South Carolina

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.


Boilings Springs Intermediate assists at Panthers Training Camp

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/26/2017 (Spartansburg, S.C.) – The Boiling Springs Intermediate School Fuel Up to Play 60 team handed out TruMoo chocolate milk and led physical activities and nutrition education at the SUDIA tent during the Carolina Panthers Training Camp kickoff event at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Youth leading other youth to get active and make healthy food choices (that include low-fat dairy and other wholesome foods) is what Fuel Up To Play 60 is all about. SUDIA was fortunate to have so many talented and motivated youth in South Carolina to help us get the word out.

Photo: Boiling Springs Intermediate School students help get the word out about Fuel Up to Play 60 during the Carolina Panthers Training Camp opening day.


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

Fuel Up to Play 60 spotlighted at HYPE Project Youth Summit

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom7/15/2017 (Orangeburg, S.C.) – Schools are still out for summer, but Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) students are making waves across the state. Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council member and rising Gaffney High School junior Tyler Norris and his program advisor Christina Cody traveled to Orangeburg, SC to present at the HYPE (Healthy Young People Empowered) Project Youth Summit at South Carolina State University. The team presented information about Fuel Up To Play 60 and its various programs to address food insecurity, malnutrition, and inactivity among students. Southeast Dairy sponsored yogurt parfait breakfasts for 120 attendees and educated youth teams on how to get Fuel Up to Play 60 programs going in their schools.

Photo: Christina Cody (center left) and Tyler Norris (center right) sport Fuel Up to Play 60 shirts while enjoying a yogurt parfait bar provided by SUDIA. Cody and Norris served as guest speakers during the HYPE Project Youth Summit on July 15, 2017.

Summer Feeding Kickoff at EdVenture Children’s Museum

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom6/10/2017 (Columbia, S.C.) – SUDIA was invited to participate as a vendor in the kickoff for Columbia’s Summer Feeding program at the EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Marilyn Easter from Eastglen Farms joined SUDIA staff member Jill Gobin at the SUDIA booth and presented on the importance of dairy. The booth had various handouts relating to milk, Fuel Up to Play 60 brochures and a bookmark with South Carolina dairy facts. A selfie photo booth was set up with props and milk mustaches and fun giveaways were offered to children. Lexington and Richland County School District 5 provided free reimbursable meals to the children as well as adult meals. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service and South Carolina Department of Education Office of Health and Nutrition spoke as well.

Inman Intermediate Fuel Up To Play 60 Success

Southeast Dairy Association - Newsroom5/31/2017 (Inman, S.C.) – Dairy is helping power more Inman Intermediate students than ever before. Students drank 9,600 pounds more milk and ate 1,575 pounds more yogurt this year compared to last. Their success was highlighted in fall 2016 when students at the school participated in Play 60 activities during a Carolina Panthers home game.

Using Fuel Up to Play 60 grant funds awarded in June 2016, the school began offering low-fat milk, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables on a cart in each hallway. With new banners and a cafeteria makeover, the school promoted the nutritional value of dairy products and other healthy foods. More students are choosing to eat school meals, with a 36 percent increase in breakfasts and 19 percent increase in lunches served compared to the previous year.

“The funding made a huge difference in our school,” said Inman Intermediate Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor David Wilkie. “Unfortunately, 65 percent of our kids are considered below the poverty level. Students are (now) more aware of the nutritional value of dairy products and have been more likely to choose them at lunch.”

Photo: Inman Intermediate students take the field at the Carolina Panthers Play 60 game in the fall of 2016.

Dietitians learn more about dairy at annual meeting

4/26/2017 (Columbia, S.C.) – One hundred registered dietitians from across the state gathered in Columbia for the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting. The American Dairy Association (ADA) of South Carolina sponsored an exhibit at the event, provided dairy resources and hosted speaker Judy Barbe, a registered dietitian with the National Dairy Council. Barbe spoke to the group about dairy products and food waste. Dairy was also in the spotlight during a panel discussion on school meals. The panel included three school nutrition advocates who discussed how they have worked with the ADA of South Carolina to increase dairy consumption in their schools.

Photo: Judy Barbe addresses the group at the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Columbia, S.C.

Dairy Farmers Participate in Community Outreach Training

4/11/2017 (Spartanburg, S.C.) – Dairy farmers from South Carolina and North Carolina met in McConnells, S.C. to participate in a community outreach training session about how to better communicate with consumers. The training focused on ways to share the dairy story with the public and offered methods for strengthening relations with dairy farm neighbors and community members. James Anderson, a dairy farmer from Spartanburg, S.C. praised the training saying, “This program was great and will be very helpful as we begin to offer more dairy farm tours.” If you are interested in attending a community outreach training, contact Elizabeth Moretz.

Photo: SUDIA Interim Communications Director Rebecca Egsieker leads dairy farmers in a Community Outreach training session.

Nutrition Students Get the Facts on Dairy and Lactose Intolerance

4/4/2017 (Rock Hill, S.C.) – SUDIA staffer Mickela Mitchell taught nutrition science students at Winthrop University learned more about dairy. Mitchell spoke to nutrition students about lactose intolerance and offered ways for those with lactose intolerance to still enjoy dairy products. The students also sampled several kinds of lactose-free dairy milk.

Photo: Nutrition science students at Winthrop University were excited to learn about dairy from Mickela Mitchell (left).