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International Day of Play – Saturday Sep 21

play-posterWhat are you doing for the International Day of Play? Don’t let this holiday going by without a celebration. It’s a fun, yet important, reminder of the advantages of being active of taking time to have fun – to work to live and not live to work. Those are some important lessons for adults and kids. And your kids (be them students, offspring, nieces, nephews or neighbors) will remember the time you took for fun.

Not sure what you’d do to celebrate? Nick has a whole website dedicated to the effort. You can learn about what they have planned for New York City. Or check out their Top 10 Ways to Play tip sheet. Or turn off the computer, the smartphone, the tablet and ask a kid.

Or think back to the games you loved as a kid and help today’s generation go retro with a wicked game of Steal the Flag or Red Rover!

Happy Food Safety Month

It’s not a conventional holiday, but aren’t we glad that we can celebrate food safety? It’s something we usually take for granted, but we shouldn’t. People in the foodservice industry spend a lot of time learning how to safely prepare our foods when we’re out. And for generations FACS classrooms have taught us how to prepare foods when we’re at home.

Learning ZoneXpress has a wide range of products that help teach people about food safety whether they’re cooking at home or in a professional setting. Here’s a sample of what LZX creates…

spoiled-rotten-food-safety-dvdSpoiled Rotten Food Safety DVD
The Food Safety Investigation (FSI) Team checks for clues of food poisoning at a food safety crime scene. In this film, viewers will learn the basic rules to prevent food-borne illnesses: clean hands, food, utensils and surfaces; separate foods while shopping, storing and preparing to prevent cross-contamination; cook foods to recommended temperatures to kill bacteria; chill and store foods promptly and at proper temperatures.
Teaching Materials included. Appropriate for grades 5-9. 16 min.
Price: $49.95

50 App Activities for Food Safety and Sanitation50 App Activities for Food Safety and Sanitation
Engage students in creative food safety and sanitation lessons and activities that utilize the latest classroom technology: apps!  The best educational apps for teaching food safety are included in this collection filled with lesson plans for teachers, teaching resources, and fun games based on both free and paid apps for Apple and Android devices.
Includes lesson ideas utilizing apps to:
• Practice quizzes and test questions for ServSafe certification
• Play games that teach players the importance of good hygiene and food safety in a restaurant
• Track the sources of different foods by scanning the food’s barcode
For grade 6 – 12
Price: $34.95

meals-in-minutes-kitchen-food-safety-dvdMeals in Minutes: Kitchen & Food Safety DVD
Keep yourself safe in the kitchen! Learn the difference between safe and dangerous safety practices in the kitchen as “DO Stevie” and “DON’T Stevie” prepare food simultaneously. An engaging SILENT, split screen format allows viewers to study right and wrong methods.
Topics covered include:
• Hand washing
• Knife safety
• Cross-contamination
• Burns and cuts
• Food storage
• And more!
Step-by-step preparation of apple crisp, spaghetti & salad.
Price: $49.95

New Product Announcement: Foodscapes® Mini Cards with Flip Case

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Foodscapes® Mini Cards with Flip Case. They are colorful reminders to kids to eat their fruits and vegetables…

Foodscapes® Mini Cards with Flip Case

Decorate your serving line or amuse your clients with a fun, tabletop display of adorable Foodscapes® characters. Twelve laminated cards with Foodscapes characters are easily stored and displayed in an acrylic case that folds open into a display easel.

12 – 4 7/8″ x 5 1/2″ Laminated.

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 9221

Price: $10.00 

Stop Obesity with Better Snacks: Win a Garden Hero

zoey-zucchini-garden-heroWe are on a quest in September (National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) to fight obesity together by sharing some of our favorite snack ideas and recipes that feature fruits and vegetables.

To get the ball rolling, we thought we’d suggest a fruit or vegetable each week by introducing one of our Garden Heroes. Then we invite Facebook fans to post a snack recipe, idea or picture that features the Garden Hero of the week on our Facebook page or simply tag us in the post. (Or Twitter followers can send an idea or link to a recipe and tag us @LZXpress.)

Each week one fan who has shared will be selected to win a Garden Hero. We are starting this week with Zoey Zucchini.

We’ll post the Garden Hero on Monday and select a winner on Friday for the last three Mondays in September. Good luck!

September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month, highlighting a national epidemic that affects one-in-three American children who are overweight or obese.

Since the 1970s, obesity rates among U.S. children have tripled.  Millions of young people are now facing increased risk of serious illnesses that were previously seen only in adults, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, asthma and some types of cancer.

However, recent studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show some modest progress in combating this problem.  The CDC reports obesity rates among children holding steady after decades of sharp increases and even decreasing slightly among some preschoolers in 19 states and territories.

“Although this success is limited, it shows we can reverse childhood obesity,” said Learning ZoneXpress (LZX) Founder Melanie Nelson. “The solution lies in education and awareness.  When people understand the facts and have the right tools, they can take action.”

Educators play a critical role in providing information to families, and the materials they share can help promote life-long healthy habits.

With this in mind, LZX offers two engaging educational products focused on combating obesity.

Active Kids MyPlate Poster

First is the Active Kids MyPlate Poster designed to encourage kids to “get moving.”  Colorful and inviting, the 24” x 18” laminated poster incorporates a sports theme as well as hero characters to promote both healthy food choices and 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Active Kids MyPlate Handout

A second kid-friendly product, the Active Kids MyPlate Handout, features the same theme and messaging presented in a smaller format.  Ideal for distributing directly to children and families, the 8 ½” x 11” two-sided handout is available in a pack of 50.

Virtual Focus Group – Looking for Educators or Parents of ages 3-6 and 7-11

mighty-myplate-activity-books-for-ages-3-6Learning ZoneXpress wants you – especially if you work and play with grade school kids. We want to talk to you about how you use activity books in the classroom or home. We are especially interested in how you might use our Mighty MyPlate Nutrition Activities for Kids books. We have MyPlate Activity Books for age 3-6 and 7-11.

Does that sound like you? If so, please let us know.

We would like to send you copies of our Mighty MyPlate Activity Books (ages 3-6 or ages 7-10) and we’d like to hear what you think. Specifically let us know where and how you’d use an activity book like this by posting a comment and/or picture of you using the book on our Facebook Page (or on your own timeline and tag us!) or if you have a blog or other media, please write a review and post there. We are looking for folks to post comments before October 1, 2013.

We will send a $20 Learning ZoneXpress gift certificate to anyone who is selected and successfully participates. Please contact toni@learningzonexpress.com for more information.

New Product Announcement: MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster. It’s a great way to promote the USDA MyPlate recommendations and support the vegetarian lifestyle…

MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster

Take a closer look at the MyPlate food icon through the lens of a plant-based vegetarian diet with the MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster. This poster features photographs of healthy, nutrient-rich vegetarian food options from each food group along with tips to help vegetarians make the healthiest choices. The poster also includes brief explanations of the four most common types of vegetarians: flexitarian or semi-vegetarian, pescatarian, vegetarian (lacto-, ovo-, and lacto-ovo), and vegan.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 410228

UPC: 846742004537

Price: $14.95 

New Product Announcement: 1 Balanced Lunch Bag Handout

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest educational products – 1 Balanced Lunch Bag Handout. It’s a great tool to help students, families and anyone who takes a lunch bag to remember the MyPlate equation…

1 Balanced Lunch Bag Handout

Build a better bag lunch with suggestions and tips from the 1 Balanced Lunch Bag Handout! An easy to remember equation teaches consumers to fill half their lunch bag with fruits and vegetables, 1/4 of the bag whole grains, 1/4 of the bag lean protein, and include a serving of low-fat dairy. An easy to read chart on the front side of the handout gives suggestions of healthy and easy foods to pack from each food group. The handout backside gives reasons why you should pack your lunch, easy lunch ideas, how to make packing your lunch convenient, selecting healthy beverages, and proper storage of your lunch.

8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 470203

UPC: 846742004513

Price: $9.95 

Monday Movie Review: Breakfast Because

Get your students off to a good start on their first day and every day with a good breakfast. And get them in the mood and in the know with a video that explains why breakfast is so important…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What makes it so important? In this clip, practical breakfast basics are presented including how to choose a healthy breakfast cereal and ideas for grab and go breakfasts. From “Breakfast Because” from Learning ZoneXpress.

New Product Announcement: Food Safety Basics Handouts

We’re delighted to unveil a new handout that teaches kids how to be safe with food preparation – Food Safety Basics Handouts!

Food Safety Basics Handouts

Discover need-to-know information about how to keep food safe and prevent foodborne illness with the Food Safety Basics Handouts. The handout features basic information about the four principles of food safety: Clean, Chill, Cook, and Separate, along with information to keep foods safe when grocery shopping and specific information for keeping eggs safe. The simple design of the handout features easy to read type makes it perfect for older adults and low-literacy populations.

8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

Price: $9.95