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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.

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  • Tricks for a Healthier Halloween!

    For kids, Halloween is that sweet time of year when they get the chance to dress up as their favorite super hero and stuff themselves with candy, but for parents and educators it can be a nightmare! We spend all year trying to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods and limit sugar-filled sweets, but realistically Halloween can’t be all spooks and no fun. So we’ve created some healthy Halloween tips for trick-or-treating alternatives to candy and celebration ideas for your family and the classroom…. Tricks for healthier treat alternatives: Stickers (Nutrition stickers last longer and cost...

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  • Holly Near and John McCutcheon performing together September 23, 2017 for EPES benefit concert

    On Saturday September 23, 2017 Educación Popular En Salud (EPES) is celebrating their 35th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring musicians Holly Near and John McCutcheon. The concert will take place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Circle Pines. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

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  • Tricks for Healthy Halloween Treats!

    For kids, Halloween is that sweet time of year when they get the chance to dress up in costume and stock up on sweets, but for parents and educators it can be a nightmare! We spend all year trying to encourage our kids to eat healthy foods and limit sweets; still the holiday can’t be all spooks and no fun. Here are our tricks for a healthier Halloween:

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  • EPES commences Training Course of Health and Nutrition Promoters

    The EPES Foundation recently began conducting the training course of community health promoters for the promotion and recovery of nutritional health, based in a rights- and social determinants of health-approach with an emphasis on gender issues.

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  • Just Released: Nutrition Facts Label Resources!

    It's a matter of new facts. A lot has changed in Americans’ diets since the Nutrition Facts labels first appeared on food packages in 1993. Rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer are high and portion sizes have become more and more generous. Nutrition science has made new discoveries and connections between food and health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new Nutrition Facts label design that is easier to read and is helpful for consumers to make healthier, informed food choices.

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  • Physical activity breaks in MN schools support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program

    Students at Osseo, MN schools are taking 10 minute movement breaks as part of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program instituted in their system.  Suspensions and required disciplinary actions have been reduced dramatically. In response to pressure to reduce suspensions and improve learning by reducing disruptive behavior in class, school districts are trying alternative measures with great success. Review entire article in the Star Tribune. Schools across Minnesota and the entire country are implementing similar practices, and we love seeing the positive impact physical activity and movement can have on learning and behavior. To support these initiatives, Learning...

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  • Don't Be a Turkey...Eat Healthier this Thanksgiving!

    The holidays are a great time for celebrating and enjoying your favorite foods, but it is often the hardest time of the year to eat right. By choosing reasonable portion sizes and healthier dishes, your Thanksgiving dinner can still be healthy and delicious! Here are 6 easy tips to keep your Thanksgiving meal healthier: Eat a hearty breakfast before your holiday meal. If you show up starving you are more likely to overeat. Eat plenty of vegetables. Go the MyPlate way and fill 2/3rds of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate…Drink lots of water before...

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  • November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month!

    November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; but today, that number has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Did you know that there are lifestyle habits that can help you maintain or potentially improve your health as you age? These habits fit into four categories: Physical health and exercise Diet and nutrition Cognitive activity Social engagement All of these healthy lifestyle habits can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your...

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  • November is American Diabetes Month®!

    This year’s theme for American Diabetes Month® is “Eat Well, America!” This November, the American Diabetes Association will show our nation how easy and joyful healthy eating can be. Each week, the Association will share nutritious recipes for every meal of the day. They will also teach you how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious. Week One (11/1-11/7) Breakfast Delicious breakfast recipes that motivate you to get your busy day off to the right start. Week Two (11/8-11/14) Snacks Easy and satisfying snack recipe. Week Three (11/15-11/21) Lunch, including National Healthy Lunch...

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