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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

According to healthfinder.gov “One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese.” Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Learning ZoneXpress encourages your family to make healthy changes together.410124

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For nutrition education resources to help you get started, visit Learning ZoneXpress.

School Gardens in the U.S. and Canada Supported

From our friends at GrantStation…

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School Gardens in the U.S. and Canada Supported
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Applications for U.S. projects must be submitted by October 31, 2015; Canadian applications are due November 15, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to complete the online application.

Celebrate Whole Grains Month!

September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains!

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What are whole grains?

Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates.  They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy.

How can you determine if a food is whole grain? 

Look for the word “whole” in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as “100% whole-grain” or “whole wheat”.  An easy way to look for whole grain foods is to look for the Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council.

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Whole Grains Council Stamp

 

Some popular whole grains include:

  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-wheat bread, cereals, crackers, pasta

It’s easy to make 1/2 your grains whole grains with so many delicious options!  Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Learning ZoneXpress!  Visit our website to see all of our Whole Grain nutrition education products.

 

 

 

Youth-Led Social Justice Activism Supported

From our friends at GrantStation

Youth-Led Social Justice Activism Supported
Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund
The Third Wave Fund supports youth-led gender justice activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States. Third Wave’s Mobilize Power Fund provides grants of up to $3,000 for urgent organizing and activism led by young women of color, queer, and trans youth around the country who are leading movements for justice and are taking on this country’s most challenging issues. Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to organizations with budgets under $500,000 that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources. Proposals are accepted all year, and reviewed on the 15th day of each month. Visit the Third Wave website to learn more about the application process.

Support for After-School Technology Programs for Teens

From our friends at GrantStation

Support for After-School Technology Programs for Teens
Best Buy Foundation: National Grants
The Best Buy Foundation is dedicated to providing underserved teens access to opportunities through technology that helps them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The Foundation’s National Grants support nonprofit organizations with national scope that create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies. Targeted technologies include computing, digital photography, filmmaking and videography, graphic design, coding, website design, audio production, robotics, game development, and computer maintenance. Program grants, generally ranging from $100,000 to $200,000, are provided. Nonprofit organizations with existing out-of-school time programs and a proven track record of serving youth, ages 13-18, are eligible to apply. Organizations must be located within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or operation center, and have the ability to conduct programming in at least five cities across the country (not solely in one region). The application deadline is November 1, 2015. Visit the Best Buy website to review the National Partnership Request for Proposals, take the eligibility quiz, and submit an online application.