September is a BUSY month! The crisp fall air is starting to return, children are going back to school and parents are scheduling their new routines, but did you know September is also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month and Whole Grains Month?
Whole grains will be covered in a separate post, but let's break down the importance of childhood obesity awareness along with fruit & veggie consumption.
One in 3 children in the United States are 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? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and get more active. Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Are you looking to reduce childhood obesity in your home, community or school? Learning ZoneXpress is here to help you out! With such a large variety of child nutrition products, you can find the perfect nutrition education resource for you! Today, we'll show you two that we recommend to get started.
Garden Heroes make fruits and veggies fun!
Our first featured item is the Garden Heroes® Fruit & Veggie Vinyl Banner w/Stand & Lunch Tray Dry Erase Menu Board. This eye-catching banner paired with easy erase menu board utilizes fruit and vegetable cartoon characters to remind and encourage students to take a fruit or vegetable at school meals to help increase consumption. In fact, a recent study showed students eat 90.5% more vegetables at school lunch when exposed to banners with vegetable characters [Pediatrics. 2016(2):e20151720]. The banner and menu board both serve as compliant signage for National School Lunch Program regulations with the reminder to students to choose three menu items, including one fruit or vegetable.
Garden Heroes are a fun way to promote fruits and veggies and get kids excited about these healthy foods. Making health fun is our passion. Check out more Garden Heroes resources here.
Get to Know Nutrition Facts Labels
Familiarize yourself with the changes to food labels with the Nutrition Facts Labels Education Kit. This bundle of educational resources help educate and promote the importance of reading Nutrition Facts labels to make healthy food and beverage choices with signage and take-home educational handouts. Items in the kit review serving sizes and calories, nutrients to get more and less of, and an explanation of % Daily Value. Learning ZoneXpress also has a variety of activity books for each kind of food group.
For more nutrition education resources, visit learningzonexpress.com.
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