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.


Louisiana Dairy Innovation Seminar

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/20/2017 (Franklinton, La.) – The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Nutrition and Food Science and the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator hosted a Dairy Innovation Seminar for Louisiana dairy farmers. Louise Wicker, head of the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at LSU, discussed the new frontier of dairy products; dairy processor Mike Brian spoke about his farm; AgCenter Food Incubator Coordinator Gaye Sandoz explained what it means to be a ‘tenant’ of the incubator; and Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain addressed dairy farming issues in Louisiana. SUDIA staffers members Jen Duhon and Stephanie Yow provided attendees with a SUDIA update.

Photo: From left, SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Comissioner Mike Strain, and SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon.

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

Dairy celebrated at Valverda Elementary School

4/7/2017 (Maringouin, La.) – Valverda Elementary School in Point Coupee Parish was rewarded with a Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) celebration/pep rally and Saints Junior Training Camp in Maringouin. Valverda was a FUTP 60 grant recipient for the 2016-2017 school year and is very active in the program, reaching Touchdown status and having student ambassadors. Physical education coach Sara Taylor helped increase dairy consumption at the school by adding dairy to the daily snack cart. A small refrigerated cooler and cart were purchased with grant funds so that milk, yogurt and cheese are served to students at the proper temperature.

Photo: SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon presents a FUTP 60 grant check to Valverda Elementary School.

Dairy promoted at Vermilion Parish School Board Health Fair

4/1/2017 (Abbeville, La.) – SUDIA co-sponsored a 5K run at the Vermilion Parish School Board Health Fair in Abbeville. to help promote Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) and dairy. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon provided rally towels and information about chocolate milk to 200 participants. She also shared information about FUTP 60 with parents, teachers, students and other community leaders. The school superintendent and several school board members were in attendance.

Photo: Vermilion Parish school superintendent Jerome Piyou (left) and SUDIA staff member Jennifer Duhon provide samples of chocolate milk after the health fair 5K in Abbeville.