A Wholesome Dairy Inclusive Breakfast Sharpens the Mind, Benefits the Body and BeyondFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:54:29 CST
People often make the excuse they don’t have time to eat breakfast, much less a healthy, nutritious breakfast when they do. But if they knew about all the benefits they were missing out on from skipping a wholesome breakfast, would they rethink that decision? Particularly when it came to kids? Susan Allen is an advocate for breakfast and the benefits of nutrition and beyond found in the primary staple milk, and dairy of all kinds for that matter. Allen is with DairyMAX and travels all over spreading the organization’s message. She joined Radio Oklahoma Ag network Farm Director Ron Hays in studio this week, to discuss DairyMAX - what it does and why.
“DairyMAX is the Dairy Checkoff program and our job is to connect consumers with the dairy farmer to encourage them to get those three servings of milk, cheese and dairy everyday,” Allen said. “We cover central and western Oklahoma, all of Texas, all of New Mexico and parts of Southwest Kansas - 950 dairy farm families.”
Allen explains that consumers, more and more, want to know what farmers are doing to grow and produce their food.
“We’re helping them make that connection,” Allen said, “whether it be just in their local community or around town or on social media like Facebook.”
One of the projects Allen heavily invests her time in, is working with schools to promote effective school lunch and breakfast programs.
“DairyMAX and the Dairy Checkoff has had a real focus on schools for many, many years - really, close to a hundred years,” she said. “One of the things really near and dear to our hearts is school breakfast.”
With milk served as part of every school’s breakfast, this is extremely important for kids who need their daily nutrition as much as it is the dairy producers.
“That’s a really great place to be to impact the health of those kids,” Allen asserts, “and also just make sure they’re getting closer to their three servings everyday.”
Allen adds that by promoting breakfast programs, schools have seen increased participation and reap their own benefits.
“It also helps sharpen minds, so kids that eat breakfast actually have better test scores and they do better cognitively and have a better memory,” Allen emphasized.
For consumers looking for more information about milk and its benefits, Allen directs those interested to resources created by DairyMAX and the Dairy Checkoff. For simple recipes and ideas on how to include more dairy in your diet, visit www.dairydiscoveryzone.com or for more formal information you can also visit www.dairymax.org.
Allen will join Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays for his weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
You can listen to Hays and Allen’s complete off-camera interview right now, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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