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5 Summer Tips for Keeping Kids Active

Active Kids MyPlate PosterThe beautiful summer weather has arrived and it is time to keep the kids (and you!) active and outside more this season. Keeping children active helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces risk of illness, grows an appreciation for the outdoors and provides them a great break from screen time. Here are a few tips to get the kiddos active. These tips can be applied both to parents and children as well as educators working with children.

  1. Create a list of activities together, a summer bucket list of sorts. Talk to them about what they would like to do outside this summer, jot it down and then begin to cross things off your list together.
  2. Create an adventurous backyard. Get your kids excited about the outdoors and create an adventurous yard with tents, obstacles, play areas, or whatever you can think of to get your kids outside and moving.
  3. Start small! What about playing with chalk? Hula hoops?
  4. Build something. It could be anything from a tree fort to a small play area in a sandbox.
  5. Search for local activities for parents and children. The summer offers many great opportunities for families to try new activities and stay active. Local Parks and Recreation departments,Community Education, zoos and libraries are great places to start learning more about available activities.

What are YOUR favorite ways to get your kiddos active in the summer months? Any favorite activities you suggest? Comment below or on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page to share your ideas!

Get Active by Trying a New Activity!

50 App Activities for FitnessAs mentioned in an earlier post, trying a new activity is a great way to incorporate more activity into your life. It is also a great way to meet new people, create a new hobby and step outside your comfort zone.  Below are a few summer activities or sports to try this summer.

Paddleboarding– Paddleboarding is a new, fun water sport that is quickly growing in popularity. Those who paddleboard are essentially kneeling or standing on a paddleboard (or surfboard) as they propel themselves across the water in a swimming motion with their paddle. It works numerous parts of the body and does not require a lot of skill (unless you enhance your balancing skills and incorporate some yoga moves on it!)

Rollerblading– Bring those dusty blades back out from the basement and give them a roll this summer! Rollerblading is a great fitness option that incorporates a lot of balance and leg work. You will be surprised how, with good posture, you can get a great ab workout as well. It’s not too hard on your knees and is a great way to get places a little faster than walking.
Tech Tip: If you’re looking for a fun way to track this, the app MapMyRun is a good option. It also helps you find routes!

Join a team- Volleyball, softball, running and tennis are just a few activities that become popular in the summer months. Teams or clubs become available and there are plenty of welcoming participants always looking for more people to join them. Look into your local Parks and Recreation Department to find out what club teams you can join.
Tech Tip: There are some helpful websites you can use to find local sport activities around you such as  Another way to find opportunities is to simply google “your preferred activity + preferred location.”

What do you say – ready to try something new? If you’re looking for more ways to track your progress, the DailyBurn Tracker App is a fun option. It combines fitness, weight and food tracking. You can see this app and others in the 50 App Activities for Fitness from Learning ZoneXpress.

Have other ideas you’d like to add to this list of activities or tech tips? Share them with us on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook Page.

EPES commences Training Course of Health and Nutrition Promoters

EPES Cooking ClassThe  EPES Foundation recently began conducting the training course of community health promoters for the promotion and recovery of nutritional health, based in a rights- and social determinants of health-approach with an emphasis on gender issues.

The training course is aimed toward women from the municipality of El Bosque who will have the chance to share and reflect about the factors that determine our health.  Within the course, the EPES Nutrition Classwomen will be familiarized with and analyze the social factors and conditions that have an impact on overweight, obesity and malnutrition, as well as learning about the diverse proposals oriented to modify the obesogenic environment as a means to recover nutritional health of the population.

In addition, the women will learn and share the experience of cooking balanced meals that are enjoyable and low-cost for families and the community, as well as create strategies to promote nutrition and health at the local level. Among the contents of the course, the main topics include the development of the concepts of health, approaches based in rights and the social determinants of health, and gender issues.

Other topics include the conceptual framework of the determining factors of the food environment in Chile, the epidemiological transition, the commodification of food, the displacement of the traditional diet for ultra-processed foods, and the effects of these on our health, including the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The course also discusses the impacts of the TPP on the population´s health.

EPES Nutrition TrainingThe training course is directed by the Coordinator of the Nutrition Project at EPES, Susana Jiles, who emphasized that ¨in the area of promotion for the recovery of nutritional health, the incorporation of an approach based in the social determinants of health and rights with an emphasis in gender issues permits the realization that the daily act of eating and the nutritional status of individuals depend upon the social, economic, political and cultural conditions in which individuals and social groups live.¨

She also added that ¨in this context, it is the responsibility of the State to create conditions that allow individuals to have decent and healthy living by safeguarding the right to have a culturally- and nutritionally-appropriate diet.¨

The training course also aims to create a space to problematize the obesogenic environment beyond the individual by analyzing the corporations’ strategies that focus on generating high revenue with their ultra-processed products, including for example the publicity aimed at children.

In addition to the theoretical aspect, through Popular Education methodologies, the training workshop includes four sessions of preparing healthy recipes, and the course ends with the planning and implementation of a community-based activity in their own neighbor  hoods.


Just Released: Nutrition Facts Label Resources!

New Nutrition Facts Label ResourcesIt’s a matter of new facts.

A lot has changed in Americans’ diets since the Nutrition Facts labels first appeared on food packages in 1993. Rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer are high and portion sizes have become more and more generous. Nutrition science has made new discoveries and connections between food and health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new Nutrition Facts label design that is easier to read and is helpful for consumers to make healthier, informed food choices.

The FDA says:

Our goal is to help people make better informed food choices that support a healthy diet. The changes are based on updated science that reinforces the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

What’s Changed?

  • Larger and bolder type on serving sizes and amount of calories make it easy to read.
  • Now includes the amount of added sugars and a % daily value.
  • Added sugars should be limited to 10% of daily calories.
  • Vitamin D and potassium added to required nutrients listed.
  • Actual amounts of required nutrients now included.
  • New footnote better explains the percent Daily Value.

Serving Sizes Get a Reality Check

What’s considered a single serving has changed in the decades since the original nutrition label was created. Now serving sizes will be more realistic to reflect how much people typically eat. Package sizes affect how much people eat and drink. Now, for example, both 12 and 20 ounce bottles will be considered 1 serving, since people typically drink both sizes in one sitting.

If food labels are a part of the education you provide students or clients, Learning ZoneXpress has brand new resources that reflect these new changes.  These brand new resources highlight the different sections of the food label to help consumers determine if a food or beverage is a healthy choice, including a review of serving sizes and calories, nutrients to get more and less of, and an explanation of % Daily Value.




5 Ways to Get Active This Summer

The warm weather has finally arrived and is here to stay! Are you ready to make this a more active summer but wondering where to start? Or perhaps you work with clients or students feeling this way? Learning ZoneXpress is here to offer a few tips on how to become more active this summer.

1. Set a goal for your summer – Creating a goal forSet SMART Healthy Behavior Goals Handouts yourself will motivate you to work towards an outcome. Remember to make it a SMART goal.





T-timely (Aim for the goal to be accomplished by the end of the summer).

An example goal could include “Go for a walk outside around the block Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 30 minutes each week with my neighbor.”

The Set SMART Healthy Behavior Goals Handouts are a great tool to help with this!

2. Try a new activity – Perhaps it’s been difficult to become more active because you haven’t found an activity you really enjoy yet. It’s important to enjoy being active so it becomes a hobby within your life, and we encourage you to try something new. (Spoiler- there will be a separate post on trying a new activity soon!)

3. Declutter – Cleaning, organizing or moving items around inside and outside your house can get you moving more. Have you been avoiding cleaning out that closet? What about re-organizing the garage? These are simple ways to get moving, and it can also be a great stress relief.

4. Volunteer – There are many volunteer organizations that allow you to make a difference by being outside, active and social simply through volunteerism. In your internet’s search engine, type “volunteer + your location preference” to see what local opportunities are available for you!

5. Have an active accountability partner – It’s always helpful having a partner to support you through new hobbies and reaching goals. Reach out to a loved-one, friend or co-worker that may want to join you in your active endeavors or help motivate you to be more active .

Hope these tips help you get active this summer! Share your goal with us on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!