Changing Perceptions on Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 2:02 PM


Wouldn’t it be boring to be a dietitian if dietary recommendations never changed, if study results didn’t contradict each other, or if new information never came along to blow our long-held beliefs out of the water?  One area of inquiry that has seen change is the in scientific knowledge on the role of saturated fat, and whole milk dairy products in particular, on cardiovascular disease risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Increasing Dairy Intake to 3 Servings: An Important First Step in Helping Those with Metabolic Syndrome

Posted by Judith Jarvis, MS, RD @ 1:48 PM


As we help patients with metabolic syndrome improve multiple risk factors, we recognize that suggesting small, incremental diet and lifestyle changes may help the new behaviors stick and not overwhelm people to the point of giving up.

A new study conducted in adults with metabolic syndrome found that just one change – increasing low-fat dairy intake to the recommended 3 servings per day with 1 percent milk, non-fat yogurt, and 2% cheese – improved fasting glucose in men and resulted in reduced body weight and waist circumference in women.  Read the rest of this entry »

Empowering Today’s Youth for Future Generations

Posted by Jean Ragalie-Carr, LD, RDN @ 2:53 PM


Every child deserves access to healthy foods and opportunities for daily physical activity to help ensure they are healthy and ready to learn. This is crucial not only for them, but also for the future of our nation. As a mother of three, it’s concerning that one in five households with children are food insecure and only 42% get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Even further, the majority of U.S. children do not consume the recommended daily servings from all food groups, missing essential nutrients for growth and development. These statistics threaten American’s youth today and the future health, productivity and livelihood for generations to come.

The way to a healthier America begins in our schools. American schools reach more than 55 million kids a day, 180 days a year, making them the right place to start when it comes to improving child health and wellness. Additionally, there is a very important connection between nutrition, physical activity and a child’s ability to learn, which often is referred to as the learning connection. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Dairy Help You Practice What You Preach

Posted by Stephanie Cundith, MS, RD, LD @ 10:21 AM


If I say to you, “Practice what you preach,” what do you think of? Here’s what comes to my mind: Does the advice I give to consumers, peers–and even my family and friends–on how to provide healthy foods to kids, match what I do when it comes to feeding my son? It’d better! Not only is it what’s best for him, but it also is best for my credibility.

This New Year, I challenge all of us to practice what we preach. As we talk to clients, patients, and families, think about what we do in our homes and for our families, and use this to steer our nutrition guidance.

Need somewhere to start? Try offering, and following, these tips: Read the rest of this entry »

Make a Difference with DASH!

Posted by Karen Kafer, RD @ 12:23 PM


With the New Year at a start, it’s time to think about what matters most – our heart. Although World Heart Day was celebrated last fall, its purpose was to inform the public that cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death around the globe, and that the risk for such diseases can be reduced by adopting healthier habits.

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Dairy in the Student Athlete’s Diet

Posted by Karen Kafer, RD @ 4:35 PM


Each year, nearly a half million student-athletes participate in college athletics across the U.S. These students devote up to 20 hours a week to intense training and competition to contribute to a successful athletic program,while striving to achieve a college degree. And, while many of the challenges they face take place on the field and in practice, one important challenge is meeting their nutritional needs.

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Lactose Intolerance Year At-A-Glance: Equipping Health Professionals with Lactose Intolerance-Dairy Friendly Tools

Posted by Karen Kafer, RD @ 8:32 AM


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season has past and it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and think ahead for 2014. For National Dairy Council (NDC), 2013 kick-started our renewed focus on lactose intolerance, aimed at providing resources for health professionals like you to share with your patients and clients to help them understand that lactose intolerance doesn’t have to mean dairy avoidance. As I think back on 2013, I want to share a few of those resources with you again: Read the rest of this entry »

Dairy Foods Help Nourish for Those in Need

Posted by Karen Kafer, RD @ 10:47 AM


Food banks and pantries around the country work diligently to provide food for many Americans, working and unemployed, who face food insecurity and are trying to feed their families. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is one example, working every day to provide nutritious foods to families in their community.  And, while it’s well accepted that nutrient-rich foods like milk and milk products are important for healthy living, fueling kids’ ability to grow and learn and maintaining a balanced diet, historically, food pantries have experienced challenges in providing milk because of lack of refrigeration space, short shelf-life and regulations at the state and local level. Read the rest of this entry »

National Dairy Council’s Renewed Support for Fuel Up to Play 60!

Posted by Jean Ragalie-Carr, LD, RDN @ 11:00 AM


As the President of the National Dairy Council (NDC), I am so proud to work for an organization that supports programs that really make a difference in children’s health. On Monday, December 9, dairy farmers, football players and the federal government celebrated their renewed five-year commitment to Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60), a public-private partnership launched in 2009 to transform child health and wellness in schools. Today, Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program, reaching 38 million kids in more than 73,000 active schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Regular vs. Organic Milk: Fatty Acid Composition

Posted by Gregory Miller, PhD, FACN @ 7:26 AM


Choosing between regular and organic cow’s milk has often been a debate for consumers, but today comes new discussion about the difference in the fatty acid composition of the two—with some researchers positing that organic provides a better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Currently the dialogue centers on the concept of whether there is an ideal fatty acid ratio among omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, with some identifying a ratio of 2:3 as the benchmark.

Some suggest that shifting the type of milk consumed by Americans could help nutritionally improve their omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ratio. But the question remains: is achieving an ideal fatty acid ratio significant to nutrition and health and is milk the best food source to accomplish this? Read the rest of this entry »