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Nutrition Notes

  • Pick a Challenge. Any Challenge.

    I was reading my January issue of Shape magazine. January issues of any health/wellness magazines are always dedicated to new beginnings, creating healthy habits, fresh starts, and… the dreaded “R word” – resolutions. For a select few, making a huge, sweeping resolution at the beginning of the year might be productive. For most of us that is not the case. We end up faltering, throwing our hands up in disgust and reverting back to our old behaviors. I am sure if I looked I could find multiple statistics on the huge percentage of people that fail at their New Year’s...

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  • Be S.M.A.R.T. When Setting Goals

    Starting a new year is an ideal time to set goals to improve one’s health. Many people make the same goals each year – “I want to eat better.” “I want to lose weight.” “I want to exercise more.” The unfortunate part about these goals is that they quite vague and are hard to measure success. Ok, so what about these goals? – “I want to work out seven days a week for three hours each day.” “I will only eat 500 calories a day to lose my excess 50 pounds.” Yes, these goals are more specific, but are they...

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  • 2nd Annual Review Contest- Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

    It’s our second annual LearningZoneXpress Reviewer Drawing! We hope you will join in on the fun for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate! Post a review on our Facebook page of a Learning ZoneXpress (LZX) product and qualify to win a $100 gift certificate. Reviews must be posted before January 13th, 2012; the winner will be announced the following week. How do I do it? • Write your review – must be between 200-400 characters (Facebook limits wall posts to 420 characters) • Please include the full name of the product so that we can add a link...

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  • Welcome to Nutrition Notes

    Welcome to our new blog! Our goal is to bring stories on public health from folks on the front-lines. We will be featuring the following bloggers: Christine Cliff - a registered and licensed dietitian. Christine is the Training Coordinator and senior Nutrition Specialist for the Illinois Nutrition Education and Training (NET) Program, where Christine creates and coordinates statewide nutrition trainings for school and childcare staff throughout Illinois. She is also currently assisting on the Lombard leadership committee for Team FORWARD, an obesity task force in DuPage County. Sofia Horvath - is a teacher and mother of three. Sofia has taught...

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  • You can make a Foodscape too!

    Last week we wrote about Foodscapes and the arduous task it is to create Foodscapes for our calendars, cards and posters. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it. This week we wanted to share some secrets of our success for you crafty DIY types – because you too can create a Foodscape. I know because I’ve done it – and I am not one of a the food professionals or artists on our LZX Team. OK my Foodscape will not be on the cover of our next calendar – but I loved my broccoli sheep. I worked with a couple...

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  • Everything you wanted to know about Foodscapes but were afraid to ask

    What’s a Foodscape? That’s been a popular question here ever since our Foodscape healthy holiday cards and healthy calendars went on sale. A picture is probably worth 1000 words: As you can see Foodscapes are artworks created from healthy food. They’re fun for adults and kids. [caption id="attachment_2996" align="alignright" width="297" caption="Early Foodscape"][/caption] Foodscapes were first developed in 2007 by a graphic designer here in Owatonna, Minnesota; she had done a lot of work for LZX in the past. The first scenes, while cute, were really pretty basic.  You can see from the picture on the right; it's like looking...

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  • LZX supports 'Building a Healthier Future'

    As childhood obesity continues to rise, so does our support to end it. This year, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) will be hosting its inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit. This event will bring together leaders from multiple industries including government and academia who share in the fight to end childhood obesity. The conference will be held November 29th-30th in Washington, D.C, and they have recently announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker. Childhood obesity isn't going to end in one day, and it isn’t going to end with one person. It will take the...

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  • Circus Poster: Create your Own Edible Characters

    The whimsical nutritious scene portrayed in the Foodscapes Circus Poster can be recreated at home by using the following ingredients. Rings and Animal Stands: watermelon, orange slices decorated with lime, tangerine, and lemon peels Walrus: sweet potato body, lime ball with lemon, tangerine, and lemon peel spots and stripes Elephant: rutabaga body, parsnip trunk, leek legs, lettuce ears, pepper (red, green, and yellow) body decorations, clove eyes Dog: new potato head and body, lima bean ears, kale collar, pear stem legs, pepper hat, jumping through red and orange pepper rings Send photos of your fruit and veggie circus characters to

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  • Barnyard Poster Ingredients

    The farm-friendly Barnyard Poster in our Foodscapes poster series features a rooster, hen, and chick family, as well as a bull, pig, and cat made out of fresh vegetables and fruits. The 2009 Merit Health Information Award Winner promotes nutrition and eating local in a fun, creative way. Make your own Barnyard Poster scene with the ingredient guide below: Sun: orange Rooster & Hen: garlic body, pepper tail, shallot head Chicks: garlic body, grape stem legs Bull: yellow pepper body and head, white asparagus legs, black eyed pea eyes, Serrano chili pepper eyes Fence: green asparagus Cat in the Barn...

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  • A Very Moving Public Health Awareness Initiative

    We came across this message from the American Public Health Association: Healthiest Nation in 1 Generation. Click on the blue arrow to watch the video. Watching this video made me think about how thankful I am to everyone who works in public health. Thank you to our customers (teachers, nurses, food service directors, nutritionists, etc.) for all you do to educate your students and patients about safety and healthy living and sharing important life skills education with them. Please pass this public health message along to your friends and colleagues.

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