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: http://teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp

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 – http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/ToolsMaterials/ucm2006976.htm.

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 – http://teachfoodscience.org.

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Free I Tried It Stickers for National Nutrition Month

Free Stickers for National Nutrition MonthHere at Learning ZoneXpress, we are getting excited for National Nutrition Month! As you may know, it’s our favorite time of year.  This year, we have an exciting offer of FREE I Tried It Stickers with any order. These are a customer favorite used by nutrition professionals all across the nation to encourage children to try new foods, assist in cafeteria taste tests and more.

Use coupon code MNM16 at www.learningzonexpress.com to receive a free roll of I Tried It stickers with your purchase!

Expires 3/31/16. Not valid with any other offers. May not be applied to previous orders. Limit one free roll (905900) per order.

March is National Nutrition Month Bulletin Board KitInterested in more resources to celebrate National Nutrition Month? Learning ZoneXpress has a brand new March is Nutrition Month Bulletin Board Kit available for a limited time in addition to nutrition posters, handouts, incentives and more! Visit www.learningzonexpress.com to view them all and don’t forget to use coupon code MNM16 to receive 200 free I Tried It Stickers! Happy Nutrition Month!



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Video Librarian reviews Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget

Nutrition Starts Here Smart Eating on a BudgetWe are thrilled with Video Librarian’s latest review of one of our new video releases…

Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget ***

(2015) 19 min. DVD: $79.95 (downloadable teacher’s guide available). Learning ZoneXpress. PPR. Closed captioned.

Hosted by chef Marshall O’Brien, Nutrition Starts Here features bite-sized (sorry) vignettes showcasing nutritious food choices and strategies for taking control of what you eat. In the longest segment, “Simple, Tasty Slow Cooker Meals,” O’Brien shows viewers how to toss in a few simple ingredients and let a crockpot do the heavy lifting, while also offering food safety tips (particularly important if your dish starts with raw ingredients like chicken) and advice on testing appliances for proper temperatures to ensure safe meal preparation. “Tasty Whole Grains” looks at the nutritional differences between whole grains and refined grains, while “Understanding Portion Sizes” and “Label Reading” go together like salt and pepper—helping viewers determine how much food to put on their plates, and demystifying the complexities of product labels. While the program could have delved deeper into the “budget” part of its title, this is a solid introduction, overall, to making healthier eating choices. Recommended. Aud: J, H, P. (C. Block)

(January/February 2016 Volume 31, Issue 1)

Sneak a free peek…

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Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Progress to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Programs

Interesting to read Secretary Tom Vilsack’s staement on the move to reauthorize critical child nutrition programs. Just last week Learning ZoneXpress unveiled new dietary guidline support materials: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Poster2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines 11″ x 17″ Poster Set and 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Handouts.)
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Poster

Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Progress to Reauthorize Child Nutrition ProgramsWASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 – In anticipation of legislation this week from the Senate to reauthorize child nutrition programs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provides the following statement:

We are pleased the Senate is making bipartisan progress to reauthorize critical child nutrition programs. The Senate’s bill is a win for children, parents, schools and for our country’s future. It maintains our commitment to science-based nutrition standards for school meals and protects the advancements we have made in children’s health since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Rather than diminish the progress made since the changes were implemented in 2012, the Senate’s bill ensures progress will continue improving our children’s diets, and it promises to end partisan battles about the future of our kids.

The bill is consistent with the approach taken at USDA all along, which is to provide reasonable flexibility for schools as they continue transitioning to the updated standards — an approach that is working. A 2014 Harvard study shows that in some schools, under the updated standards, kids are now eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit at lunch. A 2015 study by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that kids ate nearly 20 percent more of their vegetables in the schools they examined after the standards were updated. And a study of schools in Washington State just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found that the nutritional quality of meals chosen by students has improved since HHFKA was implemented, while program participation did not change. Multiple surveys have documented how the majority of parents and students like the new meals, and—most important—new evidence suggests after decades of a growing obesity epidemic that harmed the health and future of our children and cost our country billions, we are starting to see progress in preventing this disease. The bill sustains and supports this progress.

We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan progress and urge Congress to reauthorize these programs for our young people without delay.

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Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Mary Beth picks best bets for Public Health

Learning About Nutrition through ActivitiesThis week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Mary Beth told us:

MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handout $11.95
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant have special nutritional needs. Based on the USDA’s MyPlate, the recommendations on the MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handouts help pregnant women eat for a healthy baby. 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided (Also available in Spanish)

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout $11.95
The MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout Tablet is a dietary guide based on USDA MyPlate recommendations to help women who are breastfeeding eat a healthy, balanced diet that supports the baby’s needs and helps mom return to her pre-pregnancy weight. 8 1/2” x 11”, 50 sheets, 2-sided. (Also available in Spanish)

Preschool Head to Toe Banner $129.95
This banner groups healthy, kid-friendly nutritious food choices and significant nutrients by the parts of the body they benefit most, including brain, hair, eyes, teeth, bones, heart, muscles, skin, and digestive system. (Also available as handout and poster)

Move Bingo for Kids $39.95
This bingo features simple stretches and movements selected specifically for young children based on skill level. The instructor reads the movements on the clue cards, children will do the movements, and those with the activity on their game card cover the square.

LANA Learning About Nutrition through Activities Deluxe Kit $389.95
LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) Deluxe Kit is a 24 week preschool program (20 minute daily sessions). LANA is a research-based curriculum that encourages children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. (Items also sold individually.)

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