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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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  • October is National Farm to School Month!

    [caption id="attachment_6219" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of National Farm to School Network[/caption] October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food! According to the National Farm to School Network, "Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local...

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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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  • Celebrate Whole Grains Month!

    September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains! What are whole grains? Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates.  They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy. How can you determine if a food is whole grain?  Look for the word "whole" in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as "100% whole-grain" or "whole wheat".  An easy way to look for whole grain foods...

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  • MyPlate Nutrition While Breastfeeding!

    In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we thought it would be a great time to talk about our MyPlate: Nutrition While Breastfeeding Education Cards. When you are breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs and that’s why this education card is so useful in explaining how to follow the USDA MyPlate plan while breastfeeding. This card shows different amounts of food to eat each day if you are breastfeeding only or breastfeeding and giving formula. It also offers healthy tips like: Choose more dark green and orange vegetables. Eat a variety of fruit. Choose fruits that are fresh...

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  • Minnesota's Own Jean Ronnei Named The 2015-2016 President of the School Nutrition Association!

    The School Nutrition Association’s 69th Annual National Conference last week in Salt Lake City, Utah marked an exciting time for Minnesota’s own Jean Ronnei! During this year’s conference she was named the 2015-2016 President of the School Nutrition Association. [caption id="attachment_6092" align="alignright" width="200"] Jean Ronnei, SNS President *Image from School Nutrition Association[/caption] Ronnei is the Chief Operations Officer at Saint Paul Public Schools right here in Minnesota and now will also represent SNA’s 55,000 school nutrition professional members nationwide. Our National Sales Director Londa Arnfelt was on-hand to witness this incredible accomplishment. This is what Londa had to say…...

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  • August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!

    This is an exciting time to celebrate pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, hopes to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research showing that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity. At Learning ZoneXpress we understand that women have special nutritional needs during pregnancy and when breastfeeding. That’s why we have created a variety of nutrition education materials to help support those needs. [gallery ids="6072,6073,6074...

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  • Our New 2015-16 Nutrition & Healthy Living Catalog is Here!

    Our NEW 2015-16 Nutrition & Healthy Living Catalog is now available. This new edition features many new and bestselling nutrition resources used by nutrition professionals worldwide. Here is what one of our catalog recipients had to say about this new catalog: Love this catalog! Love this company! It's like when the kids used to get the Toys R Us Christmas catalog in the mail but for me, better, lol! Great resources in here for nutrition education and health & wellness from preschool to college. Starting to plan my school year! Thank you Learning ZoneXpress!!!  -Dolly, California The 2015-16 catalog introduces...

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  • Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 2-8 National Farmers Market Week

    What a great way to spend one of the precious last days of summer - celebrating good nutrition at a Farmers Market... WASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as "National Farmers Market Week." The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate thousands of our nation's farmers markets, the farmers and ranchers who make them possible and the communities...

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