Indiana Schools & Fuel Up to Play 60 Encourage Nutrition

By Mary Nicholson

The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is up and running in more than 60,000 schools across the country.  In its third year, the program continues to grow and evolve.  Just in case you’re wondering what Fuel Up to Play 60 is, it’s a school wellness program that is a collaboration between the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.  It is designed to empower students to make changes in the nutrition environment and opportunities for physical activity in their school.

Indiana has quite a few schools involved in Fuel Up to Play 60.  Just the other night I attended a Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-off event at Nicholson Elementary school in Crawfordsville.  It was quite an evening!  The hallways had all sorts of Fuel Up to Play 60 and Indianapolis Colts pictures, posters, and drawings.  Families checked in and then spent time in different areas of the school.  The gym had a number of stations where participants could hoola-hoop, jump rope,  and more with the assistance of several Crawfordsville High School athletes.  Outside, the Colts In Motion travelling museum was set up, and Wabash College football players were on hand to pass footballs to young receivers.  In the cafeteria, a mix-it-yourself trail mix bar was set up– complete with recipes and how-to’s.  Blue milk was available to try, and a dairy bingo game was played.

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Save the Date, the Livestock, Forage & Grain Forum Returns

The Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum is back for a second year on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Last year, two great winter meetings – the Indiana Livestock Forum and the Indiana Beef, Dairy and Forage Symposium – combined forces to bring 500 Indiana grain farmers and livestock producers together for a comprehensive program. This year’s Forum will feature the latest news, trends and issues affecting Indiana’s livestock, grain and forage industries.

The forum is sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance in conjunction with Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Forage Council, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc., and Indiana Pork. Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Board of Animal of Health are also involved with developing the program.

While details of the day are still being determined, several popular segments from last year’s forum will be back, including the industry trade show and progressive lunch. For more information, visit

Share Your Memories & You Could Win $100!

By Diane Ruyack

November is the month to be spent with friends and family, which is the perfect time for sharing and saving family stories. Sitting around the big oak table, everyone bringing their family favorite dish to pass, the smell of yeast rolls mingling with roast turkey set the stage for a great Thanksgiving meal and conversation! Memories from the older folks and lots of questions from the younger family members keep everyone gathered and enjoying each other. There is always that one story where the spiced apples hit the floor and splashed all over the tablecloth and wall!

Everyone enjoys hearing a funny or embarrassing story of their co-worker, friend, and learning about someone’s family is also a great bonding experience. It helps friends and new family members see that they have a lot more in common with each other than they would have thought previously.

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Natures Sports Drink @ The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

One of the best post-exercise recovery drinks could already be in your refrigerator. The new research suggests that drinking fat free chocolate milk after exercise can help the body retain, replenish and rebuild muscle to help your body recover. Drinking lowfat chocolate milk after a strenuous workout could even help prep muscles to perform better in a subsequent bout of exercise.

So you might ask why chocolate milk? Chocolate milk’s combination of carbohydrates and high-quality protein first made researchers take notice of a potential exercise benefit. The combination of carbs and protein already in chocolate milk matched the ratio found to be most beneficial for recovery. In fact, studies suggest that chocolate milk has the right mix of carbs and protein to help refuel exhausted muscles, and the protein in milk helps build lean muscle. This new research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting milk can be just as effective as some commercial sports drinks in helping athletes refuel and recover.

Chocolate Milk - Natures Sports Drink

Milk also provides fluids for rehydration and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and magnesium lost in sweat, that both recreational exercisers and elite athletes need to replace after strenuous activity. Plus, chocolate milk is naturally nutrient-rich with the advantage of additional nutrients not found in most traditional sports drinks. Penny-for-penny, no other post-exercise drink contains the full range of vitamins and minerals found in chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk has a lot of other benefits: It can be relatively inexpensive compared to recovery sports drinks, it’s easy to make at home or find at a convenience store after a run, and I think most people would agree that it tastes great!

Dean’s Dairy will be at the finish line on November 6th handing out chocolate milk to finishing runners of the race. There will be THREE great races in downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon and the brand new Monumental 5k distance.  There are over 8,000 participants and start time is 8:00 a.m.

National Diabetes Month: Eating Healthy During The Holidays

Eating healthy during the Holidays can be done!

The Holiday season is right around the corner and what comes with the Holidays? …Food. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and is the perfect time to start practicing healthy holiday eating strategies, especially if you have diabetes. You don’t want the holiday spirit to take over your body (and your blood sugar level) for that month and a half stretch between Thanksgiving and the New Years. 

Eating during the holiday with diabetes can be challenging. What foods should you avoid or eat less? How will the foods you eat affect your blood sugar level? Enjoy all the typical menu items of a Holiday dinner. Just plan accordingly and understand the importance of balance. Here are some tips to help stay festive and healthy without being stressed over every nibble.

Think ahead. Try to anticipate the kind of food that you’ll encounter at a party or dinner. For instance, if you know that your mom is making a favorite pie for dessert, plan your meals and medication during the day accordingly so that you can have a slice. You don’t have to deny yourself if you think ahead. If you’re really concerned that there won’t be food at a party that you can eat, consider eating a snack beforehand.

Another good alternative is to bring a dish with you that you know you can eat. In general, consider reducing sugar or using a sugar replacement in sweets and use pureed fruit as a substitute for fat in baked goods. Your host will surely appreciate the gesture, and you’ll be able to relax knowing that you won’t go hungry

Strategize. Eat before you go to dinner. That way, you’re not famished and ready to grab the first unhealthy thing you see. You can count on your favorite staples to be on the table – macaroni and cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes, buttered rolls, all high-carb foods that will affect your sugar level. Be prepared to know what you will eat before you grab a plate. Roasted turkey breast is a great, low-fat protein.

Handle the sweets. This is where it may be a good idea to bring your own dessert. There’s bound to be holiday cookies, cupcakes and pies, goodies that may be too rich and sugary for you, even in small portions. Carry such healthy desserts as angel food cake and fruit cups to fulfill your cravings. Unsweetened cranberry sauce is also an option.

Exercise. After stuffing yourself plan to go for a walk to burn off the extra calories. In fact, fit in as much physical activity as possible during the holiday season. Make it a family activity and make it fun. Exercise helps stabilize your blood sugar level.

Indiana Dairy Farmers Sponsor Finest Marching Band Contest in Nation

Over 200,000 music students get the message that ‘winners drink milk’ throughout the year thanks to Indiana dairy farmers’ sponsorship of Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) events. The sponsorship is coordinated by Milk Promotion Services of Indiana. ISSMA holds the finest marching band contest in the nation according to the judges from all across the country who were in Indianapolis for the recent Marching Band State Finals.

While dairy farmers were home milking, their check-off program was working. Milk commercials featuring local dairy farmers were played on the jumbo video boards in the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the 12-hour marching band competition. Nearly 30,000 spectators and performers viewed those spots.

Four Indiana high school marching bands won $1,000 scholarships from Indiana’s dairy farmers plus a drink from the victory bottle of milk for their championship performances at the 2010 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals. Each school took top honors in its division. The winners were Avon, Greenwood, Western High School/Russiaville and Springs Valley High School/ French Lick in classes A through D respectively. Each member of each competing band also received an ice-cold pint of Prairie Farms’ white, chocolate, strawberry or Cravélatté milk after their performance. Prairie Farms Dairy donated all the milk served to the band members.

According to Deb Osza, general manager of MPSI, “I’m proud of the students and impressed with their dedication and focus. Each and every one of those band students is a winner.” “Teaching kids the importance of including at least 3 servings of dairy a day in their diets, in addition to physical activity, will help them develop stronger bones and a healthy lifestyle. We want them to learn that when they put good energy into their bodies, they get energy out. We’re working hard to keep milk messages in our schools. Indiana’s dairy check-off program works efficiently and effectively by getting those milk messages in through music education as well as in the classroom and the cafeteria.”

Additional $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to the state champion schools in concert band, mixed chorus, orchestra and state show choir finals by Indiana’s Dairy Farmers, exclusive corporate sponsor of all ISSMA events.