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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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  • 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 healthfinder.gov "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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