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  • Celebrate Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

    Join Learning ZoneXpress as we celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! This month is a great time to introduce yourself and your family to a new fruit and vegetable. Following the USDA’s MyPlate recommendation of making half your plate fruits and vegetables makes it easy to incorporate fresh produce into each meal. Make half your plate fresh fruits and veggies with these simple tips: • Keep fruits and vegetables visible. Place fruits in a bowl on the counter. Store cleaned and cut-up vegetables in clear storage containers in the refrigerator. • Choose fruit for dessert. • Snack on...

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  • Learning ZoneXpress Presents…Education Cards!

    Are you prepared to be amazed by a BRAND NEW product line? We are pleased to present that we have launched a new and useful product line-“Education Cards”- and are very excited by these cards engaging photography and simple, easy-to-read text that makes this product line an extremely useful resource for parents and caregivers. Educate your audience about pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition, feeding your baby and child nutrition picky eating, plus many more titles coming soon. Use our Education Cards to offer practical nutrition tips and suggestions to your clients and to provide individualized education. These cards are easy to...

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  • Older Americans Month 2015: “Get into the Act”

    Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. As generations grow older, their nutrition needs also change. Learning ZoneXpress has developed a variety of easy-to-read resources with older adults in mind. Topics covered include sodium, hydration, food safety, and MyPlate. Our MyPlate for Older Adults items feature a unique...

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  • Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

    Recently, Educators from all over the US met to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. The USDA recently posted information on the meeting, including a brief look at links to some new resources. Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change their current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to choosing nutritionally sound diets and improve their health and well-being. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers EFNEP and provides national program leadership. “The 2015 EFNEP...

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  • Minnesota based Learning ZoneXpress to provide LANA training at the National Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego, CA

    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...

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  • National Nutrition Month…A Great Time to Eat More Fruits and Veggies!

    National Nutrition Month is a great time to begin making healthier eating choices. A simple tip that anyone can do is to eat more fruits and veggies! Why eat fruits and veggies? They taste great, are colorful, do great things for your body and are low in fat and calories. The nutrients found in fruits and veggies may even reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes! Our “Why Eat Fruits and Veggies? Handouts” will help you explore the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. These colorful, information-filled tear-off tablet sheets explain the importance of eating fruits and vegetables...

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  • National Nutrition Month Tips

    National Nutrition Month is in full swing and this year’s theme “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” is focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Here are some simple tips from that will get you on your way towards a healthier lifestyle: • Find out how many calories YOU need for a day. Go to to find your calorie level. • Enjoy your food, but eat less. • Avoid oversized portions. • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. •...

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  • School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Standards for school food service professionals

    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 Standards for school food service professionals… Standards for school food service professionals. Recognizing the complexity of school nutrition programs and the need for ongoing training, Congress directed USDA to establish minimum professional standards for the school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The resulting...

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  • Can Fruits & Vegetables Be Just As Cool As Junk Food?

    YES…is what FNV, the brand new marketing campaign for fruits and vegetables would like the answer to be! Junk food companies spend millions of dollars to market unhealthy choices to children, now fruits and vegetables will get their chance to shine! The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) recently announced the launch of FNV (fruits and vegetables), a marketing campaign focused on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. Partnership for a Healthier America and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative will work together to rebrand fruits and vegetables with this new marketing campaign. According to the FNV website, “Fruits and vegetables...

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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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