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National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC) provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society on behalf of U.S. dairy farmers. NDC is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™.

Fuel Up to Play 60
A partnership of the National Dairy Council and National Football League, Fuel Up To Play 60 is designed to engage, incent and reward more than 36 million youth nationwide for choosing nutrient-rich foods and getting more physical activity. Get a school in your community involved today!

GENYOUth is on a mission to inspire and educate youth to improve their nutrition and increase physical activity, and we believe youth must lead the way. GENYOUth was founded through an unprecedented public-private partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) committed to child health and wellness.

USDA's MyPlate helps educate the public on the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which emphasizes a total diet approach, urging Americans to reduce calories , watch portion sizes, make more nutrient-rich choices, and move more. The new MyPlate highlights dairy as an essential part of every meal.

The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC)
HUSSC is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
A Web site that provides information on how farmers, processors, retailers and others are joining together to explore how to better deliver nutritious dairy foods, beverages and ingredients for the health of people, communities and the earth.

Let’s Move
Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity.

Action for Healthy Kids
The nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to improve nutrition and physical activity to help kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn.

Agriculture in the Classroom
Learn about the state by state resources for an agricultural curriculum theme.

Best Bones Forever
Build strong bones with help from this Department of Health and Human Services campaign that encourages girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D.

Milk Matters
Milk Matters is a public health education campaign of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHHD) to promote calcium consumption among tweens and teens, especially during the ages of 11 to 15, a time of critical bone growth. Find resources and tools for helping kids increase their calcium intake.

Milk Delivers
Request got Milk? school cafeteria banners, gymnasium banners or to order free milk sampling kits and other promotional items. Call MilkPEP (milk processor education program) at 1 800-945-MILK (6455) or call the milk processor who delivers to your school to put in a request.

Tray Talk
Share your School Nutrition Success Stories on this School Nutrition Association site. Join in the conversation to promote Communities for Healthy School Meals.

USDA National Agricultural Library
The National Agriculture Library advances access to global information about agriculture. In the Food & Nutrition section, you can find information and resources on food safety, dietary health guidelines, nutrient composition of foods, research studies and meal planning. Find a collection of educational materials for teachers, parents and students featuring valuable learning tools on the varied aspects of agriculture, health, nutrition, and science on the Education & Outreach section.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Find information about USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs and Team Nutrition education programs and resources for educators and school nutrition programs.

National Dairy Council’s Whey For You
Whey protein is a high-quality protein found naturally in dairy foods, and it provides the protein your body can best use to help promote better health. For an extra boost, add whey protein to your healthy, active lifestyle.

The Whey Protein Institute
The Whey Protein Institute was formed in 2001 and provides credible information about whey proteins for consumers. Their goal is to educate and build awareness of the excellent health and nutritional qualities of whey proteins. Find detailed facts and information on whey protein and how to incorporate it into your diet.

National PTA®
National PTA comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
AAHPERD is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to promote and support creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.


Child Nutrition Health Education Toolkit
A new online toolkit that is a “one-stop shop” for the latest information on child nutrition and dairy, including two science-based turnkey presentations, fact sheets, and advertorial, a white paper on the importance of dairy foods in child nutrition programs and a report on school milk.

Professional Health and Nutrition Associations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Your link to nutrition and health tips, fact sheets, campaigns, research studies, and policy initiatives and advocacy from the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Also, access ADA’s latest publications for consumers and health professionals. National Dairy Council is proud to have the support of the ADA.

School Nutrition Association
Find the latest ideas and news on child nutrition programs, wellness policy development, continuing education, meetings and events and much more of what is happening in school foodservice across the country.

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