On June 1, Onondaga County’s new Dairy Princess, Mary Burgett, visited Crouse Hospital’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center. The reason? To welcome the first boy and the first girl born in the county on the first day in June, National Dairy Month. She came bearing a gift basket for each of the babies and their moms, each including — what else? — a stuffed toy cow.
The babies welcomed were Jacob Ochoa, born 4:24 a.m. and weighing in at 6 pounds 14 ounces, and Raelyn Vermette, six pounds, six ounces, who arrived at 9:49 a.m.
Princess Mary, who will enter her senior year at Tully High School this fall, says her role isn’t all glitz and glamour. “My responsibility as Dairy Princess for Onondaga County is to speak to school groups and at community events to educate people about the role dairy products play in maintaining good health,” she explained. Mary, one of five children all born at Crouse, lives on her family’s dairy farm in Tully.
According to Maureen Fauler, RD, CDN, MHA, manager of clinical nutrition services at Crouse Hospital, dairy products provide essential nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorous and potassium. “Low-fat dairy products contribute to a healthy, well-balanced diet,” she says.