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National Food Day October 24 – Enjoy it!

food scapesOK it seems like just days since we celebrated World Food Day. And it was – just October 16 yet here comes another reason to celebrate food – National Food Day on October 24. Here are the various ways to celebrate – according to the National Food Day website

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

Looking to get involved in Food Day 2014?  Here are five ways you can participate from wherever you are:

  1. Attend a Food Day event — Check out our Food Day national map and plug in your zipcode to find details about Food Day events near you.

  2. Join the #FoodDayChat Twitter Chat — 5 hours, 5 topics — a conversation about food justice, public health, food policy, and more.  This online event is hosted by@FoodDay2014, 12-5pm ET on October 24.  Follow and use hashtag #FoodDayChat to participate.

  3. Thunderclap —  Register your social media account for the #FoodDay2014 Thunderclap to add your voice to support real and just food for all.  The more people who sign up, the bigger the impact we can make!

  4. Food Literacy Quiz —  Share the Food Day Food Literacy Quiz and encourage your network to take it on Food Day.

  5. #FoodDayPlate — Participate in the #FoodDayPlate contest on social media by sharing a photo of your healthy or sustainable meal on Food Day! Use hashtag #FoodDayPlate to participate

For our part we’re going to do what we try to do every day – promote and celebrate healthy food and healthy life choices!!

Infectious Disease: Spread the Word, Not the Germs

It’s in the news – everyone is at least a little worried about infectious disease these days. One of the things the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does is CDC promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. They have a website that helps visitors appreciate that being healthy is just the first step in preparing students – but also provides tools to get school and classrooms prepared such as Coordinated School Health, systematic approach to improving students’ health and well-being so they can participate and succeed in school.

School Health recently posted a series of articles that help frame the topic:

At Learning ZoneXpress we have some tools to help too – often with younger students We have a series of products that promotes and rewards hand washing. It’s a good first step toward keeping kids healthy and it’s a step that even preK and early elementary grades can understand:handwashing

Handwashing and “I Tried It” Sticker Set

Reward proper handwashing techniques and adventurous eating with these colorful stickers. Stickers make a great reward or prize! 4 rolls (2 rolls each design), 200 – 2″ diameter stickers per roll in 4 sticker styles

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Glo Gel for HandwashingGlo Germ Experiment Kit

Glo Germ™ is an effective way to show proper hand washing and cleaning and helps you teach general infection control. The oil, powder or lotion contains plastic simulated “germs” and armed with an ultraviolet lamp you become the “germ detective”. For hand washing training use the oil or lotion, the powder can be used to show surface contamination

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How are you going to celebrate World Food Day?

October 16 is World Food Day. SO what is World Food Day? According to the website…

World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.

In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.  From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.

The Theme this year is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. So what are you planning to do? The World Food Day has a database of events in the US. Check it out and if you have an event planned, please add it to the map!

Halloween Treats that don’t Play Tricks with Nutrition

Halloween – it’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. Kids love it. We love to see the kids have fun. We love to see the creativity of the costumes. For many part of the US it’s a last hurrah before the winter sets in. But the candy – the bags and bags of candy. It’s not great for health or teeth.

 

We have handouts with great tips to help create some fun, tasty and nutritious treats. It’s a great time to hand them out at school, at the rec center, at the doctor’s office or other public health posts. It’s a reminder to parents and educators that we can celebrate without getting into scary food situations. We know on top of the health concerns, we’re all seen our angles turn into monster, with or without costume, after a few too many treats. There’s a handout for healthy Halloween party tips and one of healthy Halloween treats.

Happy World Egg Day!

Today is World Egg Day. The yolk’s on you if you have planned anything. We are going to try to post some “eggacting” Tweets to help you keep up on good ideas, pithy facts and lore of eggs to entertain your classes or maybe just your friends. We’re going to start by reminding of you of our Amazing Eggs Activity Lessons and a snippet from our Amazing Eggs 2012 DVD.

Lights! Camera! Save! Video Contest for Teens on Financial LIteracy

money smartWe think this is a great way to get kids interested in financial literacy…

Lights! Camera! Save! Video Contest for Teens October – November 2014 (Nationwide)The American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Engagement Foundation sponsors this video contest for banks to engage teenagers to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. Banks host the local level of the competition and select winners to compete on the national level. The top three winners receive cash prizes to help pay for their education. Winners will be announced in February 2015 during America Saves Week. http://www.aba.com/Engagement/Pages/financialed.aspx

And we just happen to have a range of financial literacy school resources – if you were thinking of turning this into a class project.

Five reasons to get your teen (and younger kids) to walk to school on National Walk to School Day

I’m looking forward to walk to school day. I have three kids – two teenagers and one 10 year old. I walk the 10 year old to school most days; the teens start earlier (7:30 am!) so they don’t walk as often but I think I’m going to try to get them up and at ‘em on October 8 for National Walk to School Day. I’m going to have to sell them on the idea; teens like their sleep. But I think I’ve come up with some compelling reasons… 50-ways-physical-activity-poster

  1. It’s good exercise! And research shows that just one of four teens get enough exercise.
  2. Exercise helps you think better. Studies indicate that teens who exercise regularly get better grades.
  3. Exercise is good for your skin – it boosts circulation and the delivery of nutrients to your skin.
  4. Exercise reduces stress and reduces depression; again studies bear out this assertion.
  5. When you walk to school you increase the odds of running into other teens. Finding a walking buddy can help start a good habit

These reasons are just as good for the younger kids and with younger kids, kids who will still walk with mom or dad, I could add a few more benefits…

  1. It’s extra time with a parent when you can talk and catch up on daily events.
  2. As a parent you get to know the neighborhood in a new way. Are there corners you might want them to avoid.
  3. You can model good behavior; stop for the lights, say hello to neighbors, talk about how to react to strangers.
  4. The parent also experiences the top five benefits above.

 

Walk to School Day October 8: Get your school signed up

50-ways-physical-activity-posterMichigan Fitness is sponsoring Walk To School Day on October 8. The hope is that it will be the largest walking celebration in the US. It’s a great opportunity to get kids, parents and educators excited and talking about daily fitness. Learn more…

Walk to School Day 2014 registration is now open! Be a part of one of the largest walking celebrations in the United States, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

For more information and to register your school, visit saferoutesmichigan.org/w2sd

Why participate in Walk to School Day? Walk to School Day encourages physical fitness and healthy habits, heightens awareness of traffic, safety, and environmental concerns around schools, is an environmentally-friendly and inexpensive activity, helps kick off a community-wide Safe Routes to School initiative, and it’s a fun way to spend time with your child, grandchild, or other special young person in your life!

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