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New Product Announcement: LANA Fruit & Veggie Stickers

We’re delighted to unveil a new product that promotes healthy habits with younger kids – from Pre-K to early elementary grades – the LANA Fruit & Veggie Stickers!

 LANA Fruit & Veggie Stickers

Reward a job well done or celebrate a love of fruits and vegetables with LANA Fruit & Veggie Stickers. These colorful nutrition stickers feature Lana the Iguana, the mascot of the Learning About Nutrition through Activities (LANA) Program, a research-based program which encourages children to taste, eat, and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. Use these stickers as an incentive or prize.

2″ diameter, 4 designs, 200 stickers per roll.

Price: $6.95

New Rules for School Snacks

snack smartThe USDA recently released their Smart Snacks in School rule. They defined nutrition standards to be applied to all snacks and beverages sold on school campuses during the school day. We applaud the effort to keep healthy options for kids and adults. It will help support healthy decision making all day long, hopefully setting  lifelong habits – but we also understand the challenge for cash strapped schools that have used school store sales (including snacks and sometimes beverages) to supplement budgets.

Here are some of the highlights brought about by the new nutrition rules:

  • More of the foods we should encourage. Like the new school meals, the standards require healthier foods, more whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and leaner protein.
  • Less of the foods we should avoid. Food items are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium and provide more of the nutrients kids need.
  • Targeted standards. Allowing variation by age group for factors such as portion size and caffeine content.
  • Flexibility  for important traditions.  Preserving the ability for parents to send their kids to school with homemade lunches or treats for activities such as birthday parties, holidays, and other celebrations; and allowing schools to continue traditions like fundraisers and bake sales.
  • Ample time for implementation. Schools and food and beverage companies will have an entire school year to make the necessary changes, and USDA will offer training and technical assistance every step of the way.
  • Reasonable limitations on when and where the standards apply. Ensuring that standards only affect foods that are sold on school campus during the school day. Foods sold at afterschool sporting events or other activities will not be subject to these requirements.
  • Flexibility  for state and local communities.  Allowing significant local and regional autonomy by only establishing minimum requirements for schools. States and schools that have stronger standards than what is being proposed will be able to maintain their own policies.

So what does this mean? The good news is that we have a year to implement. The rules are an extension of the school lunch standards so looking at what you’ve done in the cafeteria is a good place to start. Getting the faculty, staff, students and parents on board makes sense too. Helping them to understand the benefits of the change and informing them of changes as or even before they are made is helpful too.

$5 Terrific Tuesday Poster Sale

Multiple Intelligences Poster SetIt is week 8 of our TERRIFIC TUESDAY SUMMER SALE.  Take a look at our July 23rd specials below.

The full set of eight posters (Item # 410016) can be purchased for $39.95. Today only, posters in this set are offered individually for just $5 each. **

** While supplies last. May not be applied to previous orders.

Every students's learning style is different! The Body Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00
Every students's learning style is different! The Logic  Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00

Every students's learning style is different! The Music Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00
Every students's learning style is different! The People Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00
Every students's learning style is different! The Picture Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00
Every students's learning style is different! The Self Smart Poster features one of the multiple intelligences.

Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00

New Product Announcement: School Breakfast Benefits Poster

We’re delighted to unveil a new product that promotes healthy breaks in the schools – the School Breakfast Benefits Poster!

School Breakfast Benefits Poster

Encourage students to be the best they can be by starting their day with school breakfast. The School Breakfast Benefits Poster promotes the academic advantages students have when they eat breakfast at school, including higher class participation, better knowledge retention, making healthier food choices, and more.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

Price: $14.95

$5 Terrific Tuesday Poster Sale

**While supplies last.

Fruit & Vegetable Feelings Poster

Promote diets rich in fruits and vegetables by …
Item # 410079
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $5.00
Cell Phone Manners Poster

11″ x 17″ Laminated Learn cell phone etiquette…
Item # 4414
Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00 
Food Energy Poster

Learn how eating fruits and veggies gives you a…
Item # 410122
Regular Price: $9.95
On Sale For: $5.00 

Monday Movie Review: Energy Balanace

Watch this quick preview of Energy Balance to help you get motivated to get active!

Learn more about Energy Balance DVD

Being physically active and eating from all the food groups is key to balancing your energy. Registered Dietitian Melissa Halas-Liang discusses the nutrition basics of the energy equation, while personal trainer Dwayne Arthur Jones explains the importance of balancing the equation by using that energy. Discover:

• The best food choices using MyPlate as a guide
• Short-term and long-term benefits of physical activity
• Tips to be active each day
• How to overcome common excuses
• How to continue being active into adulthood

Includes brief interviews with teens about how they stay healthy through physical activity

Shout out for FACS!

finance50Did you happen to catch the Today Show earlier this week? The hosts, Mr. Geist and Ms. Morales, spoke about teaching finance in the schools as if it’s not currently available. We’re here to say that  Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) have been offering personal and home finance classes for decades! It’s part of the life skills curriculum that FACS practitioners and supporters find vital to an education today. At Learning ZoneXpress, we have a range of resources targeted at teaching financial literacy skills. One of our top sellers is the 50 App Activities for Financial Literacy and Independent Living collection.

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences is reaching out to the Today Show and the hosts to educate them on Family and Consumer Science curriculum…

The members of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), a not-for-profit organization that represents and supports family and consumer sciences professionals and students, are passionate about preparing students to live effectively as individuals, families, members of the workforce, and public citizens making a positive impact on their communities.

More than 35,000 family and consumer sciences secondary educators teach more than 5 million students nationwide. In their courses, family and consumer sciences educators provide research-based knowledge and essential skills in the areas of personal and family finance, nutrition and wellness, human development, housing and interior design, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.

AAFCS sent a letter to the TV show and posted it on their website to share with FACS supporters with the hope that they will in turn use it to develop more FACS supporters. We invite you to do the same by sending a note to or about the Today show. If you use the #fcsontoday @todayshow tags (in Twitter and Facebook) it will help others find and recognize your support!

Tuesday Summer $5 Poster Sale

It is week six of our TERRIFIC TUESDAY SUMMER SALE.  Take a look at our July 9th specials below. Today only, the following posters are marked down to just $5. (While supplies last!)

Dips and Sauces Poster

Item # 4475
Regular Price: $16.95 On Sale For: $5.00
Find Your Way Poster

Item # 4531
Regular Price: $16.95 On Sale For: $5.00
Global Warming Poster

Item # 4389
Regular Price: $9.95 On Sale For: $5.00
Jump Up! Poster

Item # 410001
Regular Price: $14.95 On Sale For: $5.00
Mastering Measuring Poster

Item # 4345
Regular Price: $14.95 On Sale For: $5.00

 

Monday Movie Review: Communication Basics – Body Language

Communication is more than what you say, it’s how you say it. The Communication Basics – Body Language video will help students recognize how to make their most of their non-verbal communication:

Join hosts Anne and Ben as they learn about the basics of communication! In this clip, professional actors demonstrate the importance of body language and non-verbal communication. Anne and Ben discover how to communicate clearly through learning communication basics, active listening, non-verbal communication, and how we communicate online in “Character: Communication Basics.”

Movie Monday: Goal Setting: Discovering Your GIfts

There are few jobs more rewarding that helping teens discover their gifts. The following video can help…

It walks through the steps and strategies of goal setting and helps youth discover how these steps can help them accomplish your goal! In this clip from “Goal Setting: Discovering Your Gifts” (DVD available from Learning ZoneXpress), see how a variety of high school students are pursuing their goals and dreams.