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Girl Scout Report on Financial Literacy and Girls

Girl Scout Research Institute recently conducted a survey of 1,000 girls ages 8–17 to better understand girls’ level of financial literacy and their confidence, attitudes, and experiences with regard to money.

Here are 5 Key Findings

  1. Girls are optimistic about their future.
  2. Adults, especially mothers, play an important role in girls’ financial education.
  3. Only half of girls feel confident making financial decisions,
  4. Girls know they need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams. 
  5. Financial knowledge grows as girls get older.

50 App Activities for Financial Literacy and Independent LivingIt great to learn about the optimism but clearly there’s an opportunity here too – an opportunity to teach financial literacy and boost girls’ confidence.

Learning ZoneXpress has some curriculum materials that can help bring financial literacy to the Girls Scout troop. One of our most popular tools is our recent handbook – 50 App Activities for Financial Literacy and Independent Living. It will cultivate an interest in money management and the skills needed for living on your own using app-driven lesson plans, teaching resources, and educational games.  A big help when you need an on-site activity or want to give girls (or boys) more information to check out later.

New Product Announcement: School Breakfast Benefits Stickers

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – School Breakfast Benefits Stickers. They are a fun reward and incentive that reminds kids that good nutrition starts with a healthy breakfast…

School Breakfast Benefits Stickers

Promote the benefits of eating breakfast at school with the School Breakfast Benefits Stickers. These colorful stickers tie the importance of eating breakfast at school with academic success in the classroom. Use these stickers to help promote your breakfast program or as an incentive or prize for games and contests.

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

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 906517

Price: $6.95 

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New Product Announcement: Rise and Shine with Breakfast Poster

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Rise and Shine with Breakfast Poster. It’s a perfect addition to a school lunchroom or cafeteria…

Rise and Shine with Breakfast Poster

Achieve more with school breakfast! The Rise and Shine with Breakfast Poster promotes the benefits of eating breakfast at school and help students identify how to select the best choices at school breakfast.

This poster helps students identify and select breakfast choices by food group that reflect new School Breakfast Program requirements that are compliant with Offer Vs. Serve, while encouraging students to build their breakfast with all food group choices for a balanced breakfast. The poster helps promote the new changes to breakfast as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 with easy to understand breakdowns of breakfast food choices.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 410229

UPC: 846742004568

Price: $14.95 

Healthy Holiday Greeting Cards – On sale now

Our healthy holiday cards are always a big hit. They are on sale right now: Get a set of six for $5.50. (Regualr price is $9.95.) While supplies last or sale ends November 30, 2013. Order now!

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, Spotlighting the Disease That Affects Millions of Children and Adults

diabetes myplate posterNational Diabetes Awareness month is held every November to promote a greater understanding and awareness of diabetes as well as the many  consequences surrounding this challenging disease.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million Americans – both children and adults ­– have diabetes.  Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal, a result of the body’s ability to either produce or use insulin.  If not diagnosed, managed and controlled effectively, diabetes can lead to serious health issues, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage.

It is also estimated 79 million more people have prediabetes, a condition which places them at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease.  The cost of treating diagnosed diabetes totals at least $245 billion annually.

“Education and making healthy lifestyle choices are the most powerful tools we have to fight against diabetes,” said Learning ZoneXpress (LZX) Founder Melanie Nelson. “Information leads to knowledge and that turns into proactive choices.  The more proactive our citizens are, the more success we will see in reducing diabetes.”

For diabetics or those who are at risk for the disease, being proactive means maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular exercise, consuming a diabetes-friendly diet, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

To encourage these appropriate lifestyle decisions, LZX offers numerous engaging learning products that address diabetes.

The newest education LZX diabetes learning tools are four diabetes-friendly MyPlate products, including a tri-fold brochure, two-sided handout, Spanish-version handout and poster.  All of these resources feature colorful graphics and promote smart food choices for those who are either at risk or those who have already received a diabetes diagnosis.

The content in all LZX diabetes materials feature an adaption of the new USDA food pyramid that promotes diabetes-friendly foods and portions.  Also emphasized in all the diabetes materials is the importance of daily physical activity, the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet and the positive impact of reducing intake of solid fats, added sugars and salt.

New Product Announcement: Eat to Win Flashcard Game

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Eat to Win Flashcard Game. It’s a fun way to get kids to think about healthy choices…

Good nutrition and daily physical activity in a fun, active, and age-appropriate way. The Eat to Win Flashcard Game is a classroom edition of cards that test a child’s understanding of exercise and healthy food choices. Quiz It cards offer an opportunity to write your own questions on the wipe-off surface. Know It cards challenge children to answer questions about physical activities and exercise. Do It cards challenge children to do the activity shown to win points. Eat It cards pose questions for students to answer about nutrition. A handy instruction booklet offers variations of games to play with the flashcards.

Set includes:
• 10 Know It Flashcards
• 16 Do It Flashcards
• 16 Eat It Flashcards
• 6 Blank Fill-In Flashcards
• Instruction Booklet with game rules

Price: $19.95 

The health-focused flashcard game is available for a range of grade levels:

New Product Announcement: Build a Balanced Breakfast Tools

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Build a Balanced Breakfast Tools (Build a Balanced Breakfast Handout and ). They are great for reinforcing the message that a healthy breakfast is a smart nutrition choice…

Build a Balanced Breakfast HandoutsBuild a Balanced Breakfast handout

Encourage students to build a balanced breakfast with all food choices offered at school breakfast and inform parents about recent changes to school breakfast and Offer vs. Serve guidelines with the Build a Balanced Breakfast Handout.

The handout helps promote healthy food choices from all the food groups, lists the benefits of eating school breakfast, and helps educate parents and guardians about the details of the changes to school breakfast based on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 broken down into simplified, easy to read, bulleted information.

8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 470230

UPC: 846742004582

Price: $9.95

Build a Balanced Breakfast Poster

Encourage students to build a balanced breakfast with all food choices with the Build a Balanced Breakfast Poster. This poster helps promote the new changes to the School Breakfast Poster as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 in a simplified way for students to quickly understand.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 410230

UPC: 846742004575

Price: $14.95

Great Review from Library Media Connection

We are pleased with our latest review from Library Media Connection

my-digital-life-dvdMy Digital Life

2013. 18 min. $79.95. Learning ZoneXpress. Grades 7-12.

This excellent video focuses on digital communication. It looks at our everyday online social interactions and asks the question: are we better for the influence they have in our lives, or are they ruling our lives? Socializing via technology is not the same as face-to-face interactions which increase emotional intelligence. Students are asked to consider whether heavy media use is having a negative effect on their life, and advice is given regarding building digital reputations. Attention can be focus on only one thing at a time and constant digital interruptions deter focused attention. Students will relate to the teens in this video, and teachers and parents will like the strategy offered to navigate the new digital world. Closed-captioned. Teri Hennessy, Library Information Specialist, Wilmette (Illinois) Junior High School

Library Media Connection. Highly Recommended.

Fun mention from Annual Nutrition Conference Secret Shopper

Hey – we have some fun news to share!  This year at the Annual Nutrition Conference (ANC) put on by SNA, they had Secret Shopper’s and they picked our dry erase menu board and featured it in their publication.  It’s on page 38 of the School Nutrition publication. Here’s what they’ve said…

1 great tray dry erase board“Learning ZoneXpress is a terrific sources for creative promotional, educational and training materials for school nutrition operations. Secret Shoppers applauded the company’s “bright and eye catching” laminated posters, which “project all the messages we want for both staff and students!” The wide array of MyPlate items was noted, as was the Terrific Tray Dry Erase Menu Board, deemed “very user-friendly for students to identify meal components. It’s erasable, so it can be updated every day.” The Board is available in two sizes and features an images of  a lunch tray divided into the different meal pattern requirements. Also touted was a new resource: 5-minute Foodservice Activities, which “will be a great tool for managers’ meetings and inservices.” This spiral-bound book includes 50 different activities, divided into five themes essential for running a compliant school nutrition operation.”