Saturday, June 5, 2010
Happy Cows in Arkansas
Do we have happy cows on our farm? A student at Hellstern Middle School in Springdale asked this question during the celebration assembly for winning the Fuel Up to Play 60 online contest at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com. The contest was designed to track students daily healthy eating and physical activity habits while providing educational challenges and encouraging friend recruitment to the program. As a dairy farmer and dairy mom, I am proud to be a part of Fuel Up to Play 60 because it is designed to prevent and help combat childhood obesity and help youth develop life-long healthy eating and daily physical activity habits. My response to the students in thirty seconds or less was Yes-we have happy cows on our farm! Our cows are happy because they are provided with a specially formulated nutritional diet, have access to cool clean water, are milked twice daily, rest in green pastures, and are much loved and cared for by the dairy farmer! You can read more about the Hellstern assembly on the Dairy Makes Sense blog and find more information about enrolling your school in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at www.midwestdairy.com. Take this thought one step further--happy cows equal happy farmers!