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  • Let's Make Spring & Summer Healthy!

    Help build a healthier classroom environment and celebrate spring and summer with fun, seasonal activities, recipes, and healthy living tips found in the Let’s Make Spring & Summer Healthy Newsletter Handout. These handouts for educators and parents offer ideas to encourage more physical activity and tasty recipes as well as the following seasonal produce guide and fun riddles.

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  • Hop on Over to a Healthy Easter Sunday

    It’s hard to believe that Easter is only four days away and today in Southern Minnesota we are expecting a snow storm. But that’s your typical Minnesota Spring! One day it’s 65 degrees and sunny and the next day there’s a blizzard. Well, fear not Minnesotans, you can still partake like the rest of the country and enjoy Easter! This year, why not try and add more healthy choices to your meal? Adding more vegetable side dishes, like Simple Roasted Baby Carrots or Roasted Brussels Sprouts, is sure to make your meal more colorful, as well as provide healthier options...

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  • Wishing You Health and Happiness this Holiday Season!

    On behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, Happy Holidays! The following are fun health tips we put together for you to forward to students, clients, friends, and family. Healthy Eating for the Holidays The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind. Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings. The party host will be grateful for the help and guests will appreciate a healthier menu option. Make fruits and vegetables the star. Make fruits and vegetables the...

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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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  • Eating the MyPlate Way…On a Budget!

    Think it’s impossible to eat healthy on a budget?...Think again! Tasty, affordable foods are within reach for your family. With a few tips and tricks you can make eating the Myplate way on a budget happen. Here’s How: Buy seasonal! Fruits and vegetables that are in season and grown in your area are easier to get and less expensive. Try your local farmer’s market! Visit the freezer aisle! Did you know frozen vegetables and fruits are just as nutritious and usually cheaper than fresh? Buy in bulk! It’s almost always cheaper to buy in bulk. Smart choices include family...

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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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  • Learning ZoneXpress’ Londa Arnfelt Joins School Nutrition Association’s National Industry Council

    We are so excited to tell you that our own Londa Arnfelt has been appointed to the Industry Advisory Council for the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Londa has been at Learning ZoneXpress for 9 years. She passionately serves the school nutrition industry with educational messages and product solutions for those serving our students. Recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs in education since 1946.  The SNA Industry Advisory Council (IAC) supports the Association's mission and vision by providing input and recommendations from an industry perspective, and serves...

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  • Learning ZoneXpress Celebrates National School Lunch Week!

    To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Learning ZoneXpress will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 12-16, 2015. The theme, “School Lunch Snapshot” is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches. [caption id="attachment_6232" align="alignright" width="300"] Image Courtesy of School Nutrition Association[/caption] National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at schools. According to the School Nutrition Association, “School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium” . “National School Lunch Week helps educate...

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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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