Hinds County Healthy Schools Training

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/11/2017 (Byram, Miss.) – Allliance for Healthier Generation hosted a quarterly, day-long training with teachers, physical education instructors, coaches and other staff serving Hinds County Schools. SUDIA was invited to participate and discuss Fuel Up to Play 60, grant opportunities, and available resources. SUDIA also presented on the importance of breakfast and made smoothies for everyone to have during an activity.




Nutrition Tips for the Student Athlete

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi10/3/2017 – SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow recently wrote an article for Parents & Kids Magazine of Central Mississippi on the importance of nutrition for student athletes. Yow includes in her article why dairy is an important part of any student athlete’s diet. Check out the full article here.


“Numbers You Should Know” – WCBI segment

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/29/2017 (Columbus, Miss.) – Stephanie Yow was recently on WCBI Sunrise in Columbus educating viewers on “Numbers You Should Know” about health. See Video



World School Milk Day Celebration at Pearl River elementary schools

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/27/2017 (Carriere, Miss.) – SUDIA hosted World School Milk Day events at Pearl River Lower and Upper Elementary Schools with April Harris, a dairy farmer from GloMo Dairy in Poplarville, Miss. and her cow, Andie. All 1500+ students and staff from both schools were able to interact with a dairy farmer and pet Andie the cow. District Child Nutrition Director Sheila Amacker passed out activity books provided by SUDIA and students colored them and they hung them in the cafeteria for viewing. The principals of each school had a “milk off” where each had one minute to milk Andie and see who could produce the most milk. It was a tie and each walked away with a prize inflatable cow. Each student walked away with either a pencil, cow stress ball or ‘Fuel Up with Dairy’ awareness bracelet. Breakfast that day included yogurt parfaits (they serve almost 700 students breakfast each day in the cafeteria) and lunch had a very cheesy chicken spaghetti and ice cream in addition to cold milk at every meal!

FUTP 60 kickoff at Madison Station Elementary

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/14/2017 (Madison, Miss.) – SUDIA hosted a Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff celebration at Madison Station Elementary School for nearly 600 students. During the celebration, SUDIA presented the school with a $3,770 FUTP 60 grant. All fourth and fifth grade students participated in a dance and physical activity and students were chosen from each homeroom to become student representatives for FUTP 60.


FUTP 60 check presentation to Wilkinson County School District

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi9/13/2017 (Woodville, Miss.) – SUDIA/Fuel Up to Play 60 presented a grant for $7,687 to four Wilkinson County Schools. The check was presented to Dr. Kimberly Jackson (school district superintendent), JoNet Lollis (district nurse) and Angela Perry (child nutrition director) before the entire Wilkinson County school board. The funds will be used to enhance breakfast programs and make other improvements.


Sweetest Chefs of the South

Southeast Dairy Association - Sweetest Chefs9/11/2017 (Ridgeland, Miss.) – SUDIA, in partnership with Eat Y’all, co-sponsored the annual Sweetest Chefs of the South event. Held in Ridgeland, the competition features pastry chefs from all over the South. Chefs were able to showcase their talent and guests were able to enjoy their hard work. This year, many of the desserts had a dairy component. Event Website 




Newspaper Article on North MS Dairyman, Billy Ray Brown

Courtesy of The Oxford Eagle

7/30/2017 – The Oxford Eagle recently published an article on North Mississipi dairyman, Billy Ray Brown and his dairy farm, Brown Family Dairy. The article highlights the hard work, love, and dedication that goes into dairy farming. Full Story




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

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.


Fitness Fest

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi7/15/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – “Fitness Fest” was held on Saturday, July 15, in Jackson, Miss. This event was designed to get families moving and show them how easy and fun it can be to be healthy. By the time a family completed the event, they walked a mile and engaged in approximately 30 minutes of aerobic activity. SUDIA staff members Donna Speed and Stephanie Yow hosted a booth with dairy nutrition information, dairy recipes, cow masks, string cheese samples, and more.



Rankin County Breakfast Programs Highlighted in Local Newspapers

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi7/12/2017 (Brandon, Miss.) –The Rankin County News ran an article highlighting the positive impact that Grab ‘N Go Breakfast programs have had on their students. A total of three schools in the Rankin County School District started a Grab ‘N Go Breakfast program during the 2016-17 school year. This was thanks to the efforts of SUDIA staff member Donna Speed. Brandon Elementary received a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to implement Grab ‘N Go Breakfast. There are plans to expand the breakfast program throughout the district in the 2017-18 school year. Full Story on Page 3




SuperTalk MS Radio – Good Things with Rebecca Turner

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi6/23/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow was recently a guest on SuperTalk MS Radio “Good Things with Rebecca Turner” to talk about June Dairy Month and promote dairy products and the industry. Yow also made one of SUDIA’s new Southern dessert recipes, Coconut Cream Pie, which was tasted on air. Show host, Rebecca Turner and producer, Ryno Montgomery, also had a milk toast to celebrate our Mississippi Dairy Farm Families.



Nutrition Communications Training – New Directions in Lactose Intolerance

Southeast Dairy Association - Mississippi6/11-12, 2017 (Jackson/Ridgeland, Miss.) – SUDIA hosted a nutrition communications training for registered dietitians and chefs in Jackson, Miss. Dr. Jeannette Keith presented the latest research on lactose intolerance and SUDIA staff member Laura Buxenbaum led a breakout session, which included a taste test of lactose-free dairy, dairy alternatives, and tradition dairy products. Joan Horbiack worked with guests, teaching them how to do a low-lactose recipe demo on camera while delivering strong dairy and nutrition messages. Guests also enjoyed a welcome dinner and luncheon at Seafood R’evolution with Chef John Folse. Mississippi dairy farmer Michael Ferguson attended the luncheon and shared information about dairy farming with guests.


Bone Health Campaign Kicks Off in Mississippi

5/12/2017 (Columbus, Miss.) – SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow appeared on WCBI-TV Sunrise in Columbus, Miss. to talk about SUDIA’s new bone health campaign, “Bone-Gevity: Bones Built to Last.” May was National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, making it a great time to start the new campaign, which focuses on how dairy is essential for building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Photo: Staffer Stephanie Yow talks about the role of dairy in preventing osteoporosis on WCBI-TV Sunrise in Columbus, Miss.



Health Benefits of Dairy Presented to 200 School Nurses

4/27/2017 (Jackson, Miss.) – SUDIA was a sponsor of the Mississippi School Nurses Association annual conference in Jackson, Miss. SUDIA staff members Stephanie Yow and Donna Speed provided information about the health benefits of dairy to 200 school nurses and informed them of resources and grant opportunities to help increase dairy consumption in their schools.

Photo: Staffers Stephanie Yow (left) and Donna Speed promote dairy at the Mississippi School Nurses annual conference in Jackson, Miss.





Dairy promoted to Mississippi pediatricians

4/21/2017 (Flowood, Miss.) – SUDIA was a sponsor of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics spring meeting in Flowood, Miss. SUDIA staff member Stephanie Yow attended and spoke with 70 pediatricians about the importance of the essential nutrients milk and dairy offer infants.

Photo: Staffer Stephanie Yow (right) shares dairy nutrient facts with pediatricians at the Mississippi Academy of Pediatrics spring meeting in Flowood, Miss.