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Michelle Barber
12 09, 2017

Dinnertime with Kids

By |September 12th, 2017

08 09, 2017

Flavored Milk: A Nutrient Powerhouse

By |September 8th, 2017

30 08, 2017

Dairy Aisle Grows with New Products

By |August 30th, 2017

28 08, 2017

The Impact of Dairy

By |August 28th, 2017

I confess, milk is something I take for granted. It takes little effort to reach into the refrigerator and pull out milk, or to run to the store and pick up a fresh gallon. I never considered milk a luxury, until I spoke with the York family from Western Pennsylvania.
Meet the York Family
Margaret York is the family matriarch. Retired, her job is helping to run a nine-person household. She lives in a three-bedroom house with her daughter, LaTonya York, a 43-year-old, full-time working mom. In addition, Margaret helps look after LaTonya’s one child and niece. The seven children are […]

17 08, 2017

Top Starbucks Drink Picks by this RD 2 Be and Barista

By |August 17th, 2017

Along with being a college senior in a nutrition and dietetics program, I am also a part-time Barista at Starbucks. Through my 2-and-a-half-year tenure there and my nutrition classes, I have found the best drinks for health-conscious customers.

These drinks are high in protein, with vitamins and minerals that help your body stay strong and healthy. From the vast possibilities of drinks at Starbucks (and believe me, there are THOUSANDS of combinations and options!), I have come up with four of my favorite good-for-you drinks.

The Smoothie

Everyone knows the Frappuccino, but Starbucks offers another type of frozen blended drink; smoothies! They […]

14 08, 2017

Dairy Farmer, Registered Dietitian, AND Ironman!

By |August 14th, 2017

Well folks it’s me here, your dairy farmer-dietitian…. and…. Ironman! After taking a few weeks to recover and absorb the feeling of being an IRONMAN, I wanted to recap my race day thoughts and reflections of this Ironman Lake Placid journey… Thank you for all the support and well-wishes – they really helped push me to the finish line!

Pre-Ironman Jitters
Considering how much can happen in the 14 hours and 4 minutes it took me to complete Ironman Lake Placid, I made it through race day with only a few minor hiccups.

Heading up to Lake Placid was a mixture of […]

Portion Control
14 07, 2017

11 Can’t Miss Portion Control Tips

By |July 14th, 2017

29 06, 2017

5 Last Minute Beach Body Tips

By |June 29th, 2017

Rising temperatures means shedding layers of clothes. If the idea of showing more skin – and your beach body – during swimsuit season makes you cringe, there is good news – making small, simple changes to your day-to-day routine can help you get from flab to fab.

Here are five diet and lifestyle suggestions to send you toward flatter abs:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Many people don’t realize that under-hydrating can make you feel bloated, increase constipation, and sometimes even slow body fat loss. Health experts suggest women drink 90 to 120 ounces of fluid a day. If you’re a sweat […]

01 06, 2017

Celebrate #WorldMilkDay !

By |June 1st, 2017

boy with chocolate milk in school
19 05, 2017

7 Reasons to KEEP Flavored Milk in Schools

By |May 19th, 2017

via The Impulsive Buy
18 05, 2017

The Day Dairy Fat Stopped Me in My Tracks

By |May 18th, 2017

Have a low-fat stamp on your forehead? I used to. As a registered dietitian of nearly 40 years, I am seeing the message around dairy fat changing. Dairy fat isn’t the dirty word that it has been. I was sampling foods during a professional meeting the day dairy fat stopped me in my tracks.

Dietitians love to taste food samples so that we can then take that information back to those we advise. Businesses know this and so, at professional meetings, there are always many opportunities to try new food offerings. The recent Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting […]

Student with milk
30 04, 2017

Milk: It does a college student’s body good!

By |April 30th, 2017

I teach a basic nutrition class at a local college. One of my students’ projects, The Dietary Analysis, is to keep track of all the food they eat for three days and then assess its nutritional quality.

The assignment looks at whether the student is meeting the basic USDA recommendations for each food group from MyPlate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy). The dairy data from my class was disappointing. Here’s the breakdown for 23 students:

Students with 3 (or more) dairy servings daily

Students with 2 dairy servings daily

Students with 1 dairy serving daily

Students with 0 dairy servings daily


As a registered dietitian, […]

10 04, 2017

5 Diet Tips that Actually Work

By |April 10th, 2017

28 03, 2017

Lactose Intolerance Facts: Can I Still Drink Dairy?

By |March 28th, 2017

One of the most frequent questions we hear about lactose intolerance is, can I still drink dairy?

Yes! There are ways for people with lactose intolerance to enjoy their favorite dairy foods, while benefiting from the wholesome nutrients found in milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions – and answers – we received during Lactose Intolerance Month in February.
What is lactose intolerance?
The inability to fully digest a naturally occurring sugar (lactose) found in milk and other dairy products. With this condition, the body does not make enough of an enzyme (lactase) needed to break down […]

23 03, 2017

Fueling Young Athletes: A Sneak Peek

By |March 23rd, 2017

Stacey Jackson
08 03, 2017

From Dancer to Dietitian

By |March 8th, 2017

milk bottles
20 02, 2017

Spoiler Alert! The common confusion behind “Sell-By” dates

By |February 20th, 2017

02 02, 2017

Introducing Dairy to Your Baby

By |February 2nd, 2017

parm rinds
24 01, 2017

Top 5 Dairy Food Trends to Watch in 2017

By |January 24th, 2017

As we usher in a new year, a few dairy food trends are on our radar. It’s once again cool to have fresh, home-cooked meals made with locally-sourced food. Where food comes from, how it’s made, and food waste prevention are all the rage this year, boiling down to 2017 being a pivotal year for sustainable eats. Here are a few of the top trends to keep an eye open for this year:

1 – Making calories count
With growing evidence that fats are an essential part of a balanced diet, our love affair with “low fat” anything appears to be […]

19 01, 2017

5 Cheeses Full of Taste but Low in Calories

By |January 19th, 2017

02 12, 2016

The Skinny on Saturated Fat: 5 Facts About Saturated Fat That Will Surprise You

By |December 2nd, 2016

02 09, 2016

At a time of disagreement, there is agreement about milk

By |September 2nd, 2016

i love milk
02 02, 2016

10 good reasons to LOVE milk on Valentine’s Day (and every day)

By |February 2nd, 2016

Village of People
01 12, 2015

It Does Take a Village

By |December 1st, 2015

family dinner
08 09, 2015

Importance of Families and Family Meals

By |September 8th, 2015

cow and milk
11 08, 2015

Got milk? Got hormones? Got problems!

By |August 11th, 2015

American cheese
13 07, 2015

Is American Cheese Really Un-American?

By |July 13th, 2015

15 06, 2015

Misguided Good Intentions

By |June 15th, 2015

Hunger 5K Run
15 04, 2015

7 Ways to Get Ready for Your Next Race

By |April 15th, 2015

02 04, 2015

Staying in Shape with Dairy

By |April 2nd, 2015

Kraft cheese
31 03, 2015

Keep calm and say cheese.

By |March 31st, 2015

Children in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program running
29 03, 2015

Spring into Fitness

By |March 29th, 2015

Lactose Free Greek Yogurt
09 03, 2015

Greek Yogurt for the Lactose and Gluten Intolerant

By |March 9th, 2015

27 02, 2015

Trending: Bone Broth Or Will the Real Bone Broth Please Stand Up

By |February 27th, 2015

24 02, 2015

Protein Lovers, Rejoice: We Have fairlife©!

By |February 24th, 2015

Toddler Drinking Milk
13 02, 2015

Feeding Your Toddler – How Much Milk Do They Need?

By |February 13th, 2015

22 01, 2015

Program Advisor Hall of Fame: Want to Get In?

By |January 22nd, 2015

beatles records, dairy and aging article
15 01, 2015

When I’m Sixty-Four

By |January 15th, 2015

fitness with dairy facts
02 01, 2015

Make Dairy Part of Your Fitness Routine

By |January 2nd, 2015

21 11, 2014

Keep Calm and Thanksgiving On

By |November 21st, 2014

16 11, 2014

National Diabetes Month: Following the DASH Diet

By |November 16th, 2014

07 11, 2014

Breakfast Makeover of Northeast High School

By |November 7th, 2014

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with Marc Michaels, the Program Advisor at Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Pa., and members of his Fuel Up to Play 60 team. During our meeting, the students shared their vision of renovating a section of the cafeteria to create a breakfast corner. The Grab ‘n’ Go option would allow students to choose from a variety of nutritious options. Students would be able to take their custom-made meals to go, so they can benefit from a morning meal.

What impressed me the most about these students was their passion. Working through the […]

15 10, 2014

A Grande Mess

By |October 15th, 2014

17 09, 2014

Milk Goes to College

By |September 17th, 2014

11 09, 2014

Move Your Play Station Outside

By |September 11th, 2014