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Think Healthy Thursday

  • Tips to Build a Balanced Bag Lunch for the New Year!

    Healthy lunch ideas and tips for work!

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Veggiecation

    Everyone needs a good advocate! Vegetables seem to have a great advocate in Veggication – a website and program that strives to… promote and educate communities on the health benefits of vegetables and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways. We ran across it recently and were very impressed. It started with one person - certified nutritionist and school food specialist – with a drive to help kids learn about nutrition. The program includes a range of services such as presentations, curricular materials and app! Our favorite part of the website is the recipe...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Want to reduce heart attacks? Think Mediterranean

    We have some unusual and pretty positive news to share from a recent report highlighted in The New York Times… About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found. It’s a potential game changer for folk in high risk categories. The results were recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine of a study that tracked 7,447...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Breakfast Week Party

    Before work this morning, the Learning ZoneXpress team gathered for a breakfast potluck in honor of Breakfast Week. Complete with baked oatmeal, egg bake, fresh fruit and more, our breakfast energized and prepared us for a full and fun work day! How are you celebrating this week? Send photos of your celebration to, and we'll share them on our blog and send you a gift! If you're looking for celebration ideas, check out our last blog post "Celebrate Breakfast Week with Free Activities from FreeMyPlate" for free downloadable breakfast activities to share with your children, students, clients or friends!

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  • Supporting Worksite Wellness - HealthSource Solutions

    Wellness is at the center of living a quality and productive life. By spending time with others who share in this belief and support healthy behaviors, wellness can become a natural way of life for everyone! People spend a significant amount of time at the workplace and companies who create a culture around wellness see employees who are healthier, happier and more productive. An environment that supports healthy behaviors creates healthy people. A strategic wellness plan will improve employee wellness and companies can play a significant role in helping employees’ live healthy lives! The HealthSource Solutions team is dedicated to...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Vitamin D

    We are celebrating the fact that the days are stretching – but in Minnesota nights still seem long and cold. Many of us are feeling the drag ofso much darkness – some more than others. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can take its toll at this time of year. According to Wikipedia, SAD… is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer, spring or autumn year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Birke Baehr TED Talk: What's wrong with our food system

    If you have an extra 5 minutes and 14 seconds, I'd highly recommend watching this TED Talk. 11-year-old Birke Baehr presents "What's wrong with our food system" encouraging viewers to think local. Through research, this passionate young boy "discovered the dark side of the industrialized food system." He then asked himself how he could change it. I think we can all learn something from this young aspiring organic farmer. Take a look! In the words of Birke Baehr, "Think local. Choose organic. Know your farmer and know your food."

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Food Shelf Donations

    Since the Summer of 2011 we have been promoting a balanced MyPlate diet for our families, student and clients. We want to remind folks to think healthy when they are making a food shelf donations too. We’ve heard stories of food shelves getting large donations of outdated or damaged food. Do everyone a favor and throw those out! Here are some ideas of what the food shelves need and want: Choose low-sodium options for beans, broth, soup, and vegetables. Choose low-fat or whole grain options for cereal, crackers, and pasta. Fresh garden produce is often welcome. (Just call in...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: Wilson Elementary in Owatonna Receives School Health Connection Award

    We, at Learning ZoneXpress, are proud to announce that one of our local elementary schools has recently won a $10,000 School Health Connection award to promote healthy activities.  Wilson Elementary in Owatonna, MN is one of just 10 schools to receive this significant award.  The award will allow Wilson Elementary School to have direct access to caregivers from our local Allina Health Clinic.  They will also receive online learning tools, teacher training and a health fair for the entire school.  In addition, the funds will allow the school to purchase needed equipment and supplies to encourage building healthy lifestyles. Wilson...

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  • Think Healthy Thursday: USDA National Farmers Market Directory

    I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of summer and fall is the farmer’s market. Not only do I love the fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts, but there’s just something about the atmosphere that makes me feel good inside. My friend and I always share new ones we find, and we try to hit as many different ones as possible throughout the season. This is much easier when using the USDA National Farmers Market Directory. It is designed to deliver information about farmers markets all across the country, 7,864 to be exact. Search by state or by...

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