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Learning ZoneXpress on Fox 9

We are delighted to share a video of Maureen Lyons of Learning ZoneXpress. Maureen was recently featured on FOX 9 Morning News to talk about the LANA Preschool Program. Using nutrition education and healthy activities, the LANA program gives teachers the tools they need to engage and encourage children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables.

Food Allergy Awareness Week: Spread the Word

Food Allergy Awareness Week is being observed May 12-18, 2013. We thought “What better time to debut two BRAND NEW food allergy resources?” As these issues increase, it’s important to educate staff, students, parents, and others on the importance of being aware of food allergies and sensitivities. Take a look at the resources below to help you do just that.

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

Monday Movie Preview: My Digital Life

My Digital Life is a video that explores the perils and possibilities of the brave new digital world. This thought-provoking video addresses issues of privacy and the digital footprint; misguided notions about multitasking and learning; as well as the value of being wired vs. unplugged. Are we really more connected or are we losing intrapersonal skills? Is this technology robbing us of our sleep, our free time? Is it controlling our lives? And, what should we be telling our children, ourselves? Enjoy the sneak preview…

Grants for Good Dental care

dentalWe thought folks might be interested in the following from GrantStation

Grants Promote Oral Health Programs for Babies and Toddlers
ADA Foundation: Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health
The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation provides grants for sustainable programs in dental research, education, access to care, and also provides assistance for dentists and their families in need. The Foundation’s Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations whose oral health promotion initiatives are designed to improve and maintain children’s oral health through primary prevention and education. For 2013, grant funding will be considered for community-based nonprofit organizations that offer parent/caregiver education programs to prevent early childhood caries in babies and toddlers by circumventing primary oral bacterial infection before it can take hold in the baby’s mouth. Approximately 17 grants will be provided. Applications must be received by June 10, 2013. Visit the ADA Foundation’s website to review the application information.

Think Healthy Thursday: Veggiecation

veggiecationEveryone needs a good advocate! Vegetables seem to have a great advocate in Veggication – a website and program that strives to…

promote and educate communities on the health benefits of vegetables and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways.

We ran across it recently and were very impressed. It started with one person – certified nutritionist and school food specialist – with a drive to help kids learn about nutrition. The program includes a range of services such as presentations, curricular materials and app!

Our favorite part of the website is the recipe section. Who can turn down a Shamrock Smoothie as a way to fit a little extra kale and bananas into your diet.

Monday Movie Preview: Help I’m Stressed

It’s Monday. Are you already feeling the stress of the week? Learn exactly what stress is and discover that there is both bad stress and good stress on this clip from “Help I’m Stressed” DVD from Learning ZoneXpress.

Monday Movie Preview: Sew Thirfty

It’s snowing in Minnesota tonight. So we thought we’d combine two of our favorite winter pastimes – watching movies and sewing.

It’s a quick look at our Sew Thrifty DVD to inspire creativity and help you create a unique and fashionable look using second-hand thrift store clothing for your next sewing project! Instructor Kimberly Oedekoven explores her local thrift store while explaining what to look for when shopping and practical thrifting tips to find used clothes to refresh and refashion into something new.

Take a kid to work day April 25 – lead by example

National School Breakfast Week with Learning ZoneXpressThursday April 25 is Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day. According to the Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day website, here’s the goal of the day…

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Each year, we develop new interactive activities and partnerships that will assist us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

We applaud any effort that helps prepare youth for their future. So many things go into life skills development and this is a unique opportunity for a student to really think about what they want to do – day in day out – when they grow up.

We’d like to remind parents and other important adults that part of developing life skills is helping kids recognize that eating healthily is a lifestyle choice too. Be sure to practice what you preach at home and take your kid for a health lunch during the workday or remember to pack something healthy.

Healthy Haiku for National Haiku Day

MyPlate Healthy Eating Poster from Learning ZoneXpressHappy National Haiku Day! We thought we’d offer a fun healthy haiku for the day.

Enjoy – and feel free to send your haikus to us too. We’d love to see them!

MyPlate’s the icon
that will help us to keep on
track for more good health

Monday Movie Preview: Wardrobe Planning: Dressing for Your Body Type DVD

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil a new title – Wardrobe Planning: Dressing for Your Body Type DVD. It’s perfect for grade 7 (junior high) to adult.

Join wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Carly Gatzlaff as she takes you through the basics of dressing for your body type by creating a flattering, put-together look that is uniquely you. Wardrobe Planning: Dressing for Your Body Type is a compilation of video segments that cover a variety of hints and tips for both women and men to dress and look your best. Topics include:

  • Shopping strategies and clothing quality (6:16)
  • Dressing for your body type (6:06)
  • Using color and pattern (4:30)
  • Accessorizing your look (5:48)

Enjoy the sneak preview below: