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November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and the theme this year is Diabetes is a Family Affair. To get the month started, the National Diabetes Education Program are hosting a Facebook event on November 1. Check it out to learn more about how Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways.

Learning ZoneXpress also has a range of nutrition education materials to help introduce and inform on diabetes through the lens of the USDA MyPlate icon. They are perfect for a classroom or waiting room setting – anyplace where educators and health care professionals have an opportunity to teach families about health care.

Diabetes MyPlate Handoutsdiabetes myplate handouts

Encourage good food choices with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Handout Tablet. This colorful nutrition education handout features an adaptation of the USDA food pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided in a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes.

The Diabetes MyPlate Handout addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, the importance of daily physical activity and reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet, the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and more.
8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided - Price: $9.95 

Diabetes MyPlate Posterdiabetes myplate poster

Choose healthy foods with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Poster. This poster features an adaptation of the USDA food pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided in a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes. The Diabetes MyPlate poster addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, as well as the importance of daily physical activity and reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet.
18″ x 24″ Laminated - Price: $14.95 

Diabetes MyPlate Tri-fold Brochure

diabetes myplate tri-fold brochure

Promote good food choices with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational nutrition brochure features an adaptation of the USDA food pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided into a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups, including: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes. A Healthy Habit™ is a series of easy-to-read nutrition education brochures for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace.
50 copies, 8 1/2″ x 11″, tri-fold - Price: $16.95 

New Product Announcement: POWer PLAY’te Paper Plates

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – POWer PLAY’te Paper Plates. Great for reminding kids to make healthy choices no matter what the occasion or setting – based on the USDA MyPlate recommendations.

POWer PLAY'te Paper Plates

The POWer PLAY’te™ is a kid-friendly paper plate featuring bright colors and fun fruit and vegetable characters designed to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. Sections of the plate coincide with USDA’s MyPlate icon and incorporates a child’s normal role-playing strategies and teams them with fruits and vegetables to make the connection between healthy eating and playtime.

8 5/8″ diameter
Package of 50

Item # 900100

Price: $19.95 

Trick or Treat – Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Halloween is fast approaching, a time full of festive costumes, spooky decorations, pumpkin carving, and loads and loads of sugary candy. Although there is nothing wrong with an occasional sweet treat, when our kids come home with pillowcases full, we have to wonder…are there any alternatives to bags of Halloween candy?

Of course there are! Here are five suggestions for nutritious and safe treats that don’t trick the body into unhealthy habits:

Stickers: Kids love stickers for their books, craft projects, or to add to their costumes. You can even hand out healthy eating stickers from Learning ZoneXpress. Best of all, stickers don’t have calories, sugar, or corn syrup!

Party Prizes: It’s not too hard to find spider rings, ghost erasers, and other Halloween-themed prizes. Other suggestions from our Facebook fans include glow sticks, silly putty, yo-yos, and even tiny tubs of Play Doh. Lots of fun for not a lot of money! Colorful bookmarks or temporary tattoos are fun options too.

Healthy Snacks:

  • Sugar free gum
  • Granola bars
  • Small bags of crackers or dried fruit
  • Mini bags of popcorn
  • Pumpkin-shaped pretzels
  • Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • String Cheese
  • Fruit snacks
  • Mandarin orange cups with jack-O’-lantern face drawn on top in permanent marker

Safety-conscious parents appreciate something packaged, so fresh fruit, alas, is not such a great idea.

Kid’s Crafts: You can find all kinds of Halloween craft projects online or DIY craft kits can be found at local department of dollar stores. We also just learned of Wikki Stix from a Facebook fan!

Money: Think about giving out nickels, dimes or quarters. The best part? The kids can spend – rather than eat – the leftovers! (And at 20 cents per bite-size bar, it’s about the same price as candy.)

There you have it! Five healthy alternatives to Halloween treats! If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment in the space below or tell us about it on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

Have a safe, happy, and healthy Halloween everyone!

New Product Announcement: MyPlate Paper Plates

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – MyPlate Paper Plates. They are a fun way to remind diners to make healthy choices – even on picnics – based on the USDA MyPlate recommendations…

MyPlate Paper Plates

Demonstrate wise meal selections with affordable MyPlate Paper Plates! The printed section for food is 7 1/2″ in diameter with an attached 2 5/8″ dairy section. Made from sturdy, FDA-food-safe medium-weight paper coated to resist moisture and add rigidity. A perfect teaching aid to use at mealtimes or giveaway to promote healthy eating.

Package of 25 plates

Item # 900109

Price: $14.95 

Recognizing Bully Preventation Month

bullying-bulletin-board-kitOctober is Bully Prevention month. It’s a great reason to help students learn how to be nice, work together and stop bullies. StopBullying.com recently posted some opportunities and tools to help you get on track to encourage Bully Prevention…

Here are just some of the great efforts in store during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

  • Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention.  Media coverage of social issues has a big impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, the entertainment creative community, and others who are developing content about bullying to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.
  • Youth Engagement Event. Across the country, youth are encouraged to talk about bullying by organizing bullying prevention social and educational events through youth organizations in their communities.  Youth can report back on these activities through our Tumblr page. For more information, visit StopBullying.gov.
  • Conversation Starters Mobile App. Later this month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will release an app for parents to help start conversations with their kids about bullying.
  • Bullying Prevention Training Center.  This revamped section of the website provides a one-stop-shop for training materials for educators and community leaders. These new materials will be available in late October in our Training Center on StopBullying.gov.
  • Dear Colleague Letter. The Department of Education has issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague letter that provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to address bullying of students with disabilities.

Keep up to date on the latest bullying prevention resources and tools and sign up for e-mail updates from StopBullying.gov.

Most school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards

Kids’ Safe & Healthful Food Project reports some good news…

Ninety-four percent of U.S. school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards for lunches by the end of the 2012-13 academic year, according to a national survey commissioned by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. However, many school districts say that their current kitchen equipment and infrastructure limit their ability to do so and that food service staff need more training as they work to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, guidelines.

The same article remarks on some of the challenges to going healthy…

The two challenges districts reported most frequently in their efforts to meet the standards were purchasing healthier foods (76 percent) and training staff (64 percent). Other challenges included needing more staff hours; an incomplete understanding of the new meal requirements, including how to qualify for the additional 6-cents-per-lunch reimbursement; and the need for updated equipment and infrastructure.

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to offer some solutions to the training issue. We have two games that have been very popular with foodservice workers…

game to learn school breakfast standardsMeal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game
Review the new USDA School Breakfast Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint training game. The game challenges foodservice workers to identify reimbursable food combinations that meet the guidelines through review of planned menus and corresponding photos of different food combinations. Players must determine if the combination shown is a “meal” (reimbursable) or “no meal” (not reimbursable) in a fun and entertaining game that takes into consideration requirements for two different school years (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) Perfect for training sessions or individual review to test your knowledge of the requirements. The Meal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game has been reviewed and recommended by foodservice directors. Price: $49.95


meal-or-no-meal-school-lunch-training-gameMeal or No Meal School Lunch Training Game

Review the new National School Lunch Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint game.  The game challenges foodservice workers to identify trays that meet the guidelines through photos of different food combinations.  Perfect for training sessions. Price: $49.95

We also have a range of products to help kids make the connection between what’s on their plate and why it’s there! Our 1 Great Plate® product line was developed to bring life to MyPlate and ensure healthy, balanced eating by dividing your plate with visual representation!  A healthy meal is pictured showing the USDA MyPlate divisions of 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein, equaling 1 Great Plate!

 

 

New Product Announcement: Eat to Win Game

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Eat to Win Game. Great for reinforcing lessons learned in a health or nutrition class.

Eat to Win Game

A fun and interactive board game where the players becomes the game piece, Eat to Win Game tests players’ knowledge of nutrition and physical activity through challenge cards promote healthy food choices and regular physical activity. The game includes three sets of cards that require players to do a physical activity, test their own nutrition smarts or challenge another player to answer a question. Optional way to play includes eating healthy snacks from different food groups, making Eat to Win a fun, reality-based wellness game that students will love.

Game includes:
• 40 “Do It” Activity Cards
• 40 “Eat It” Trivia Cards
• 20 Challenge Cards
• 6 Game Pieces
• Game Board
• Player Guide
• 30 Food Tokens
• Play Money
• Die

For ages 6-13
2-6 players

Choking Hazard – Contains small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Item # 500011

Price: $29.95 

Would you like melon with that?

fast-food-nutrition-dvdMcDonald’s is getting healthier! According to the New York Times

It plans to make the changes to its menu in 20 of the company’s largest markets, which account for more than 85 percent of its overall sales, including overseas. But it will take three years or more to put them into place in about half the restaurants in those markets, and the remainder may not have the changes until 2020.

The offerings, which were announced in conjunction with the Clinton Foundation’s campaigns to reduce childhood obesity, are part of McDonald’s efforts to compete for health-conscious customers by featuring food choices that are lower in fat, salt or sugar content than its more traditional burger-and-fries options.

The article notes several reasons for the move to healthier choices – pressure from healthy food advocates, competition from Subway and simple expansion of other healthy changes they have been making over the years.

It will be interesting to see what the impact is – on kids, families and the community. I think most of us can imagine the changes for individuals. School cafeterias have learned that if you offer kids healthy choices – they will accept them. Wouldn’t it be fun to see the children help their parents make the healthy choice? It’s an opportunity to really make a difference.

Also the representative from McDonald’s notes that they are working with their supply chain on options for fresh produce. A customer such as McDonald’s could have an impact on a lot of farmers and the whole industry.

I’m just looking forward to the day they ask if I want to Super-Size my apple slices!

New Product Announcement: 50 App Activities for Fitness

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – 50 App Activities for Fitness. It’s great for kids of all ages and helps tie physical activity to technology.

 50 App Activities for Fitness

Combine physical activity with the latest mobile technology for a uniquely creative way to get up and moving. 50 App Activities for Fitness uses apps for iPods, iPads, smartphones, and tablet computers to encourage active lifestyle choices through a compilation of fifty different lesson plans, teacher resources, and games that are innovative and fun lesson ideas.

Encourage physical activity, daily exercise, and a life-long commitment to wellness with this collection of activities based on free and paid apps. Activities include work-out trackers, apps to help set and achieve goals, virtual fitness flashcards, fitness game challenges and more.

Appropriate for grades 6+

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 100150

UPC: 846742004506

Price: $34.95 

Food Allergy Awareness Month

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)…

Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children.

They have a great video that helps explain an allergic reaction in scientific but accessible language:

Learning ZoneXpress also has a wide range of teaching materials to help children, adults and food service workers understand food allergies and work with people who have food allergies. Here are a couple of our latest food allergy education material releases..

 

celiacGluten-Free and Celiac Disease Handout

Get in the know about gluten-free foods and wheat allergies. Discover who needs to follow a gluten-free diet with the Gluten-Free and Celiac Disease Handout. This two-sided tear-off handout features basic, need-to-know information about gluten, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity. The front side of the handout explains what gluten is, identifies foods that contain gluten, and who needs to follow a gluten-free diet. The backside of the handout explains what is celiac disease and how it is diagnosed, what is gluten sensitivity, and includes a message to always ready ingredient labels on foods, medications, and cosmetics for hidden sources of gluten.

  • 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided
  • © 2013 Learning ZoneXpress
  • Item # 470015
  • Price: $9.95

peanutLactose and Peanut Allergy Handout

Focus on the challenges and considerations of two common food sensitivities and allergies with the Lactose and Peanut Allergy Handout. This two-sided tear-off handout features brief overviews of lactose intolerance and peanut allergy. The front side of the handout identifies sources of lactose, who is most likely to be lactose intolerant, and alternative sources of calcium. The backside of the handout explains the difference between a peanut allergy and a tree nut allergy, what can be done to prevent allergic reactions, the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and a definition of what is anaphylaxis.

  • 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided
  • © 2013 Learning ZoneXpress
  • Item # 470100
  • Price: $9.95