Speedway Jr. High Meets Joseph Addai

Dietetic interns presenting ways to eat healthy on the run!

Speedway Jr. High School was filled with nervous and excited chatter on Tuesday morning as students were expecting a special guest.  Kathy Owen the P.E. teacher and advisor for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program planned the event making this opportunity possible for fifty lucky students to meet a young athlete making a name for himself in the NFL.  Joseph Addai, a running back for the Indianapolis Colts in his fourth season, referred to his body as a fancy car he wants to fuel up with gas (nutrient rich foods), an analogy used to paint a picture of the importance of good nutrition as a part of fueling up with energy. 

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Smith Dairy Tour

Brittany Peterson, a dietetic intern from Ball State University, is  fulfilling her last community rotation at the Dairy and Nutrition Council of Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Please follow Brittany as she spends her time with DNCI touring Smith Dairy in Richmond, Indiana.

Britany & Camila, two dietetic interns with DNCI, preparing to tour Smith Dairy in Richmond, Indiana.

The last five months of my life have been spent in an internship, working toward my dream of becoming a registered dietitian. I have worked with migrant children from Texas and Mexico through a Head Start program, food service workers in a hospital kitchen, and in my previous rotation I spent time in clinical dietetics finding ways to improve lives through the nutrition of hospital patients. Now, I am at the Dairy and Nutrition Council of Indiana where on my first day, Monday, November 16, 2009, I was in an oversized lab coat and a hair net that resembled a cupcake top, touring Smith Dairy in Richmond, Indiana. 

            Smith Dairy is a family owned and operated company that has been running out of Orville, Ohio, since the day Peter and John Schmid (sons of an immigrant family from Switzerland) borrowed $300 from a neighbor to buy a dairy on January 1, 1909. So, why is it that the Schmids named their dairy “Smith Dairy?” Well, it is as simple as Smith is just easier to pronounce. In the beginning, John and Peter only owned two horses to take them on their daily delivery route in which they delivered up to 60 gallons of milk each day. 

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We Have Much For Which to be Thankful!

Deb Osza, General Manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana, shares why she is thankful for farmers and what they do to provide her with nutrient-rich foods.

An Indiana dairy farm family experiencing the joy of feeding a calf.

Do you ever stop to think about where your food comes from? Sure, you make a trip to the local grocery store where you can purchase just about any food product you desire. You walk the aisles putting items from your list into a shopping cart, go through the checkout lane and pay the cashier, load up your car with the purchases, and then put them in the pantry once you get home. Shopping may seem like a chore, but come on, it’s easy! What if instead of driving to the store, you had to plow the ground and plant all the crops that you wanted for good nutrition? What if you had to milk your own cows and find a place to get the milk pasteurized before you had something to pour on your corn flakes or oat clusters? Now, doesn’t that make driving to the grocery store more appealing? The ease with which we get our food is one thing that many of us take for granted. 

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Antibiotic Use on Indiana’s Dairy Farms

LuAnn Troxel and her husband Tom own a dairy farm and large animal veterinary practice in Northern Indiana. LuAnn holds many leadership positions including President of the Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP). They are also active in social media and invite you to be a fan of their Facebook page, Troxel Dairy Farm, and to follow them on Twitter @dairylu.
LuAnn Troxel

LuAnn tending to her calf just as you would your own child.

Sometimes dairy cows and calves get sick. Just like humans, they require antibiotics to regain their good health. Although dairy farmers try to maintain excellent management in order to minimize the chances of animals getting sick, sometimes medications still need to be used. On dairy farms in Indiana, the use of antibiotics has changed drastically over the last several decades. There are very strict regulations on which antibiotics are permitted and how they are administered on food producing animals. Some antibiotics can be used on a beef cow but not a milking dairy cow. Some antibiotics can be used in dairy calves but not dairy cows. I can’t speak for all livestock raisers, but as a dairy farmer for 26 years, I can tell you that there are significant regulations in place for antibiotic use in Indiana’s dairy cattle.

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Cooking with Butter

Michelle Plummer is a chef and registered dietitian working for Milk Promotion Services of Indiana. She has over 25 years of cooking experience, and is a food and cooking enthusiast. Below are her suggestions for cooking with butter.


Cooking with butter, in moderation, can make almost any meal delectable.

Butter. The word itself is velvet on the tongue!  A savory treat, fried butter, caused many people to do the “butter dance” at the last Texas State Fair. Pats of butter dipped in batter, fried and drizzled in syrup may not be everyone’s reason to dance. Nonetheless, a luscious drizzle of butter on hot, creamy whipped potatoes makes most folks weak in the knees!

I agree that butter has been abused and the butt of many jokes; however, when used as a condiment, butter will truly compliment any meal.  The holidays are a time to enjoy family favorites and delicious treats, and butter can be in all the foods. However, I suggest to you that a little butter goes a long way. It is a great compliment to most dishes and adds a richness you don’t get from other fats. Used in moderation, butter is a great everyday treat from warm dinner rolls to homemade holiday cookies.

Below is a recipe that I have used for years, and my family, none the wiser that it is, is not as buttered up as they think!

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Diabetes: Nutrition & Exercise

Back to the Table with Family

Working with a Registered Dietitian to create a well-balanced meal plan will help you better control your blood sugar.

November is American Diabetes Month and more than 58 million Americans suffer from some type of diabetes or high blood sugar. As we continue to consume too much food and forego exercise for more sedentary activities, diabetes and other diseases affected by diet are sharply rising. Diabetes results in high blood sugar and over time, high blood sugar can lead to serious eye, nerve, feet and kidney damage, and can cause problems with the heart and blood vessels. If blood sugar is not controlled, it can lead to blindness, kidney loss or the need for amputations.

Fortunately, many of those suffering from diabetes can better control the disease with proper nutrition and regular exercise. If you don’t already exercise, find something you like to do. Join a local gym or try walking, swimming, riding a bicycle around your neighborhood or even dancing. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week.

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Dairy is Sexy!

Michele Payn-Knoper

Michele Payn-Knoper spending time with a dairy heifer, a species and industry with which she is very passionate about.

With a title like “Science, Soundbytes & Sex Appeal” you know you are in for an attention grabbing night. Indiana’s dairy experts gathered on November 4, 2009, to learn how to put a little pizzazz in their words when speaking about the dairy industry.  This annual Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting hosted by Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc. was held at Purdue University’s Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette. Attendees learned that it is time for Indiana agriculture experts to be proactive in telling their amazing story to the public.  Michele Payn-Knoper, a professional speaker and consult, was the guest presenter during the meeting. She has inspired thousands throughout her career and inspired several more during her presentation last Wednesday night.

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