Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Balancing Taste and Nutrition in Flavored Milk for Kids

How often have you heard people say, “If it tastes good, it must be bad for you?”  Well, that’s not the case with flavored milk.  Most kids like the taste of flavored milk, and it has the same nine essential nutrients as white milk.  In fact, when given the choice, 70 percent of kids choose flavored milk.  Even so, milk companies — in response to public health concerns to improve child health and wellness — have been working for several years to change the recipe for flavored milks available to schools so they have fewer calories, added sugars, and fat – while maintaining the good taste that kids love.  (more…)

ChildObesity180 Provides Tools to Implement or Expand Your School Breakfast Program

Breakfast consumption among children has been associated with improved diet quality, physical fitness, and school performance, as well as reduced risk for overweight and obesity. Yet, an estimated 20 percent of children in the U.S. skip breakfast each day. The National School Breakfast Program (SBP) was established in 1966 as one strategy to increase the number of children eating breakfast, specifically among “nutritionally needy” school-aged children. Participation in the national SBP has been linked to improvements in the quality of children’s diets, as well as their readiness to learn. Although student participation in the SBP has risen steadily since its inception, the program remains underutilized. (more…)

Changing Perceptions on Saturated Fat and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

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. (more…)

Empowering Today’s Youth for Future Generations

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. (more…)

Dairy in the Student Athlete’s Diet

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.


Join Us at FNCE®!

Are you attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®) in Houston October 19-22? We certainly are, and we hope you come see us! National Dairy Council (NDC) has identified some educational sessions taking place this year that are related to the work that we do focusing on child health and wellness, bringing awareness and action to improve hunger in America and to being a part of a sustainable food system.  And we’re excited to share the latest information about dairy foods and health benefits at our exhibit booth with over 8,000 registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, registered nutrition researchers, health-care providers, public health and industry leaders who will be attending FNCE from all over the globe.

Our Academy partner session this year focuses on Sustainable Nutrition: Will We Be Able to Feed the World in 2050?  In addition, NDC is hosting a culinary demonstration featuring lactose intolerance friendly foods.

Want a sneak peak? Check out the information below highlight some of the sessions we want to attend: (more…)

(Guest Post) My Internship Experience at National Dairy Council: Surprises Learned about Dedication

This is a guest post written by Ashley Pearson, NDC’s Health & Wellness intern from January 2013 to August 2013. A graduate of Iowa State University, Ashley is currently in the MBA with coordinated dietetic internship program at Dominican University. To learn more about Ashley, check out her full bio here.

Wow! Looking back on my internship I realize how privileged I was to have this valuable experience at National Dairy Council (NDC). As an aspiring registered dietitian, I am interested in health and nutrition, specifically child health, since children are our future. I want to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to make healthy food choices and live an active lifestyle. During my internship at NDC I felt empowered to collaborate and contribute to various projects that help promote the importance of child health. (more…)

Working Together to Support Food Security

Ensuring domestic food security in the 21st century cannot be accomplished by one single organization or advocate. That’s why the dairy industry is committed to working together and alongside dedicated partners such as The Academy of Nutrition Dietetics to help create sustainable solutions that support the health of the earth and its growing population.


Our Focus on Nutrition and Sustainability

Food choices are more complex than ever before. Not only are we thinking about the nutritional impact of the foods we eat, but also about their environmental impact.  Providing healthy, nutritious products in a way that is environmentally conscientious has been central for the dairy industry, our farmers and our partners over the last decades. (more…)

(Guest Post) The People Behind our Dairy Foods

This is a guest post written by Judy A. Barbe, MS, RD, who has worked with Western Dairy Association since 1992.  Judy holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in food science and human nutrition from the University of Wyoming, and serves as a current spokesperson for the Wyoming Dietetic Association. To learn more about Judy, check out her full bio here.

People have enjoyed nutritious dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt for years.  One of nature’s original functional foods, dairy is simply wholesome and delivers great taste along with nutrients vital for good health. From fat-free to lactose-free, dairy foods are available in a variety of options and play an important role in consumers’ health and wellness.