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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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  • Celebrate Child Health Day on Monday, October 5th!

    Child Health Day is Monday, October 5th in the United States and is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a proclamation for Child Health Day in 1928. This day raises people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. Anyone interested in child welfare are invited to unite on Child Health Day to help increase people’s awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s health in the United States. According to the HRSA, about one in six children between 2 and 19 in...

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  • October 7th is Walk to School Day!

    Join us as we celebrate International Walk to School Day. This global event began in 1997 and involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. [caption id="attachment_6227" align="alignright" width="300"] Image Courtesy of National Center for Safe Routes to School[/caption] Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October. Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School...

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  • September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

    According to "One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese." Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Learning ZoneXpress encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching...

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