Here are a few stories about your dairy checkoff programs in South Carolina. If you have any questions or need promotional materials please contact me.
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Yogurt Parfait Program Increases Dairy Consumption in Beaufort County Schools
Through the ADA of South Carolina, in 2014 the Beaufort County School system received two Fuel Up to Play 60 grants to start a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar during breakfast. The parfaits were so successful that the school system placed them in all 30 schools within Beaufort County. Because of the yogurt program, the school system has seen an increase of over 100,000 breakfasts and 6,000 pounds of dairy served over the previous school year. Due to the success in Beaufort County, the parfait bars have expanded into Oconee, York, Richland and Charleston County school districts. The impact of the original two grants has expanded to reach 113 different schools and over 76,000 students!

Photo: Charleston County Schools are excited about adding yogurt parfait bars to their breakfast service.
Heart-Healthy Dairy Recipes Featured on Lowcountry Live in Charleston
In celebration of National Heart Month, the ADA of South Carolina's Mickela Mitchell appeared on ABC News 4 Lowcounty Live in Charleston on February 13. She featured heart-healthy dairy recipes, reaching thousands of consumers.
Click here to watch the interview.

Photo: ADA of South Carolina's Mickela Mitchell and Tom Crawford with Lowcountry Live talk about dairy and heart health.
South Carolina Dietitian Appointed to SUDIA's Health and Wellness Advisory Board
The newest member of SUDIA's Health and Wellness Advisory Board is South Carolina registered dietitian and PhD Nina Crowley. Dr. Crowley is a program coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina where she has spent the past 10 years working with bariatric surgery patients. She is very active in the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as their Public Policy Coordinator. She is also an integral part of various work groups that focus on reducing obesity in South Carolina. SUDIA's Health and Wellness Advisory Board offers expertise and guidance to our staff as we continue to work with health professionals across the Southeast to promote the health benefits of dairy.

Photo: Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD from the Medical University of South Carolina, joins SUDIA's Health and Wellness Advisory Board.
Southeast Dairy Farmer Talks Tech at South by Southwest Conference
In March, Alabama dairy farmer Will Gilmer represented dairy farmers from the Southeast at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW is an event that brings together people from around the globe to celebrate music, film and technology. DMI invited Gilmer and nine other dairy farmers from across the county to participate in the festival and talk to consumers about technology in the dairy field. Click here to read more about the event.

Photo: Alabama dairy farmer Will Gilmer participates in the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.