Maureen Lyons, Early Childhood Specialist at Learning ZoneXpress, will present a half day pre-conference session on June 29, as part of the National Childhood Obesity Conference, about the research-based LANA Preschool Program, created through a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health, New Horizons Child Care and the University of Minnesota. The research was funded by the National Cancer Institute to encourage children and families to eat more fruit and vegetables.
Learning About Nutrition through Activities, or the LANA Program, as it is affectionately known, promotes systems, policy and environmental change in home child care and preschool settings to help children learn to taste, eat and enjoy fruits and vegetables. LANA also gets parents involved by including newsletters, children’s storybooks, and family events to support this positive behavior change program. Ms. Lyons is certified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a Master Trainer of the LANA Program and will help participants understand the background of the program, demonstrate the various elements, and share implementation strategies for those wishing to incorporate LANA into child care homes and centers nationwide.
LANA is a growing trend across the U.S. for home child care and pre-school programs that want to empower families to eat healthy and promote improved wellness to reduce obesity through positive mealtime interaction and behavior models. Learning ZoneXpress is the publisher of the research-based LANA Curriculum through a public/private partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health.
8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, June 29-July2, 2015, San Diego, CA. For more information or to register visit www.childhoodobesity2015.com
LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) is a 24 week program (20 minute daily sessions) that integrates well into preschool curriculum. LANA is a research-based program that encourages children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. LANA is aligned with both NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and Head Start Early Learning Framework. For more information visit www.lananutrition.com or www.health.state.mn.us/lana
Learning ZoneXpress, based in Owatonna, MN, is a leading source of award-winning nutrition education resources. These resources include posters, handouts, videos, games and more. For more information about Learning ZoneXpress or the LANA Preschool Program, visit http://www.learningzonexpress.com or contact Maureen Lyons at 888-455-7003. You may also follow Maureen on Twitter @MsMaureenLyons & Learning ZoneXpress @LZXpress.