Nursing-Driven Healthcare Approaches Funded

From our friends at GrantStation – GrantStation Insider

Nursing-Driven Healthcare Approaches Funded
Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation: Hillman Innovations in Care Program
The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, an initiative of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and healthcare of vulnerable populations. The program seeks to support creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance the patient and family caregiver experience. The Foundation is particularly interested in the areas of maternal and child health, care of older adults, and chronic illness management. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations throughout the country are eligible to apply for grants of up to $600,000. The application deadline is March 21, 2016; invited full proposals will be due June 20, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2016 request for proposals.


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Free Downloadable Valentines from Learning ZoneXpress!

Free Perfect Pear Valentine Spread the love this Valentine’s Day weekend with these sweet and adorable free valentines. There are four different designs that all incorporate fun fruit!

Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day can be just as sweet without a heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. There are plenty of creative and healthy treats that also fit the Valentine’s Day theme.

  • Heart-shaped pancakes are super easy! Try a whole-wheat recipe for added health benefits.
  • Show your special someone how your heart “beets” for them! Beets have fabulous color that can make any meal festive. Find an easy recipe and give them a whirl!
  • Cookie cutters are for more than just cookies! Get a set of Valentine’s Day cutters and go to town. These work great for all kinds of fruits and veggies such as watermelon and red bell peppers!

Free Berry Special Valentine from LZXThese free downloadable valentines are a great way to tell someone you care. Print them out and share them with a friend, co-worker, client, student – they’re fun for everyone!

If you want to make them extra special, deliver them with a cup of berries or a bright apple!

Valentine’s Day is about being with the people you love. There is more to February 14th than giant teddy bears and chocolate fountains.  Share your love in creative ways this year. If you have any great Valentine’s Day ideas, please share them in our comment section below or on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

Happy love month, everyone!

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Daniel Giusti talks to Learning ZoneXpress about school food lunches

Daniel Giusti, Melanie Nelson, Joyce Mattson & Londa Arnfelt

Daniel Giusti, Melanie Nelson, Joyce Mattson & Londa Arnfelt

Daniel Giusti, a superstar in the world of chief’s, has resigned his post as head chef for Noma’s exquisite restaurant in Copenhagen. (Noma has been voted best restaurant in the world 4 out of the last 5 years!) Daniel has big plans to transform key thinking in the industry of food industry — starting with school lunches.

And where does someone start such an adventure? Learning from the experts in the world of school lunch – including the leaders of Learning ZoneXpress. He met with them earlier this week to discuss launching a food service start up called Brigaid. It’s an exciting effort to get chefs into schools. Here’s how he described it for Lucky Peach

Brigaid comes from brigade, which obviously means a group of chefs. The “aid” will be in shooting to solve some of the problems with our food system, predominately involved with school food. Brigaid will be a for-profit company that aims to put chefs in schools. What makes it different from other food-service companies that are catering to schools at the moment is that it’s based on having kitchens in schools and chefs cooking in those kitchens.

Aramark, Compass—statistically these are some of the highest grossing companies in the food industry, not just in school food. A lot of these big companies like Aramark are pushing for like 20 percent profit margins, which is extremely high in any food business. In restaurants you’re lucky if you’re making 5 percent in bottom-line profit. So to shoot for 20 percent—that’s not what we’re going for. In the end we want a profit margin that allows us to maintain the business. The goal is not to become rich.

Profit, for me, means that we continue to push forward and makes sure we can pay people—and I’m not talking about myself or other higher-up people. I want to be able to train people who are currently working in school cafeterias. I want to train them to know more, and also pay them more for that knowledge.

It’s a fantastic approach. We wish him all of the luck in the world – we’re thrilled to hear about t the whole movement.

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$35 Million to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Childhood Nutrition

Big news from the USDA!

USDA, NFL, Fuel Up to Play 60 Partner to Award

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Grants Will Improve Food Service Equipment, Upgrade Infrastructure Critical to Building Healthy Schools and Communities

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 5, 2016 – Amid pre-Super Bowl 50 celebrations today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, and Paul Rovey, dairy farmer and leader of the National Dairy Council (NDC), announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure in order to offer students better access to nutritious foods.

Three in five students – more than 30 million children – rely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for one to two meals per day, however according to a 2014 survey, 88% of schools reported lacking at least one piece of equipment they needed in order to serve healthier foods . These grants will give millions of additional children access to more nutritious meals by providing schools with the funds to purchase additional equipment to help them meet updated national nutrition standards, and serve healthy meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat.

In 2008, USDA, NFL, NDC, and GENYOUth partnered via Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.

Together these partners share a commitment to support youth wellness through improved nutrition and by providing greater opportunities for physical activity through a public-private partnership to promote those behaviors among America’s youth. This $35 million investment will help sustain the progress that has already been made by schools across the country to ensure that America’s children are greeted by healthier school environments.

“Success at all ages begins with a healthy meal, and that is why at USDA we have worked to overhaul school meal standards to ensure kids have access to nutritious foods. This commitment from our partners will ensure schools have the equipment they need to provide kids with a well-balanced meal, promoting childhood health and wellness,” said Vilsack. “We applaud our Fuel Up to Play 60 partners for their continued commitment to child nutrition. This collaboration enables us to expand our efforts and have a broader positive impact on our youth.”

Since 2009, USDA has awarded $215 million in school nutrition equipment
grants, including $30 million being announced today
. USDA provides this funding to states, which then competitively award grants to school districts in order to purchase necessary equipment, giving priority to high-need schools where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals. This year, Fuel Up to Play 60, who has provided more than $22 million in funds to schools throughout the country, is joining USDA’s effort by providing an additional $5 million through a separate, but concurrent, grant application process.

Schools can apply for USDA funding through their state, or for funds from Fuel Up directly through the organization’s website. In both cases, funding will support the purchase of new equipment and/or the renovation/replacement of equipment. Equipment may include large and small items including utility carts, utensils, large-capacity food processors, industrial scales, steamers, freezers etc. Infrastructure elements may include building needs related to physical space, electricity, plumbing, ventilation and other remodeling needs.

“This announcement not only helps further showcase our collective commitment to youth and community wellness, but also the powerful results that can be achieved through public-and-private partnerships,” said Alexis Glick, CEO, GENYOUth. “I am excited that the USDA and the NFL continue to join with us and America’s dairy farmers to positively impact today’s, and tomorrow’s youth by empowering them to live healthier lives.”

Schools that are interested in learning more about these grants should visit

i Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. “Give Schools the Tools to Prepare Healthy, Delicious Meals.” Give Schools the Tools to Prepare Healthy, Delicious Meals. The Pew Charitable Trusts, July 2015. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.


About U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Under the leadership of President Obama and Secretary Vilsack, USDA has made significant and transformative investments in the lives of Americans living, working and raising families in the United States. Today, those investments are blossoming across the United States in the burgeoning bio-economy, an exploding local and regional food system, unparalleled investments in renewable energy, improved nutrition interventions for young people and low-income individuals, historic partnerships in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction, major contributions in rural infrastructure, and helping to lay the foundation for a new era for civil rights that will help ensure all Americans are treated with dignity and respect. In the area of nutrition, since 2009, USDA has made significant progress in maximizing the ability of our nutrition programs to fight hunger and improve health, while also ensuring that benefits are delivered efficiently and with integrity. USDA’s implementation of the historic, bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has led to 97 percent of schools meeting updated, science-based nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that more than 50 million children have access to a healthier school food environment.

About National Dairy Council (NDC)

For 100 years, National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization founded by dairy farmers and funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC is dedicated to promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. See more at:

About GENYOUth

A leading nonprofit, GENYOUth brings leaders in health and wellness, education, government and business together in a movement to empower America’s youth to achieve a healthier future by uniting partners, raising funds and uplifting the student voice. GENYOUth has established itself as a thought leader in youth health and wellness and collaborates with its partners to convene experts, conduct research, publish perspective reports, and build programs that make a lasting difference in the pursuit of healthy, high-achieving youth. Founded in 2010 through a public-private partnership with the National Dairy Council and the NFL, GENYOUth has raised funds, increased visibility and commitment to school wellness among health and wellness leaders, educators, students, parents, community leaders and businesses. Learn more about GENYOUth partnership, volunteer and donation opportunities at, or contact us at

About Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, 13 million students are making better food choices by selecting nutritious options like low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, 16 million students are getting more physically active during the school day as a result of the program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. Customizable and non-prescriptive program components are grounded in research, including tools and resources, in-school promotional materials, a website and student contests. Visit to learn more.

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FCS Teachers – opportunity for free training on food supply safety in DC (includes travel!)

We wanted to share the following opportunity from FDA Summer Program – note the deadline to apply is April 18…

A Fantastic Summer Opportunity for Science, Family and Consumer Science and Health Teachers
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

Foodborne disease outbreaks and food recalls frequent the news. What organisms cause these diseases? What can an individual do to protect themselves from these diseases? What measures are being taken by the federal government to prevent transmission of these diseases?

Middle Level and High School science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks and recalls.  The lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 17 – 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. Included in the program is transportation to and from Washington and all housing and meal expenses.

During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as: meeting with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on food science; working with instructors at the microbiology lab at the University of Maryland to learn proper techniques to use in doing the microbiology labs with their own students; and, touring USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD.

Selected teachers are asked to implement the curriculum in their classrooms during the 2016 – 2017 school year and to do a workshop on the curriculum for other teachers.

To apply on line – deadline April 18, 2016 – go to:

The Science and Our Food Supply middle level and high school teacher’s guides on which some of the application questions are based can be downloaded here –

A new component to our curriculum – Science and Our Food Supply: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Choices, will be available online in March. Watch for the notice to be posted on our website –

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