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  • School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Additional support for schools

    Pew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Additional support for schools… Additional support for schools. Schools need resources such as updated kitchen equipment, staff training, and technical assistance to serve healthy meals and snacks. Last year, the federal government took steps to help address schools’ needs, which will continue into 2015. Among these efforts: Congress passed a...

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  • Complimentary Activity for Nutrition Month!

    Looking for activities to help celebrate National Nutrition Month? Learning ZoneXpress has you covered!  Kids will have fun and discover the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables with this FREE downloadable sample activity from our 54321+10 Fruits & Veggies Activity Books. Download here! The rest of this activity book features fun activities that challenge kids to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables throughout each day and is part of the Live 54321+10® for Kids Program, an easy to remember countdown that promotes six things kids can do daily to help promote good health.  This activity...

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  • New Healthy Behavior Goals Handouts...Just In Time for National Nutrition Month®!

    March is right around the corner which means National Nutrition Month® is almost here! Don’t miss your opportunity to join thousands of nutrition professionals in promoting Nutrition Month. There is still time to plan your celebration and Learning ZoneXpress is here to support all the wonderful work you do educating your clients and students to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. We offer a diverse selection of nutritionally informative handouts, posters, prize incentives and more specifically designed for schools, WIC clinics, Extension Programs, and Public Health initiatives. Kick off your Nutrition Month celebration with our new “Set SMART Healthy Behavior...

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  • School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Nutrition standards for child care centers

    Pew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Nutrition standards for child care centers.… Nutrition standards for child care centers. On Jan. 9, 2015, USDA proposed nutrition standards for meals provided through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which feeds more than 3 million children and adults each day in out-of-home care settings. The updated guidelines—which complement recently...

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  • School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Local Wellness Policies

    Pew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Local Wellness Policies… Local wellness policies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to issue a final rule on what needs to be included in local wellness policies. Established by and specific to an individual school district, these policies promote the health of students and address the growing problem of...

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  • School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

    Pew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Reauthorization of the Child Care Nutrition Act… Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. First enacted in 1966, the federal Child Nutrition Act oversees all national child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, among others. Congress typically reviews and reapproves this...

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  • Wishing you health & 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. Focus on fun, not food. Keep your focus on fun family activities and events like holiday decorating or caroling rather than food. Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings. The party host will be grateful...

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  • WIC turns 40!

    According to the USDA blog... Forty years ago, WIC was established to improve health outcomes for pregnant women, infants and young children.  Today, the program officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, continues to be one of the nation’s most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs. USDA’s new infographic demonstrates why WIC Works – for our children and for our country! - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/10/27/wic-the-foundation-of-healthy-families-since-1974/#sthash.1DxDiPhl.dpuf Happy Birthday WIC!

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  • How are you going to celebrate World Food Day?

    October 16 is World Food Day. SO what is World Food Day? According to the website… World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people. In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.  From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of...

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  • Team Up for Success! USDA and Partners Help Secure a Healthier School Day

    A great opportunity from the USDA... Team Up for Success! USDA and Partners Help Secure a Healthier School Day Posted by Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, on September 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM With kids now back in the classroom, USDA wants to help schools continue to build a healthier, more nutritious environment for their students.  At the same time, we’re deeply committed to ensuring these same schools maintain financial stability and strong student participation in their meal programs.  We’re seeing more and more schools move forward with new and...

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