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Dairy checkoff & Mayo Clinic partner to improve public health


The dairy industry is always working with other professionals to advance its goals. To achieve those goals, the dairy checkoff has entered a five-year collaboration with Mayo Clinic to explore research and consumer outreach efforts to improve public health and advance dairy’s benefits.

The checkoff’s memorandum of understanding with Mayo entails Dairy Management Inc., National Dairy Council, and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. The collaboration will be incorporated across Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida. 

“This is a milestone moment for dairy farmers who made this possible through their century-long commitment to research and dairy nutrition,” said DMI CEO Barbara O’Brien. “This is a powerful collaboration that shows how the dairy checkoff is expanding our scientific network to bring a modernized complement to our legacy and move us further into the future.”

Three focus areas

Teams comprised of NDC scientists and registered dietitians, Mayo Clinic physicians and health professionals as well as Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy experts will lead initiatives focused on three areas:

  1. Research to discover how dairy foods, particularly whole milk dairy, impacts cardiovascular health and metabolic conditions. Other potential research areas include dairy’s role on calm, sleep, digestive health and immunity.
  2. Communicating dairy’s strong body of evidence, new research and insights with the scientific community, health and wellness professionals and consumers.
  3. Exploring dairy’s role through digital platforms to propel people into a new way of precisely managing their wellness.

In addition, co-created content will help debunk dairy myths and help consumers maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses.

DMI CEO Barbara O’Brien and DMI Chair and Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey spoke about this unique partnership.

“This collaboration illustrates the checkoff’s consumer-first focus and our commitment to leading with credible science,” said Hershey.

For information about the dairy checkoff, visit the U.S. dairy website.

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