Celebrate American farmers during June Dairy Month
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:01 pm
ATLANTA — This year marks the 73rd celebration of June Dairy Month, which honors farmers across the country who work every day to provide fresh, wholesome dairy products to consumers.
This year’s theme is “Dairy Makes Cents,” and in today’s challenging economy, it’s important for Americans to make smart food choices when it comes to both price and nutrition. June Dairy Month aims to provide people with the information they need to choose pocket-friendly and nutrient-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
“‘Dairy Makes Cents’ is important because many Americans are struggling in today’s tough economy and worry about keeping their family healthy while staying within their budget,” said Janet Grubbs, manager of communications and nutrition, Southeast Dairy Association. “This June Dairy Month, we want to remind people that they can make the most of their budget by selecting foods high in nutrition, like milk, cheese and yogurt that won’t break the bank.”
In addition to June Dairy Month events across the Southeast, the Southeast Dairy Association is hosting a “Dairy Makes Cents” online poster contest — where visitors to the website can vote on which student is crowned the big cheese with the People’s Choice award. The 2010 June Dairy Month Activity Book also is available online and features a variety of educational activities to teach children about nutrition and the importance of fueling up with dairy foods. The book also provides games and puzzles that make dairy foods and farming fun.
“June Dairy Month is a great time to celebrate all the wholesome foods America’s dairy farmers provide to us year-round,” said Cheryl Hayn, general manager, Southeast Dairy Association. “Dairy foods are not only nutritious, but also economical, so families can feel good about eating healthy and saving money.”
To learn more about June Dairy Month, including information on the impact of the dairy industry in your state, visit www.southeastdairy.org/jdm.
Published in The Messenger 6.22.10