Dairy Industry Celebrates Michigan Dairy Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol — June 6, 2018

Dairy Industry Celebrates Michigan Dairy Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol

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Event highlights nutrition, economic impact and celebrates dairy farmers, companies

June 6, 2018

Governor Rick Snyder declared today, June 6, 2018, as Dairy Day in Michigan. Representatives of Michigan’s dairy industry gathered on the Capitol lawn in downtown Lansing to celebrate the state’s dairy industry and farmers, the dairy sector’s contribution to Michigan’s economy, and the role it plays in feeding Michiganders.

Dairy Foods Awareness Day – hosted by the Michigan Dairy Foods Association, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – featured free samples of locally produced dairy foods. The celebration included a special appearance by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist soccer player and Michigan native, Lindsay Tarpley, of Portage.

Senator Margret O’Brien and Jason Wataga

“Dairy makes up the single largest segment of Michigan’s agriculture industry and is an integral part of the state’s economy,” said MDARD Director Gordon Wenk. “Michigan is home to large dairy processors using state-of-the-art technologies to create delicious, value-added dairy products, some of which were available for sampling today. And, Michigan is second only to Vermont in the number of small non-traditional (artisan) dairy processors. The state is ripe for growth for more dairy processing, large or small, and MDARD is ready to help those companies call Michigan home.”

“Dairy Foods Awareness Day is a great opportunity for legislators, staff and the public to learn about the economic impact that the dairy industry has in our state,” said Jason Wadaga. “Michigan’s dairy industry has a $15.7 billion impact on the state’s economy annually, and generates nearly 40,000 jobs directly and indirectly, both on and off the farm. Dairy is the leading segment of Michigan’s agriculture economy contributing nearly 22 percent of the total cash receipts.”

Milk production at Michigan’s 1,627 dairy farms ranks 6th nationally, with 11.2 billion pounds of milk produced in 2017 (30 million pounds of milk produced per day). Michigan leads the nation in pounds of milk produced

IMG_1155per dairy cow, with 26,320 pounds of milk produced per cow in 2017. The total pounds of milk produced in Michigan has increased by 94 percent since 2000, and the total number of dairy cows has increased by 40 percent, from 304,000 cows to 426,000 cows.

Representatives from Michigan businesses and the dairy industry offered free dairy product samples, ranging from cheese and sour cream dips, to pizza, butter cookies, milk, and ice cream. Participating businesses included the MSU Dairy Store, Country Dairy, Michigan Dairy/Kroger Co., Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, Country Fresh (Dean Foods), Prairie Farms, Domino’s Pizza, and McDonald’s.

Tarpley gave pointers to parents and caregivers on how to help children improve their eating habits, stressed the importance of good nutrition and physical activity for children, and demonstrated how dairy fits into a well-balanced, healthy meal plan. State Senator Judy Emmons (R – District 33), a dairy farmer; State Representative Julie Alexander (R – District 64), a long-time member and supporter of the dairy industry; and Jason Wadaga, executive director of the Michigan Dairy Foods Association, also participated in the program.

Senator Margret O’Brien with 2-time Olympic Gold medalist soccer player Lindsay Tarpley

Dairy Foods Awareness Day is traditionally celebrated in Michigan during June, National Dairy Month. Americans are encouraged to reduce risks of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity and colon cancer through consumption of dairy products.

“Dairy Day and National Dairy Month are great reminders to get the recommended

three servings of dairy daily, not only from milk, but also cheese and yogurt, foods that are valuable sources of essential nutrients our bodies need,” said Sharon Toth, chief executive officer, United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Consumption of milk and milk products is associated with better bone health and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure. Dairy foods can also help Americans get the recommended levels of calcium, vitamin D and protein from their diets.”

For more information about Michigan’s dairy industry, visit http://www.milkmeansmore.org.


Healthcare’s New Era Gets New Leadership — April 6, 2016

Healthcare’s New Era Gets New Leadership

The landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation resembles a compass reading more than a specific GPS location. Healthcare is currently navigating the early stages of the new ACA landscape with its broad implications gradually emerging. Massive demographic changes, such as the shift to geriatric care, are causing unprecedented changes in practice process and patient care technology.

In this new age of health care, doctors must find, invent, and adopt:

  • New insights,
  • New leadership skills, and
  • New care delivery practices.

Dr. Crystal Holmes was sworn in as MPMA president in January. Profiles magazine caught up with her recently to get her take on the future of health care.MAPMA (41 of 55)

Q: What are you most excited about for the future of the profession?
A: I am excited about our ability to improve the quality of our patients’ lives every day. Whether it’s correcting a deformity, diagnosing a skin cancer, or helping a patient overcome a serious infection, podiatric physicians can make a tremendous impact on our patient’s lives. This is great for the future of our profession but, more importantly, for the future of our community.

Q: What obstacles must be overcome?
A: I think all physicians have a love/hate relationship with EMR. In theory, using this technology should have significantly improved quality of care, but that’s not exactly what has happened. Podiatric physicians and all health professionals are under increased scrutiny, time constraints, and seemingly endless bureaucracy. While EMR systems allow for remarkable and sometimes valuable data collection, it creates a large deficit in patient-doctor relationships. To really improve the quality of our patient care, we must find creative solutions that allow us to both use EMR and engage with our patients.

Q: Do you see ICD-10 as friend or foe?
A: Neither. ICD–10 is a part of the constantly changing landscape of our healthcare system.

Q: Can you name a person who has had a major impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
A: I have a mentorship team that guides me both professionally and personally. My former residency director, Dr. Lawrence Harkless, has an enthusiasm for learning that motivates and inspires me. He’s a true pioneer in our profession. My best friend and husband provides a perspective on medicine-related issues that’s unique and refreshing. That’s important to me personally.

Q: What are the most important decisions you will make as a leader of the MPMA?
A: Over the next year, I will ask the membership to make a pivotal decision about the direction of the MPMA. I am extremely fortunate that my predecessors have left the MPMA in such a strong position. We have a strong membership base, fiscal stability, and proven success in our educational ventures. Now is the time, I believe, for us to take a more active and robust approach to resolve recurrent issues related to parity.

Q: As organizations age and grow, there can often be a tendency for the “institution” to dampen the “inspiration.” How do you prevent this from happening?
A: By focusing on improving in every possible way every day.

Q: Where do the great ideas come from in the MPMA organization?
A: One word: members! Our members are phenomenal. We have so many great, hard-working individuals who make sure the MPMA is one of the most vibrant and productive state organizations in the country. Our membership is our most valuable resource.

Q: What is the one characteristic that you believe every MPMA leader should have?
A: During my speech at last month’s meeting, I reflected on the great leadership of the MPMA and the common characteristics our leaders share. Dr. Irvin Kanat and Dr. Glen Gastwirth embody our MPMA leadership core values: Do what is best for the MPMA membership and what is best for the profession.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing podiatrists today?
A: Parity. The podiatric profession has changed tremendously. We are an integral part of the healthcare team. I think the most obvious example of this is our ability to positively impact the lives of patients with diabetes and the prevention of lower extremity complications. Our podiatric students have four years of medical school, three years of residency training, and a focus on the lower extremity, the same as allopathic and osteopathic students. We are not asking for an exception. Seeking parity in areas where education and training are equivalent is reasonable.

Q: What are the top resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better podiatrist?
A: I have three recommendations:

First, be a lifelong learner. As podiatric physicians, we often think about lifelong learning related to medicine, such as reading journals and learning new surgical techniques. But in this day and age, lifelong learning in medicine also extends to technology. Our ability to accept and adapt will make our lives and our patients’ lives better.

Second, be appreciative. Appreciate all the gifts given to us in health, family and resources. Use these gifts and focus on making a difference in the lives of your patients, your colleagues, and your community.

Third, be active. Participate in membership meetings, attend educational programs, and donate to the APMA and the MPMA PAC, which supports active lobbying in our interests. Mentor our young members who are our greatest resources.

Q: What advice would you give to someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
A: Seek insight and guidance. Make a difference. Enjoy the journey.