Here are a few stories about your dairy checkoff programs in North Carolina. If you have any questions or need promotional materials please contact me.
Elizabeth Moretz  emoretz@sedairy.org 828-406-9482
Sharing Dairy's Message During Osteoporosis Awareness Month
May was National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and your dairy checkoff worked hard to make sure information about bone health and dairy was shared across the state through a campaign called "Bonegevity: Bones Built to Last". The ADA of NC's Laura Buxenbaum appeared on Fox 8 Greensboro/High Point for an interview about osteoporosis and dairy, which you can watch here. Two dairy advocates also visited media outlets to promote the campaign. UNC Sports Nutrition Director, Kelsee Gomes, appeared on both Spectrum News which aired in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, and WJZY Fox Charlotte. Jennifer Brunelli, Sports Dietitian for the Carolina Panthers also discussed the importance of dairy and bone health during an interview on WCNC Channel 6 in Charlotte. You can watch Jennifer's interview here.

Photo: UNC Sports Nutrition Director Kelsee Gomes (left) visits the Spectrum News studio to promote dairy during National Osteoporosis Awareness Month.
New Approaches to Moving Dairy in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
On May 19, Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Ambassador and Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano joined more than 200 volunteers at Idlewild Elementary School in Charlotte for the school's "Big Dig" event. Idlewild Elementary has been an active FUTP 60 school since 2013 and has recently added an outdoor garden where students grow vegetables. FUTP 60 supported the school's project with a grant to purchase a culinary cart where recipes using both dairy products and the school's produce are created. This is a new project that provides a new opportunity to move dairy on school menus in a way that excited students. The ADA of North Carolina is working with the school to help find the best ways to incorporate dairy products in these recipes.
 
Photo: Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (left) helps create a cheesy kale flatbread at Idlewild Elementary's Big Dig event with SUDIA staffer Mickela Mitchell (right). 
June Dairy Month Spotlight
It's June Dairy Month and a lot of farmers are going out into the community to spread the word about the goodness of dairy. We want to hear about how you're encouraging people to 'Get More With Milk.'  The 'Dairy Dash' road race and cross country trail run is one of those ways to get the message out. The event was held June 3 at Lindley Farms in Snow Camp, NC and was organized by dairy farmers Janice Lindley and Karen Jordan.

Photo: Runners made their way through the Lindley Dairy Farm in Snow Camp, NC as part of the Dairy Dash. 

The 4-mile race wound its way through the farm property and runners (and supporters)
were treated to delicious chocolate milk from Ran-Lew Dairy and scrumptious ice cream from Maple View Farm. SUDIA provided promotional items for goodie bags and t-shirts for the runners. The event was a fundraiser for the local 4-H dairy show.

Photo: A runner enjoys a delicious ice cream cone after completing the Dairy Dash.