook for success and taught kids the finer points of eating right and exercising regularly, injecting humor along the way. Kelly Lake Elementary was a FUTP 60 grant recipient last year.



Georgia OB/Gyn Society Meeting

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/23-8/26, 2017 (Amelia Island, Ga.) – Lanier Dabruzzi attended the Georgia OB/Gyn society meeting and share the importance of dairy for fertility, breastfeeding and bone health, during pregnancy, and throughout a woman’s lifespan. There were 146 physicians in attendance.





Smoothie Immersion Blender Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/16/2017 (Calhoun, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page completed a smoothie demonstration at Calhoun High School using the school’s immersion blender, which was recently awarded to them through a SUDIA grant. Schoo staff received information on how to assemble the blender, take it apart, start, blend and pulse churn. Cafeteria staff members were also given best practices for serving smoothies, as well as smoothie recipes. The school decided to put smoothies back on the menu since larger batches can be made and smoothies are counted as reimbursable.




Newton County District-Wide ‘PE Party’

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/12/2017 (Covington, Ga.) -Newton County High School hosted a district-wide Physical Education (PE) Party” for all 20,000 students in the district. Students, parents and community stakeholders attended the health and wellness event. SUDIA staff member Sharon Rhodes exhibited Fuel Up to Play 60 and conducted a nutrition activity with a chance to win prizes.  Atlanta Falcon’s Freddie Falcon mascot was also present.



Let’s Move Henry Expo

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/5/2017 (Stockbridge, Ga.) – Keeping it Moving for Kids Inc. (K.I.M.4 KIDS), in partnership with the Georgia School Nutrition Association, hosted the annual Let’s Move Henry Expo on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jimmie Lee Smith Community Center in Stockbridge. Children received back to school supplies in exchange for participating in fitness activities and nutrition education games. SUDIA staff set up a Fuel Up to Play 60 booth at the expo and students had an opportunity to spin a wheel to answer nutrition-related questions or perform a physical activity.



Polk County Back to School Presentation

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia8/4/2017 (Cedartown, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page participated in Polk County Back to School employee training. Page conducted a smoothie station and presented on dairy promotions and show cafeteria staff how to use a new immersion blender to make smoothies on a large scale.




Falcons Training Camp Experience

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia7/29/2017 (Flowery Branch, Ga.) -SUDIA staff member Alicia Page, state Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Adiah, and Tapp Middle School FUTP 60 Program Advisor Kim Blackmon attended the Atlanta Falcons training camp for a “VIP” Experience. Attendees had the opportunity to watch practice, interact with players and receive autographs.

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.


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

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.


Dougherty County Schools – NFL FLAG Football Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia7/26/2017 (Albany, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Julie Wilkinson attended the Atlanta Falcons/NFL FLAG football training held in Dougherty County at Sherwood Acres Elementary School. Fifteen elementary school physical education teachers attended the training hosted by the Atlanta Falcons and former linebacker and SUDIA MVP Buddy Curry. Teachers were trained on how to use the flag football kits and the curriculum each school received to implement a flag football program. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program was presented to show teachers how healthy eating and exercise work together. Each attendee received a ‘Freddie Farm to School Poster’, signed Freddie Falcon recipe cards and FUTP 60 program advisor resources. A yogurt parfait bar was provided for teachers.


GAEL 2017 Annual Conference

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia7/9/2017 (Jekyll Island, Ga.) – SUDIA held an exhibit booth at the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) 2017 Annual Conference in Jekyll Island. The exhibit highlighted the FUTP 60 program with handout materials and an incentive raffle to increase program implementation with the school leaders in attendance. The exhibit also included educational resources/research about school breakfast to build awareness on the importance of fueling student minds with a healthy school breakfast.



Summer Feeding Kickoff at Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia6/22/2017 (Gainesville, Ga.) – The last of three Summer Feeding Kickoff events for the state of Georgia held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. A press conference was held featuring: Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia; Falita Flowers, state nutrition director, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL); Nancy Rice, state nutrition director, Georgia Department of Education; SUDIA dairy farmer Jennifer Glover; Jon West, vice president of programs for Atlanta Community Food Bank; Kay Blackstock, executive director, Georgia Mountain Food Bank; Robin Bailey, southeastern regional office regional administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods; and Steven Mickens, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier. The kickoff event raised awareness of summer feeding programs across the state. Atlanta Falcon’s ‘Freddie Falcon’ also attended and participated in games with students.

Summer Feeding Kick Off in Laurens County

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia6/14/2017 (Dudley, Ga.) – The second of three summer feeding kickoff events for the state of Georgia took place at Northwest Laurens Elementary School in Dudley. The event raised awareness of feeding sites in this rural county. Several community vendors attended the event and handed out healthy eating booklets, conducted taste testings, and distributed Georgia Farm Bureau resources for students. A nutritious lunch was served and students participated in physical activities with SUDIA and Atlanta Community Food Bank volunteers. A press conference was held in the cafeteria and included commentary from: Georgia dairy farmer and Benjamin Newberry, Laurens County School Nutrition Director Donna Sapp, Laurens County Commissioner Trae Kemp, Laurens County Superintendent Juliann Allgood, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Executive Director Doug Rhome, Shani Drake (Georgia DECAL), Misty Friedman (Farm to School), Robert McCosh (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and Assistant State Nutrition Director (Georgia Dept. of Ed.) Kathy Peavy.


Summer Feeding Kick Off Celebration with Atlanta Community Food Bank

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia6/8/2017 (Hapeville, Ga.) – SUDIA, along with a number of community partners, celebrated the start of the Georgia Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), with three summer kickoff events at various Georgia SFSP sites. The first event took place at the Hapeville Recreation Center, where officials with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, City of Hapeville, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Fulton County Schools, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Arby’s gave a press conference and met with local kids and families. SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 hosted a variety of educational and physical activities and helped feed around 200 children who came that day for a nutritious meal. Former Atlanta Falcons/Carolina Panthers player and SUDIA MVP Ben Hartsock sat with kids as they ate their lunch and youth also received visits from ‘Freddie Falcons’ and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, as well as Georgia dairy farmer Donald Yoder.


GaHPERD Board Meeting Presentation

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia6/1/2017 (Smyrna, Ga.) -SUDIA staff members Alicia Page and Sharon Rhodes presented the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program to board members of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GaHPERD). At the meeting, SUDIA secured the right to implement a FUTP 60 instructional session during GaHPERDs regional meetings/workshops to reach more Georgia counties and provide hands-on mentoring opportunities. SUDIA’s Georgia school health and wellness team looks forward to reaching even more Georgia youth with FUTP 60 programs.



Be a Milk Champion/ Player Visit and Bone-Gevity Twitter Chat with Matt Bosher

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/19/2017 (Villa Rica, Ga.) – During the month of April, Douglas County’s elementary and middle schools participated in a “Be A Milk Champion” Challenge. During the challenge, schools were tasked with increasing their breakfast and lunch participation and milk sales. Mirror Lake Elementary won the district challenge as a reward, received a visit from Matt Bosher, ‘Freddie Falcon,’ and the Atlanta Falcon Cheerleaders. Students asked Matt Bosher questions and participated in a milk chugging contest, a dance contest, and agility activities. USDA’s Southeast Acting Director of Special Nutrition Programs Veronica Barnes, Ga. Dept. of Education Area Consultant Mary Carol, and SUDIA/Douglas County School System officials spoke. Matt Bosher participated in our Bone-Gevity Twitter Chat with @TheDairyRD before the event took place.


Fayette County/Burch Elementary school nutrition equipment grant

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/16/2017 (Tyrone, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page visited Burch Elementary in Tyrone to see their newly awarded milk cooler in action. One of the original schools in the district with only one serving line, Burch Elementary received a cooler after applying for a SUDIA school nutrition equipment grant. The school’s previous milk cooler only accommodated two milk crates and no longer kept milk cold. Students and staff were excited about the new cooler and are looking forward to higher milk consumption number in the 2017-18 school year. Page took pictures with the school nutrition staff, as well as the school principal.



SUDIA/Georgia Dept. of Ed. Team Up for School Nutrition Conference

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/12/2017 (Helen, Ga.) – SUDIA staff members Alicia Page and Sharon Rhodes presented SUDIA programs and funding opportunities during a recent school nutrition conference for child nutrition directors in the north Georgia area. SUDIA exhibited the Freddie  Falcon ‘Farm to School’ poster and other promotional materials. Nutrition directors also filled out questionnaires about current programs for the chance to win a signed Atlanta Falcons football.



Banks County/Georgia Grown Feed My School event and Ag Career Day

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/11/2017 (Madison, Ga.) -Banks County primary and elementary schools hosted an Agricultural Career Day in conjunction with their Georgia Grown Feed/My School day. SUDIA staff member Sharon Rhodes exhibited dairy nutrition and featured the Freddie “Farm-to-School” poster. SUDIA, Mountain Fresh Creamery, Madison County 4-H and the Georgia Farm Bureau were among the many vendors.



Falcons Play 60 Kids Combine

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/5/2017 (Flowery Branch, Ga.) – SUDIA staff members Sharon Rhodes and Molly Szymanski supported the Atlanta Falcons Kids’ Combine that took place at the Falcons training facility in Flowery Branch. Other partners present include Cooper Institute and the Georgia Shape program. Rhodes presented on Fuel Up to Play 60 and encouraged students to become Student Ambassadors.  Borden Dairy donated chocolate milk and Chobani donated yogurt tubes for kids to enjoy at snack breaks and lunch. Kids were also treated to physical activity stations with Atlanta Falcons players, ‘Freddie the Falcon’ and Falcons cheerleaders.



Marietta City Schools- Feed My School Event

Southeast Dairy Association - AL Burrus ES Feed My School event5/5/2017 (Marietta, Ga.) – SUDIA staff member Alicia Page attended A.L. Burrus Elementary School to participate in their ‘Feed My School’ event. SUDIA was the only vendor this day and was able to see each class as they left the cafeteria after lunch. Teacher packets were also made and given to inquiring teachers. A booth was set up with Georgia dairy facts and ‘Farm to Fridge’ fliers, along with pencils and bracelets. Students also had an opportunity to take group photos at a fun photo booth setup.



SUDIA presents at GaHPERD meeting

Southeast Dairy Association - Georgia5/4/2017 (Carrollton, Ga.) – On May 4, 2017, SUDIA staff member Alicia Page attend a Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GaHPERD) northwest regional workshop held at the University of West Georgia. There, she gave a presentation on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to physical education teachers and health professionals.