World Champion Swimmer and Michigan Native Allison Schmitt Teams Up with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to Promote Chocolate Milk and Good Nutrition for All Ages

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OKEMOS, MI – Michigan native and gold medal winning swimmer, Allison Schmitt, relies on low-fat chocolate milk to help fuel her recovery and deliver her best both in and out of the pool.

Schmitt is partnering with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote chocolate milk and good nutrition to schools and student-athletes throughout Michigan. With many parents identifying chocolate milk as a ‘sometimes’ drink, this opportunity allows for Schmitt to share how chocolate milk fits into her daily routine. As an advocate for living a healthy and active lifestyle, Schmitt knows the important role milk plays in growth and development because of the nine essential nutrients it provides.

“When I train and compete, I expend a lot of energy whether that be in the pool or weight room and I need something to help recover properly and better prepare me for my next workout,” Allison Schmitt said. “That’s where low-fat chocolate milk is important to my routine and ability to refuel and rebuild. I rely on chocolate milk to deliver the nutrients I need to compete at the highest level.”

Allison Schmitt has amassed 18 medals in major international competition throughout her career including 12 gold, four silver and two bronze. In addition to being a world champion swimmer, Schmitt is passionate about giving back to the community and frequently visits schools and swimming organizations in her hometown of Canton, Michigan to inspire students with her message.

 “We are proud to work with an athlete of Allison’s caliber in the promotion of chocolate milk. Her passion for sports and her infectious enthusiasm will translate well into our sports nutrition, school wellness and advertising programs,” says Sharon Toth, Chief Executive Officer of UDIM. “She also shares the values of our dairy farm families with a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence and family.”

About Allison Schmitt:
Allison Schmitt, who is represented by Octagon, graduated from the University of Georgia as an 11-time NCAA champion, four-time national champion in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle swimming events, and helped guide the Bulldogs to a team title in 2013. The Honda Sports Awards winner in 2013 for swimming, given to the best female athlete in the country, obtained her degree in Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Development. Follow Allison’s endeavors both in and out of the water on Twitter:@arschmitty and Instagram: @arschmitty

About UDIM:
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan is the umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan. On behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, these non-profit organizations provide science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. For more information, visit