What Does the Dairy Council Do?
The National Dairy Council and its local dairy associations offer a variety of resources to help school nutrition professionals and educators provide healthy and kid-friendly meals, improve the school wellness environment and teach students about dairy’s journey from farm to school.
Recipes for Schools
Milk, cheese and yogurt contribute essential nutrients to school meal programs. In fact, milk is the number one food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in children’s diets, nutrients that one out of two kids ages 9 and up aren’t getting enough of. Additionally, studies show that consuming dairy foods can improve the overall nutritional quality of the diet, including in children and teens. These simple recipes provide easy ways to incorporate more dairy in a school menu.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is the leading nutrition and physical activity program in the country launched by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program encourages youth to eat nutrient-rich foods like low fat and fat free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Beyond health and wellness, the program offers students leadership opportunities that help them gain confidence and lifelong skills through teamwork with their peers and adults at their schools. As a result of the program, 13 million students are making better food choices, and 16 million students are getting more physically active during the school day since the program began.
Discover Undeniably Dairy
Discovery Education has partnered with the National Dairy Council and America’s dairy farm families and importers to bring 5th–8th grade classes behind-the-scenes of the dairy community. Through this curriculum, students can learn about modern farming, dairy’s journey from farm to school and the innovations that are helping farmers care for cows and communities. Features include a virtual field trip, a 360º video experience and an interactive 360º hot spot image with accompanying activities and educator guides.
Your local dairy council may offer additional resources such as recipes, technical assistance and grant opportunities. For example, the American Dairy Association Mideast provides tools for school foodservice directors , grants to Ohio and West Virginia schools serving K-12 to support sustainable menu changes featuring white and flavored milk, yogurt and cheese, and Farm to School educational materials to teach students about the connection between good nutrition and the role farmers play in creating wholesome dairy foods and protecting our environment.