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Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

New Dietary Guidelines Give Idahoans Much to Celebrate

, by Idaho Dairy Council

Encouraging healthy eating and physical activity habits at a young age creates a culture of good health, and FitOne is a great example of how a community comes together to celebrate fitness and nutrition. 

Earlier this year, we saw the new dietary guidelines released for all Americans. Interestingly, the new guidelines directly point out dairy as one food group people are not getting enough of. With all of the varieties of products available including  yogurts, cheese, even milk and whey protein powders, in addition to other delicious options – it’s so easy to incorporate dairy in the diet and improve nutrition and physical activity. Furthermore, dairy foods are also linked to multiple health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes and improved bone health.

You might be surprised to learn that Idaho dairy farmers also affect the dietary guidelines. As part of the National Dairy Council, Idaho farmers help fund research examining the health benefits of dairy products and milk protein. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider this credible, university-led research when updating the federal dietary guidelines every 5 years.

Here in the Gem State, the Idaho Dairy Council is devoted to providing science-based nutrition education at no charge. The Idaho Dairy Council’s team of Registered Dietitians works with scientists, health professionals, educators, athletic directors, coaches, and food assistance programs like WIC and the Idaho Foodbank’s Cooking Matters workshops to keep healthy choices top of mind.

Meanwhile, Gem State dairy farm families give back $1.6 million annually to support Idaho youth. All of it is focused on youth wellness initiatives and includes integrated health and nutrition information for classrooms, a standardized testing program that supplies string cheese to students taking I-SAT exams, and foodservice equipment grants that provide schools with the kitchen tools they need to offer healthier menu options.

So as we celebrate fitness with FitOne, take some time to review the new dietary guidelines at, and please visit for delicious, nutritious recipes that can help you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You can also download a complete 12-Week Nutrition Plan, a starting point to making healthier food choices and a tool to reach your own personal goals!

Chelsea Schoenfelder
Health & Wellness Manager, Idaho Dairy Council
Chelsea is a Registered Dietitian and oversees nutrition education materials and curriculum provided to health professionals and educators throughout the state of Idaho.

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