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Celebrating 100 Years of Elevating Health through Nutrition


  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • 3 Minute Read   


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – July 10, 2019 – Dairy Council of California, a quasi-state government nutrition education organization, proudly celebrates its 100-year anniversary. While the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to elevating the health of children and families in California, it is evolving well beyond its nutrition education curriculum to focus on empowering community advocates to make an even bigger difference.

“We are proud of our rich history as champions for children’s health and advocates of nutrition education to support community health,” said Tammy Anderson-Wise, CEO of Dairy Council of California. “On behalf of California dairy farmers and processors, for the past 100 years Dairy Council of California has elevated the health of children and families in California and beyond by providing them with important nutrition education resources to make healthy eating easier.”

Founded in 1919 by dairymen Sam Greene and Chester Earl Gray, Dairy Council of California’s efforts originally focused on educating the public on the nutritional value of dairy foods, which led to the introduction of milk into schools as a solution to improving children’s health. Since then, Dairy Council of California has continued to lead as experts in nutrition with science-based classroom curriculum centered on nutrition education; Mobile Dairy Classroom assemblies to help children understand where their food comes from; and nutrition resources to help influencers like educators, health and wellness providers and community leaders teach how to make the best food choices from a realistic and inclusive perspective. Through its nutrition resources and programs, Dairy Council of California has educated more than 100 million people.

Today, Dairy Council of California empowers more than 4 million schoolchildren and families each year to live healthfully through healthy eating habits.

“The true success of Dairy Council of California comes from partnerships,” said Anderson-Wise. “In the coming years, through strong partnerships and collaborations, we will have more opportunities to educate and empower people to embrace healthy eating habits, which can improve their lives and ultimately foster healthier communities.”

To remain successful for another 100 years, Dairy Council of California will continue leveraging Trends, a powerfully effective tracking system that monitors and assesses current food and nutrition trends. Through Trends, Dairy Council of California can respond to the current environment of nutrition and anticipate where food trends are headed, giving foresight to address topics using the latest in nutrition research and science.

“We live in a culture that is fast-paced and ever changing,” said Anderson-Wise. “By staying current on the latest in nutrition research and focusing on topics that matter, Dairy Council of California is well-positioned to carry out its cause, advocating for children’s health through nutrition education for another 100 years.”

Learn more about Dairy Council of California’s rich history, programs and resources at HealthyEating.org/Our-Cause.