Kentucky

Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky10/19/2017 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Jenny Beth Kroplin went live on WBKO TV’s Midday Show in a “Fall into Fall Flavors” segment, where she spoke about incorporating delicious fall flavors using healthy meal and snack recipes from the SUDIA website. Kroplin shared the benefits of nutrient-rich dairy in the recipes, such as high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, and how several SUDIA recipes supply the four nutrients of concern in the American diet, which are potassium, calcium, vitamin D and fiber. Dairy can be incorporated throughout the day in a healthy way using fall flavors.

 

 

Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky10/10/2017 (Lebanon, Ky.) – Marion County dairy farmer and American Dairy Association of Kentucky board member Kim Jones shared information about dairy farming with all Marion County Schools Food Services staff during their annual training. Jones connected with her audience by sharing her love for her work, farm values, and information about federal regulations, while also helping workers understand how milk makes it from local farms to the school cafeteria. School workers sampled parfaits and smoothies and SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger conducted a Strive for 35˚ training to encourage them to serve milk at the optimal temperature of 35˚F.

 

Kentucky School Nutrition Association Administrators Summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky9/27/2017 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger exhibited at the Kentucky School Nutrition Associaton’s summit for school food service administrators. The exhibit included information on all of SUDIA’s in-school programs and highlighted new National Dairy Council recipes for school cafeteria service. Attendees also had an opportunity to tour Chaney’s Dairy Barn later in the evening.

 

 

Meade County Schools Food Services District Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky9/22/2017 (Brandenburg, Ky.) – In conjunction with World School Milk Day, SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented insights on self-serve parfait bars and National Dairy Council cafeteria recipes to Meade County school food service workers. Meade County High School staff provided a self-serve parfait breakfast to all participants and each school in the district received SUDIA promotional materials to encourage student dairy consumption throughout the year.

 

 

Brooks Elementary Math and Movement Night

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky9/21/2017 (Brooks, Ky.) – Brooks Elementary School recently hosted “Math and Movement Night,” an after-school program encouraging academics and physical activity. SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 exhibit and information about the importance of student wellness. The FUTP 60 area was one of three rooms designed to encourage physical activity among students and parents. Information on “Rethink Your Drink” and dairy-rich recipes were also shared along with national MyPlate recommendations.

 

 

Kentucky Department of Education Summer Meals Celebration

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky9/12/2017 (Frankfort, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger were invited to the Summer Meals Celebration in Frankfort, where Summer Meals Champions were recognized for efforts to feed students during the months when school is not in session. SUDIA sponsored a delicious and nutritious chocolate milk toast on behalf of the dairy farm families of the Southeast. The toast recognized all of the partners in attendance and the record number (2,879,971 and counting) of summer meals served throughout the state. This represents a 12+ percent increase in meals served over 2016. A variety of milk options are served with each meal and the majority of students make milk their drink of choice with summer meals.

 

SUDIA celebrates donation of 156 freezers to Kentucky food banks

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky Hunger Initiative - Commissioner Quarles8/30/2017 (Kentucky) – The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) was among several food, agriculture and aid organizations celebrating the donation this month of 156 new freezers to local food pantries across Kentucky. The freezers—donated by Louisville, Ky.-based Farm Credit Mid-America and Colorado-based CoBank—were secured by the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, a task force of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles to combat food-insecurity issues throughout the state. Full Story

 

 

 

Allen County Food Service District Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky8/8/2017 (Scottsville, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented SUDIA school programsto all Allen County school district food service staff, with an emphasis on Strive for 35˚ and with Smooth and Smart programs. Attendees learned the value of milk as a nutrient powerhouse and the importance of serving it at 35˚F. The training included making milk, yogurt, and fruit smoothies. Allen County High School is excited to start offering smoothies during the 2017-18 school year; James E. Bazzell Middle School and Allen County Intermediate Center both plan to work with SUDIA on securing smoothie blenders so they can start serving them as well.

 

Kentucky Department of Education’s New Food Service Directors Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Kentucky8/2/2017 (Frankfort, Ky.) – SUDIA staff members Melinda Turner and Alan Curtsinger presented at the Kentucky Department of Education Office of Finance and Operations to new food service directors about SUDIA programs and grant opportunities. They provided smoothie samples and a self-serve parfait bar to encourage directors to add these delicious and nutritious items to their menus.  Directors left with a bag full of SUDIA educational and promotional materials to support their programs throughout the year.

 

Teach KY Ag at Glasgow-Barren Boys and Girls Club

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/28/2017 (Glasgow, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger joined Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom, Inc. at the Glasgow-Barren County Boys and Girls Club to educate youth about the important role agriculture plays in their everyday lives. Students rotated through educational sessions with several commodity groups represented. SUDIA spoke to students about the path milk takes from farm to table, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet and interesting dairy farm facts.

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

Paducah Public Schools Summer Nutrition Tour

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/25/2017 (Paducah, Ky.) – SUDIA had a chance to help transport summer meals directly to students in need. On July 25, SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger met with Paducah Public Schools (PPS) food service staff to deliver summer meals along two mobile routes, utilizing summer nutrition food storage coolers provided by SUDIA. Each stop along the routes were advertised using SUDIA Summer Nutrition yard signs and banners. Milk was a component of every meal served to those 18 and under. PPS Food Service Director Lynsi Barnill and her mobile program served more 20,000 meals in June alone. Plans were also discussed on how to utilize Paducah native and Fuel Up to Play 60 MVP George Wilson to build strong FUTP 60 programs in Paduach-area schools during the 2017-18 school year.

Photo: SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger (center) with PPS staff.

YMCA meets Fuel Up to Play 60

Southeast Dairy Association - Fuel Up to Play 60 logo7/24/2017 (Shepherdsville, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger spoke to YMCA campers at Roby Elementary about the importance of fueling up with dairy and being active for at least 60 minutes a day. Campers’ health and fitness knowledge was tested by taking a GoNoodle online physical activity challenge. The presentation ended with a smoothie sampling and students were encouraged to share their new smoothie recipe at home.

 

Ag. Commissioner Quarles shares dairy know-how with students

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/19/2017 (Fort Knox, Ky.) – SUDIA staff joined Kentucky Agriculture & Environment in the Classroom, Inc. partners at the Fort Knox Boys and Girls Club to educate youth about the important role agriculture plays in their everyday lives. Students were treated with a visit to the Mobile Science Activity Center along with a visit by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. Commissioner Quarles demonstrated how to properly milk a cow and shared his vast dairy knowledge with students. SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger spoke to students about how milk gets from farm to table, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet, and concluded each session with Kentucky dairy farm trivia questions.

Photo: Kentucky Ag. Commissioner Ryan Quarles (right) shows students at the Fort Knox Boys and Girls Club how to properly milk a cow.

Diocese of Owensboro Food Service Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/5/2017 (Maple Mount, Ky.) – SUDIA staff member Alan Curtsinger presented SUDIA programs to staff from the 14 Roman Catholic Diocese of Owensboro schools at the Mt. Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center. Staff members learned how to implement a successful self-serve parfait bar and were treated to a sample parfait bar to reinforce the visual appeal of this nutritious, delicious breakfast and lunch menu option. SUDIA also facilitated “Strive for 35˚” training (showing food service staff how to keep milk at an optimal 35˚F), provided SUDIA support materials and taught staff how to make ice cream in a bag as an educational activity for National Ice Cream month.

Photo: Diocese of Owensboro Schools staff try a sample parfait bar during a food service training hosted by SUDIA.

Dairy in the media

4/21/2017 (Bowling Green, Ky.) – SUDIA staff Jenny Beth Kroplin appeared on WBKO-TV News Midday Live in Bowling Green, Ky. to discuss the role of dairy in seasonal allergy relief. She highlighted probiotics in kefir and Greek yogurt and the vitamin D in yogurt, milk and cheese and featured an Indian spice dip made with Greek yogurt. Click here to see the segment.

Photo: Jenny Beth Kroplin (left) and WBKO-TV Midday Live host Laura Rogers discuss the role of dairy in seasonal allergy relief.

 

Ben Johnson Elementary FUTP 60 team promotes dairy to students

4/12/2017 (Lexington, Ky.) – The Ben Johnson Elementary School Fuel Up to Play 60 team led by program advisor D.J. Riggs won “Best in Group” at the Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship in Lexington, Ky. The team shared how they are encouraging others to fuel up with dairy and other healthy foods, while getting at least 60 minutes of activity each day. Nearly 8,000 K-12 students and 1,800 adults, representing 499 schools from 49 districts, participated in the competition.

Photo: The Ben Johnson Elementary School Fuel Up to Play 60 team and advisor D.J. Riggs promote dairy at the Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship.