Osteoporosis is a threat for Dad too

By Diane Ruyack

Father’s do get osteoporosis even though a majority of American men view osteoporosis solely as a “woman’s disease.”

June 19th is Father’s Day and an emphasis should be on persuading men to look at their lifestyle habits that put them at increased risk for this silent bone disease that can be a  threat to their mobility and independence.

Bone loss in men starts later and progresses more slowly. Bone is constantly changing—that is, old bone is removed and replaced by new bone. During childhood, more bone is produced than removed, so the skeleton grows in both size and strength. For most people, bone mass peaks during the third decade of life. By this age, men typically have accumulated more bone mass than women. After this point, the amount of bone in the skeleton typically begins to decline slowly as removal of old bone exceeds formation of new bone. Continue reading

Getting to Know Indiana Dairy’s Linda Olson

What do you do at Indiana Dairy?

I am the executive assistant for our general manager and our marvelous board of directors.  I enjoy planning some of our American Dairy Association events, i.e., Fastest Rookie Luncheon, Zoopolis, Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship program, and Indiana State School Music Association award presentations.  In addition I have the opportunity to chat with many of our Indiana dairy farmers when ordering dairy promo items for farm tours, county fairs, and Ag days.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I find it hard to pick a favorite part.  I really enjoy working with our board of directors, our staff and all Indiana dairy farmers.  I find it such a blessing to be involved in an industry that starts their meetings with prayer!

Tell us a little about yourself:

I have such fond memories of growing up on my grandparent’s farm in Columbus, Indiana.  They always had chickens, geese, pigs, horses, and of course a couple of dairy cows to milk.  I can still visualize my grandmother sitting on her milk stool.  Later in life I raised beef cattle and horses.  What fun it was to observe the miracle of the birth of a calf or foal and watch them wobble around as they tried to stand up.  I guess it’s true – “you can’t take the country out of the girl”.

After my two sons graduated, I decided it was time for mom to go back to school.  I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in business management.  What a thrill it was to have my family – including my two grandsons in the audience as I walked across the stage for my diploma!

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Improve Your Physique with the Greek!

By Lindsay Martin, Ball State University Intern

Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?”  Whether you have or not, you will find it humorous knowing the Portokalos family, throughout the film, tried to fix everything, including acne, with Windex.  And yes, by Windex I mean the glass cleaner.  Other than these laugh-out-loud moments, the family fully embraced the Greek cuisine.  A particular food that comes to mind is Greek yogurt; which is now becoming increasingly popular.

Most people enjoy this thick, creamy yogurt with fruit, granola, or as the base of numerous dips and sauces.  Personally, a dash of cinnamon stirred into a 6-ounce container of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt is a regular snack in my diet. Other than the delicious taste of Greek yogurt, I’ve had friends and family members question me about the nutrition difference between regular and Greek yogurt.

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Think you are lactose intolerant? Check out what the experts say.

By DeDe Hausmann

People who believe they are lactose intolerant can still enjoy dairy!!!  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance and Health in February, 2010, and they had a panel of experts present compelling findings.

Dr. Robert P. Heaney, a researcher at Creighton University, says that lactose intolerance is often misunderstood.   He feels that by eliminating dairy from one’s diet, for any reason, will result in poor nutrition and can result in long-term health issues.  Others on the panel stated that those who feel they are lactose intolerant should try drinking and eating small amounts of dairy products (milk, cheese and yogurt) with snacks or meals but NOT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.  They should also consume lactose-free dairy products.  Hard cheeses (such as as cheddar, provolone, and mozzarella) and yogurts may also be more easily digested.

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Fuel Up to Play 60

By Diane Ruyack

Nicholson Elementary School has been participating in NFL’s and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) program all school year.  The students have had challenges built around the Colts’ football season and Indiana basketball’s “March Madness.”  The goal of the FUTP 60 partnership is to encourage children to be physically active and to eat nutritious food, such as dairy products, whole-grains, and fruits and vegetables.

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Celebrate June Dairy Month!

By Kimmi Devaney  

June is Dairy Month! Gather your friends and raise a glass of milk to this fantastic industry. This month, many organizations provide opportunities for consumers to interact with dairy farmers and learn more about where their favorite dairy products come from.

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