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Services for Mothers with Postpartum Depression Supported

From our friends at GrantStation

Services for Mothers with Postpartum Depression Supported
Postpartum Progress: Climb Out of the Darkness Local Grants Program
The mission of Postpartum Progress is to create healthier families by raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing social support, and connecting mothers to help for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression. The Climb Out of the Darkness Local Grants Program, offered by Postpartum Progress, supports local nonprofit organizations that offer direct services to mothers or programs that improve services to mothers. Examples of eligible programs include support groups, or those that lead community network development (building up systems of referral between obstetricians/pediatricians/primary care providers or hospitals and reproductive psychiatry specialists). Funding priorities include in-person support groups, especially in locations not yet served; programs aimed at providing support or services to underserved women, (e.g., teen moms, mothers of color, and low-income women); and provider training. The application deadline is November 20, 2015. Visit the Postpartum Progress website to submit an online application.

Celebrate Child Health Day on Monday, October 5th!

Child Health Day is Monday, October 5th in the United States and is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a proclamation for Child Health Day in 1928.

This day raises people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. Anyone interested in child welfare are invited to unite 410231on Child Health Day to help increase people’s awareness of the need for a year-round program to protect and develop children’s health in the United States.

According to the HRSA, about one in six children between 2 and 19 in the United States is overweight. This is a risk factor for serious health consequences including asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Child Health Day helps increase people’s awareness of ways to minimize or alleviate health problems that children may face. The day focuses on a range of child health issues such as prenatal care, adolescent health, the impact of daycare on a child’s development, preventing injuries, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and immunization.

At Learning ZoneXpress, we understand the importance of children’s health. We know that good nutrition is essential to their health and that is why we are passionate on creating nutrition resources geared towards young children.

Our LANA program, posters, handouts, incentives and more help children develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. These educational resources offer simple, straight forward advice that promotes eating the USDA MyPlate way. We know how important it is to start early and help kids learn the importance of eating a healthy plate!

Celebrate Child Health Day with us and help spread the  importance of children’s health!

K-12 School Gardens Supported

From our friends at GrantStation

K-12 School Gardens Supported
Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants
The Nature Works Everywhere Garden Grants program, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy, supports the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses throughout the U.S. The purpose of this program is to provide teachers with the resources to use school gardens to teach conservation science and engage students in understanding the value of nature, while creating spaces that enhance the natural landscape of schools and communities. The program provides cash grants of $1,000 to $2,000 as well as educational webinars, coaching and support, access to curriculum and teaching materials, and a tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.). The application deadline is October 28, 2015. K-12 public and charter schools are eligible to apply. Visit the Nature Works Everywhere website to download the Garden Grant Description and submit an online application.

October 7th is Walk to School Day!

Join us as we celebrate International Walk to School Day. This global event began in 1997 and involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.

Image Courtesy of National Center for Safe Routes to School

Image Courtesy of National Center for Safe Routes to School

Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.

Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school:

  • It’s fun!
  • It promotes healthier habits!
  • It’s cleaner for the environment!
  • It promotes safety!
  • It promotes a sense of community!

Use Walk to School Day to get your community on the right path.  This energizing event, reminds parents and children alike of the simple joy of walking to school and helps promote ongoing efforts to increase walking and bicycling all of the time.

Mark your calendars for October 7th…International Walk to School Day!



October is National Farm to School Month!

Farm to School

Image courtesy of National Farm to School Network

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

According to the National Farm to School Network, “Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!”

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! Learn more about National Farm to School Month, farm to school projects in your community, and how you can get involved by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website,

eat local stickers

Visit Learning ZoneXpress For Farm to School nutrition stickers, posters, bulletin board kits and more to help you promote your celebration!