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Rethinking the Happy Meal? Learning ZoneXpress has healthy happy meal incentives!

Sweet Potato Foodscapes NotepadsThe Washington Post asks us to rethink Happy Meals

Since the 1970′s, when the Happy Meal was developed by a Midwestern advertising executive, McDonald’s has made incentivizing food choices something of an art form. The little box of fast-food calories with a little toy surprise has proven to be so appealing to children that in 2010 San Francisco passed a law prohibiting toys from being sold with meals that fail to meet certain nutritional standards.

Now, researchers are looking at ways of using a similar model to get kids to choose fruits and vegetables with their school lunches.

At Learning ZoneXpress, we’ve been reframing happy meal incentives for years. Here are  a few samples…

Moose Foodscapes Temporary TattoosMoose Foodscapes Temporary Tattoos
Promote nutrition with fun food character tattoos. Ideal for contest prizes and incentives.
Directions for tattoo application and removal on reverse side.
Set of 100. Size: 1.5″ x 1.5″.
This product contains small parts. Not intended for children under age 3.
The Moose Tattoos are a great incentive or prize.
Price: $18.95 

Super Deluxe Healthy Choices Prize Box
Super Deluxe Healthy Choices Prize BoxReward healthy behavior without sweets with fun and colorful incentives from the Super Deluxe Healthy Choices Prize Box. More than 1,500 incentives and giveaways included in this prize box – all in an easy-to-store carrying case!
The Super Deluxe Healthy Choices Prize Box includes:
100 Fruit & Veggie Farm Bookmarks (910084)
100 Healthy Snacks Bookmarks (910086)
100 Active Kids MyPlate Bookmark (910092)
100 Fruit & Vegetables Beyond Bookmarks (9160)
300 Foodscapes Temporary Tattoos (9558)
200 Foodscapes Stickers (906100)
200 Foodscapes II Stickers (9062)
200 Foodscapes Universal Stickers (9064)
200 Healthy Eating Stickers (916501)
8 Plush Garden Heroes Characters (Pear, Cantaloupe, Eggplant and Spinach)
Price: $129.95 

Sweet Potato Foodscapes Notepads
Write nutritious notes featuring creative food characters with these note pads. Great for incentives, giveaways and gifts.
20 packs of note pads, 50 sheets per pad
Dimensions: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
The Sweet Potato Notepads are a great incentive or prize.
Price: $19.95 

 

Atlanta Public Schools’ Lunches Make the Grade

Love to hear a story like the following

farm to schoolAt many Atlanta Public Schools, students are now digging into sushi, smoothies and flat-bread pizza, thanks to a farm-to-school movement designed to increase variety, freshness and healthy choices.

The farm-to-fork craze that has so captivated the country inspires the farm-to-school program, a 4-year effort that has introduced students in kindergarten through high school to the benefits – and tastes – of locally-grown fruits and vegetables that are dramatically changing cafeteria menus.

“Right now, we’re enjoying apples from Ellijay and tomatoes from Nashville,” said Marilyn Hughes, the district’s director of nutrition since 2003. “They’re just part of the local variety we serve to students.”

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Women from Peñalolen Graduate from Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health Workshop

We are always happy to share news from our friends at EPES…

Women from Peñalolen Graduate from Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health Workshop

EPES 1Santiago, Chile, October 23, 2014 (EPES). – Luz Osorio, 45, is cooking a spinach and walnut frittata. Her daughter Scarlett Jara, 22, hands her the ingredients. They are a motivated team. This is the last recipe they will prepare in the nutrition and the social determinates of health workshop that EPES is giving in their neighborhood of Peñalolen.

Diet and health do not depend on individual choices alone. They are affected by access to food, financial resources, education, health care, as well as age, gender, social class, neighborhood and other factors that the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies as the social determinants of health.

“Because of my work schedule, I had not been able to participate in a community activity for years. This workshop has allowed me to meet and share with women who are my neighbors” shared Luz.

Scarlet, says “This recipe has eggs, milk, spinach, onions and walnuts. I would have never thought of it”. She also highlights that she is learning to cook with fewer ingredients – the same ones she usually purchases -but now in healthier ways. She also adds “I have not tried this recipe yet, but I know it will be delicious”

EPES 2Daniela Lizama, 15, is studying to be a preschool teacher and wants to encourage her future students to eat healthy. “In low income neighborhoods, people eat too much junk food. Rather than spending time cooking at home, people buy completos (a Chilean hotdog which is sold in food carts and restaurants all over the city). Kids are the most affected, they eat unhealthy foods and suffer from obesity from a very young age”.

Myrian Barria, 59, shares “Because I have diabetes I have to eat without salt and sugar. Now I know how to prepare foods and portion control. I feel like it will improve my quality of life and my families too”.

Carmen Naveas, 62, points out “I became more aware of the importance of eating healthy. With only a few ingredients we can make food that is delicious and nutritious. For example, how to prepare zucchini and spinach in new ways, or how to mix differently the same produce that we buy at the food market at a low price”.

Nancy Solar, 40-year old woman says “I was confused and had little information. Now I have been able to change my eating habits and I have more energy. At first I thought I was just going to be told to lose weight by eating healthier, but it has been a much deeper learning process and awareness. I value being able to share with other women and being able to apply what we have learned”

All the participants agreed that the workshop was more than just learning new recipes and nutritional facts.

Celia Higueras, Health Educator at EPES, carefully observes as the women cook and apply the knowledge they have learned. These hands on workshops have been in four Santiago neighborhoods and in the city of Conception where EPES also has a center.

Celia distributes the graduation certificates and then everyone sits down to eat the meals they have cooked together in class. Participants hope that there will be another workshop soon and more women join.

Keeping FACS Alive: Conference for collaboration in California

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I have just had the great opportunity to attend the 29th annual Home Economics Careers and Technology State Leadership and Management conference. At this conference we learn and share ideas with other Home Economics teachers. This lets me know that what we are teaching is rigorous and relevant to today’s teens. We strive to make our students career and college ready, and looking at the common core standards we have been doing this for years. And I love what I do.

Linda Rosensteel

Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger

From our friends at GrantStation

Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger
Youth Service America: Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $400 are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members to address childhood hunger. Young people in the United States, ages 5 to 25, are eligible to apply. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Visit the YSA website to access the online application.