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  • Vast Majority of Schools Now Meet the Updated Meals Standards

    Great news from the USDA... Statement from Secretary Vilsack on New Data Showing the Vast Majority of Schools Now Meet the Updated Meals Standards WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement today after USDA's Food and Nutrition Service issued new data showing that 95 percent of schools are successfully meeting the updated meal standards made possible by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: "Updated healthy school meal standards were created based on the expert advice of pediatricians and nutrition experts and are being widely embraced by students, parents, educators, and nutrition professionals. We...

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  • School Nutrition Employee Week - Stories of School Lunch Heroes

    We recently held a School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway asking individuals to share stories of someone or a group of nutrition professionals making a difference in schools.  We received so many incredible stories, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives. "The cafeteria manager for Freedom Middle School enthusiastically prepares breakfast and lunch meals...

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  • Older Americans Month 2015: “Get into the Act”

    Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. As generations grow older, their nutrition needs also change. Learning ZoneXpress has developed a variety of easy-to-read resources with older adults in mind. Topics covered include sodium, hydration, food safety, and MyPlate. Our MyPlate for Older Adults items feature a unique...

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  • USDA Announces Grants to Enable More Farmers Markets to Serve Low-Income Families

    A great way to spread healthy habits… SNAP Recipients Can Now Purchase Fresh Fruit, Vegetables at More Than 6,200 Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farms WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 – Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a form of payment. These awards will help expand SNAP participants' access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods found at farmers markets...

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  • May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

    Learning ZoneXpress is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge everyone to get the recommended physical activity guidelines for children and adults. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults: • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves. • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans...

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  • Stories of School Lunch Heroes Continued

    We recently held a School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway asking individuals to share stories of someone or a group of nutrition professionals making a difference in schools.  We received so many incredible stories, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives. "I would like to submit a short story about Deb Pacholke, our head...

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  • I Scream, You Scream…We All Scream for Summer $5 Poster Sale!

    Summer days are about to begin which means it’s time to kick off our first “SUMMER SALE” of the season. For ONE WEEK ONLY you can take advantage of huge savings on a limited supply of some really great posters. In fact, the savings are so hot that prices on select posters are more than cut in half! The Learning ZoneXpress Summer Sale starts Tuesday, May 5th through Tuesday, May 12th and offers 50 posters for only $5 each.* This poster supply is limited so don’t wait to stock up and save on posters featuring topics on: USDA MyPlate, fruits...

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  • Who are your School Lunch Heroes?

    We received so many incredible stories for our School Nutrition Employee Week Giveaway, we want to share them with you throughout this month. These individuals go above and beyond each day to supply nutrition foods to our youth and encourage healthy habits. They are proud of their work and so are we! Thank you to all of you for playing such an important role in children's lives. "Our kitchen manager, Donna Anderson, at Midway Elmentary embraces the challenge of making her cafeteria a welcoming, vibrant and cheerful place for our students.  Each season the cafe is transformed into a new...

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  • Biking Infrastructure Programs Supported

    From our friends at GrantStation... Biking Infrastructure Programs Supported PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program offers funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; city or county agencies or departments; and state or federal agencies working locally. Letters of...

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  • Grants Promote Oral Health Care for People in Need

    From our Friends at GrantStation... Dental Trade Alliance Foundation The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is dedicated to supporting promising initiatives that achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change in oral health care. The Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 for innovative, sustainable, scalable projects designed to increase access to oral health care for those in need. Funded projects should not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country. Applications are accepted from dental organizations, dental schools, universities, government organizations, and...

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