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Alice in Dairyland Visits Farnsworth
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Visiting her home county of Sheboygan, Ashley Huibregtse, the 61st Alice in Dairyland is wrapping up her year and is still striving to educate students.

During visits to Farnsworth Middle School's Family and Consumer Education classes Huibregtse shared a program that outlines healthy beverage choices, including milk. Teenagers face a refrigerator full of beverage options every day, and they often choose the drink least suited for their dietary needs. Soda, sports drinks, and "designer drinks" limit consumption of milk when students need it the most.

The campaign Fuel Up with Milk is aimed at helping high school students become more conscious of beverage choices. Few realize the negative impact of decreased calcium in their diet. Therefore, this program will educate teenagers about the importance of healthy choices for a healthy body. Students were even able to test their knowledge through a fun, interactive 'Jeopardairy' game.

"Consumers have an array of choices that they can make at the grocery store and vending machine," noted Huibregtse. "Dairy products are a great choice, and as our state's official beverage they support Wisconsin's diverse agriculture industry, which generated $51.5 billion each year."

Alice in Dairyland works for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She travels the state to promote Wisconsin agricultural products and educate youth and civic groups about the state's agriculture industry. The Drink Dos and Don'ts is one of several programs she'll share during her year-long term. Fuel Up with Milk is sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and the generous support of Wisconsin's dairy farm families.

To schedule Alice in Dairyland for an event or speaking engagement, contact Nicole Breunig at 608-224-5080 or email at DATCPAlice@wisconsin.gov.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
June 3, 2009