St. Tammany Healthy Schools Training
10/13/2017 (Slidell, La.) – The Louisiana Department of Health, Eat Move Grow, the Alliance for Healthier Generations and Fuel Up to Play 60 joined forces to provide a four-hour interactive educational training on school health and wellness for all elementary and middle schools in St. Tammany Parish School District. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon provided an in-depth training on FUTP 60 and a presentation on the benefits of dairy in school for both athletes and students. The training was hands-on and exercise techniques were incorporated during the training to give teachers ‘brain breaks.’
SUDIA celebrates $100,000 fitness center grant to Valverda Elementary
10/11/2017 (Maringouin, La.) – SUDIA was among several local and state agencies to celebrate Valverda Elementary School in Point Coupee Parish received a $100,000 fitness center grant from the National Governor’s Fitness Council. On Oct. 11, the school hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the center, which includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment for kids. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards attended the ceremony and spoke on the importance of sound nutrition and physical fitness for Louisiana’s children. Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Governors Fitness Council, was also on hand to congratulate Valverda Elementary on a job well done. Valverda Elementary is a Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown school that was awarded a $4,000 grant from SUDIA in 2016 to improve breakfast access and physical activity options.
World School Milk Day at St. Tammany Parish
9/27/2017 (Madisonville/Folsom, La.) – The St. Tammany Parish Public School System celebrated World School Milk Day (WSMD) throughout its school system on Sep. 27. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon and St. Tammany Parish child nutrition administrators visited Madisonville Junior High School as well as Folsom Junior High School to coordinate fun WSMD activities. Students participated milk relay races, milk chugging contests, and were able to learn about dairy nutrition and dairy farming practices in Louisiana. The cafeteria staff at both schools dressed as dairy cows and told dairy jokes as the students went through the serving line.
Dairy Advocate Shelly Redmond Promotes Dairy in Local Media Segment
9/22/2017 (Shreveport, La.) – Tailgating season has arrived! In order for us to cheer on our favorite teams, we first need to cheer our heart to victory. Culinary dietitian and author of Skinny Louisiana In The Kitchen, Shelly Marie Redmond stops by NBC 6 News Today to share some of her favorite recipes for tailgates. Full Segment
SUDIA, Governor Edwards celebrate state Breakfast Challenge
9/21/2017 (Baton Rouge, La.) – SUDIA, No Kid Hungry Louisiana, the Governors Bureau of Child Health, the Lousiana Department of Education, and several partnering agencies visited Wildwood Elementary in Baton Rouge to kick off the statewide Breakfast Challenge. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards spoke on the importance of breakfast and well-fed students for academic success. SUDIA is one of the agencies supporting the campaign, which seeks to improve and increase access to breakfast in schools. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service representative Eddie Longoria was on hand to congratulate Wildwood Elementary and other schools that have accepted the Breakfast Challenge. SUDIA staff members Jen Duhon and Stephanie Yow attended the celebration.
LSU AgCenter Teen Health Advocate Training
9/18/2017 (Woodworth, La.) – SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon participated in statewide Teen Health Advocate Training hosted by the Louisiana State University AgCenter’s Food and Fitness board. Teens from across the state were educated on Fuel Up to Play 60 and how to utilize FUTP 60 within their parishes. Students were also given a challenge to have at least one school in their parish utilize FUTP 60 as its signature health and wellness program.
Saints FUTP 60 Student/Farmer Game
9/17/2017 (New Orleans, La.) – Eleven active Fuel Up to Play 60 students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as eight Louisiana dairy farmers and their guests, were invited to the Fuel Up to 60/New Orleans Saints home game on Sep. 17. Students and farmers were able to interact and talk about what schools in Louisiana are doing to promote health, physical activity and dairy. Students and farmers received on-field passes to watch the New England Patriots and Saints warm up. Students also had the honor of participating in the Saints tunnel run at the start of the game. Louisiana dairy farmers also made check presentation to Louisiana schools.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Kickoff at Sicily Island High School
9/15/2017 (Sicily Island, La.) – SUDIA and Eat Move Grow, LLC hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff event at Sicily Island High School. About 400 students participated in a school pep rally where SUDIA presented the school with a $3,150 check to assist with Snack Smarter Schoolwide and Recess Refresh, FUTP 60 initiatives that help improve the nutrition and variety of à la carte school snack options and the conditions of school playgrounds, respectively. The school also received a $3,000 check from Eat Move Grow to assist with “The Walking Classroom,” a program that allows students to learn lessons while walking school grounds with the assistance of headphones and portable MP3 players. SUDIA staff member Donna Speed instructed students on how to use the FUTP 60 Dashboard and discussed FUTP 60 goals with school staff.
ReNEW Schools Health and Wellness Training
9/11/2017 (New Orleans, La.) – The Louisiana Healthy Schools Training Krewe, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and Fuel Up to Play 60 program provided health and wellness training for the ReNEW Charter School District in New Orleans. About 20 coaches and teachers from the district attended the hands-on learning experience to learn how to create healthier environments for their students. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon gave an in-depth training on FUTP 60 and how it can accomplish the health and wellness goals of most schools. Duhon also presented on dairy nutrition and the benefits of dairy foods in the diet of athletes and students.
Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff at J.C. Ellis Elementary School
8/25/2017 (Metairie, La.) – Fuel Up to Play 60 and SUDIA hosted a FUTP 60 back-to-school kickoff event for J.C. Ellis Elementary School in Metairie, La. (Jefferson Parish). During the kickoff, Louisiana FUTP 60 Program Advisor Kenny Marks met with SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon to discuss statewide goals for the program.
Livingston/St. Helena Parish Smoothie Training
8/8/2017 (Livingston, La.) – Smoothie training and taste testing was conducted for school nutrition managers in two Louisiana parishes awarded equipment to start Smooth and Smart smoothie programs at the junior and senior high school levels. SUDIA staff member Donna Speed presented on the need for dairy during the teen years and how to market smoothies to teens.
St. John the Baptist Parish Smoothie Training
8/3/2017 (Reserve, La.) – SUDIA provided smoothie training and taste testing for school nutrition managers in St. John the Baptist Parish, which was awarded equipment to start Smooth and Smart smoothie programs in their schools. SUDIA staff member Jen Duhon presented on the need for dairy during the teen years and how to market smoothies to teens.
Grant Parish District Meeting for all school staff
8/2/2017 (Dry Prong, La.) – SUDIA staff member Donna Speed attended the parish-wide school staff meeting and presented info on healthy eating and how to include dairy daily in meals and snacks. SUDIA provided a table display with handouts and samples of yogurt parfaits, and school staff members were able to register as Fuel Up to Play 60 advisors. The presentation encouraged schools to add smoothies as an option in their school meals.
Southeast states represented at Fuel Up to Play 60 student summit
July 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
7/20/2017 (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
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.