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Gear up for Nutrition Month in March w/ FREE Stickers!

March is Nutrition Month, and Learning ZoneXpress has everything you need to celebrate! Page through our brand new Nutrition Month flyer featuring brand new products. You’ll also notice we’re offering our March is Nutrition Month Bulletin Board Kit for 50% off (while supplies last.)

In addition to this great deal, you can receive a FREE roll of Celebrate Good Nutrition Stickers when you use coupon code MNM13 at checkout. Enter the code, and the stickers will automatically be added to your cart!

Supporting Worksite Wellness – HealthSource Solutions

Wellness is at the center of living a quality and productive life. By spending time with others who share in this belief and support healthy behaviors, wellness can become a natural way of life for everyone!

People spend a significant amount of time at the workplace and companies who create a culture around wellness see employees who are healthier, happier and more productive. An environment that supports healthy behaviors creates healthy people. A strategic wellness plan will improve employee wellness and companies can play a significant role in helping employees’ live healthy lives!

The HealthSource Solutions team is dedicated to helping companies create a culture of wellness. They offer health awareness programs and services and help companies support employees in achieving a healthy lifestyle. HealthSource Solutions understands the value of employee wellness. The solutions they offer help impact company healthcare costs. By reducing health risk factors, a reduction in costs tends to follow.

The HealthSource Solutions team practices what they preach. In October of 2012, they piloted their newest behavior change campaign, Stand Up For Health. The goal of the program is to decrease sitting time and increase standing time. The program really changed the way they work! Some invested in an adjustable device for their computers, allowing them to elevate or lower their work station throughout the day, while most just rustled up some cardboard boxes to plunk monitor, keyboard and mouse on, creating a make-shift standing work station. The results: more energy, better concentration and an improved feeling of well being overall. Even when the program ended, everyone continued the new standing habits!

Check out the HealthSource Solutions website to see what services and programs are best suited for your work environment.

Think Healthy Thursday: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Vitamin D

super foodsWe are celebrating the fact that the days are stretching – but in Minnesota nights still seem long and cold. Many of us are feeling the drag ofso much darkness – some more than others. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can take its toll at this time of year. According to Wikipedia, SAD…

is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer, spring or autumn year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is “a specifier of major depression”

Wikipedia also details symptoms…

Symptoms of SAD may consist of difficulty waking up in the morning, morning sickness, tendency to oversleep and over eat, especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on or completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities and decreased sex drive. All of this leads to depression, pessimistic feelings of hopelessness, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder.People who experience spring and summer depression show symptoms of classic depression including insomnia, anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, weight loss, social withdrawal, decreased sex drive  and suicide.

I think many of us feel some of those symptoms, whether we feel we have SAD or not. It turns out there’s a nutritional answer to help ward against and alleviate SAD – Vitamin D. A study out of The Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore compared the results of vitamin D and light therapy and found that vitamin D was better at warding off depression.

According to WebMD (via the Huffington Post) there are only a handful of foods that contain the nutrient naturally, which is part of the reason why only about 20 percent of our vitamin D comes from our diet. And apparently most of the vitamin D that we do get from the foods we eat comes from fortified foods, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, like orange juice, milk and cereal. But there are some natural food that contain Vitamin D:

  • Salmon
  • Canned Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg Yolks

So next time you’re feeling blue, it might help to find a little cheese or cook up some salmon.

Think Healthy Thursday: Birke Baehr TED Talk: What’s wrong with our food system

If you have an extra 5 minutes and 14 seconds, I’d highly recommend watching this TED Talk. 11-year-old Birke Baehr presents “What’s wrong with our food system” encouraging viewers to think local. Through research, this passionate young boy “discovered the dark side of the industrialized food system.” He then asked himself how he could change it. I think we can all learn something from this young aspiring organic farmer. Take a look!

In the words of Birke Baehr, “Think local. Choose organic. Know your farmer and know your food.”

Top Selling Education Resources of 2012

Let’s hear the final drum roll for the top selling education product from Learning ZoneXpress. The format ranges greatly – but nutrition education seems to be the key…

USDA MyPlate Handouts3. USDA MyPlate Handouts

USDA MyPlate is the new Food Pyramid icon that teachers and nutritionists are using to promote healthy eating. Our USDA MyPlate Tablet of handouts or worksheets has been a hit with kids and parents. The simplicity of the nutrition graphic is perfect for kids and busy adults.

The bright and colorful USDA MyPlate Tablet of handouts (also called tear-off sheets) highlights how to build a healthy menu and diet with tips for selecting the best choices within each food group. Additional tips include importance of fruits and vegetables, portion control and instilling a love of healthy choices.

  • 8 1/2” x 11” 50      sheets, 2-sided
  • Price: $9.95

garden heroes plush toys2. Garden Heroes Set

An assortment of 35 cuddly, plush fruit and vegetable characters to add fun and excitement to learning about healthy eating. Garden Hero characters included in the set may vary.

  • Garden Heroes® are machine washable, feature embroidered faces, and durable seams. Characters measure from 3″ to 7″ tall.
  • Price: $143.95

1 great tray dry erase board1. 1 Great Tray Dry Erase “18×24″

Promote 1 Great Tray™ every day for the best school day by displaying your daily lunch and breakfast menus on this colorful dry erase board! The 1 Great Tray™ Dry Erase Menu Board makes it easy to show daily menu items categorized by food group directly on a school lunch tray.

The whiteboard is coated with dry erase laminate and mounted on PVC board with grommets in the upper corners for easy hanging. This lightweight material makes it easy to change up location.

  • 18″ x 24″
  • Price: $89.95

Top Selling Education Handouts of 2012

Last week we started tracking some of the top selling education resources from Learning ZoneXpress. Today we’re highlighting the top selling handouts or tear off sheets. Customers tell us that these nutrition education handouts are big hit in classrooms, doctors’ offices and public health centers. We weren’t surprised to see the popularity of UDSA MyPlate in the handout category – the icon is a simple, straightforward and effective way to remind people to make healthy choices.

Here are the top selling nutrition handouts of 2012:

USDA MyPlate Placemat Handouts3. USDA MyPlate Placemat Tablet

Build a healthy plate right at the dinner table with the USDA MyPlate Placemat Tablet! Tear-off placemats feature USDA’s food pyramid replacement, MyPlate. The new icon is surrounded by divided plates with a variety of healthy foods in portion sizes for adults, kids, and preschoolers. Backside features colorful photographs and tips to make your plate great. Use as a disposal placemat at meals or a giveaway to reinforce the nutrition and health messages of MyPlate.

  • 11” x 17”, 50 sheets
  • 2-sided
  • Price: $12.95

2. USDA Kids MyPlate Tablet

USDA MyPlate HandoutsFriendly and fun food characters deliver the message of balancing good foods with physical activity based on USDA’s MyPlate with this tablet perfect for preschool and primary grades. Kid sized portions of healthy food choices are shown on each food group section of MyPlate. Tablet backside features a blank plate for kids to draw their favorite foods in the corresponding food group section of the plate and tips for parents for making the best choices from each food group.

  • 8 1/2” x 11”, 50 sheets, 2-sided
  • Price: $9.95

1. USDA MyPlate Handouts

USDA MyPlate is the new Food Pyramid icon that teachers and nutritionists are using to promote healthy eating. Our USDA MyPlate Tablet of handouts or worksheets has been a hit with kids and parents. The simplicity of the nutrition graphic is perfect for kids and busy adults.

The bright and colorful USDA MyPlate Tablet of handouts (also called tear-off sheets) highlights how to build a healthy menu and diet with tips for selecting the best choices within each food group. Additional tips include importance of fruits and vegetables, portion control and instilling a love of healthy choices.

  • 8 1/2” x 11” 50 sheets, 2-sided
  • Price: $9.95

Top Selling Education Incentives of 2012

New Year’s Resolution starting to get old? Wondering what you’re going to do to motivate you, your family and maybe your students to keep strong with resolutions? A little reward can go a long way to keep us interested. Learning ZoneXpress has a range of stickers, tattoos, bookmarks and other incentives that are perfect for classrooms, doctors’ offices – really any place where you are in a position to help reward a kid to stay on track.1 great tray bookmark

Here are our top selling incentives for 2012:

3. 1 Great Tray Bookmark

Promote building a healthy school lunch tray filled with all food groups with the 1 Great Tray™ Bookmark. Backside of bookmark gives suggestions for great choices from each food group. The bookmarks a great giveaway, non-food reward, or simple reminder to build a healthy tray for kids and adults alike!

  • 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Package of 100, 2-sided
  • Price: $6.95

MyPlate Healthy Eating Stickers2. MyPlate Healthy Eating Stickers        

Promote healthy food choices with these vibrant and colorful Healthy Eating Stickers. Great incentives or prizes for children and adults alike!

  • 200 – 2” diameter stickers
  • 4 designs per roll
  • Price: $6.95

1. I tried it Stickersi tried it stickers

Reward healthy eating and trying new foods with these colorful stickers.
4 designs on each 2″ diameter roll,
200 stickers per roll

  • The I Tried It Stickers are great incentives or prizes!
  • Price: $6.95

Top Selling Education Videos of 2012

OK maybe you won’t see these movie stars out on the red carpet – but we thought it would be fun to give a nod to the Learning ZoneXpress top selling educational videos of 2012. Each video includes a YouTube Sneak Preview!

3. Child Development Theorists DVD

Beginning with Sigmund Freud, modern child development theories have changed the way that parents raise their children and the way that teachers teach those children. This video is an entertaining and enlightening view of the major child development theorists, how the theories differ, and how more than one approach can be beneficial. Historical footage and photos are combined with candid documentary footage from day care centers in this informative video.

Theorists presented include:
Sigmund Freud
Maria Montessori
Arnold Gesell
Lev Vygotsky
Jean Piaget
Rudolf Dreikurs
Erik Erikson
Abraham Maslow
John Bowlby
B. F. Skinner
Benjamin Spock
Lawrence Kohlberg
T. Berry Brazelton
Diana Baumrind
Howard Gardner

  • Appropriate for grades 9-adult. Teaching materials included. 21 min. Closed Captioned.
  • Price: $79.95

2. MyPlate Dietary Guidelines for Elementary Students DVD

Registered Dietitian Melissa Halas-Liang shows two students how some of their favorite meals can be both delicious and nutritious by using the USDA MyPlate guidelines. Key messages for each food group are explained while the dietary guidelines are applied to a variety of favorite foods like tacos, pizza, breakfast foods, and fun snacks.

The kitchen how-to segments are interspersed with interviews of real kids eating and talking about their favorite nutritious foods!

  • Grade 1-6. Teaching materials online. 23 min.
  • Price: $49.95

1. Create a Great Plate:  DVD

When’s the last time you ate off a food pyramid? The ‘Create a Great Plate MyPlate Dietary Guidelines’ DVD is based on the USDA’s new MyPlate campaign. The DVD shows teens what healthy eating looks like, and tells them how to:

  1. Make at least half your grains whole
  2. Vary your veggies
  3. Focus on fruits
  4. Get your calcium-rich foods
  5. Go lean with protein
  • 20 minutes
  • Grade 6-Adult
  • Price: $79.95

Top Selling Education Posters of 2012

If you’re a radio fan, you know everyone and their brother is looking back at the top albums and hits of 2012. So we thought we’d take a look back too. Today we’re looking back at the top selling education posters for Learning ZoneXpress. Not surprisingly – nutrition and MyPlate play heavily into the top poster choices.

Customers have told us that they like the MyPlate posters because the message is simple and colorful. The icons helps families, kids and even teachers make good nutrition an easy choice every day.

Here are the top Education Posters of 2012 (drum roll please!):

1 great plate for kids3. 1 Great Plate for Kids Poster

Encourage kids to make their plates great! The 1 Great Plate® for Kids Poster promotes an easy-to-remember USDA MyPlate equation to help elementary children visualize how to fill their dinner plates. A good-for-you and tasty meal is pictured showing the divisions of the new food pyramid, MyPlate. 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein combined make “1 Great Plate®!”

Dimensions: 18” x 24” Laminated

Price: $14.95

Kids MyPlate Poster from Learning ZoneXpress2. Kids MyPlate Poster

This USDA MyPlate poster incorporates fun and friendly food characters delivering the message of balancing good foods with physical activity. Based on USDA’s MyPlate model, this poster is perfect for preschool and primary grades. Kid sized portions of healthy food choices are shown on each food group section of MyPlate.

Dimensions: 18” x 24” Laminated

Price: $14.95

MyPlate Healthy Eating Poster from Learning ZoneXpress1. USDA MyPlate – Poster

The bright and colorful USDA MyPlate Poster highlights how to build a healthy menu and diet with tips for selecting the best choices within each food group. Additional tips include importance of fruits and vegetables, portion control and instilling a love of healthy choices.

 

Popular Uses: Classrooms, School Lunchrooms, Workplace Cafeterias, Waiting Rooms, Childcare Centers, Bulletin Boards

 

Dimensions: 18” x 24” Laminated

 

Price: $14.95

Happy, Healthy New Year!

MyPlate Magnet

MyPlate Round Magnet

Just a simple wish to you for a healthy 2013. To help keep you focused, we wanted to remind you of the simple lessons learned from MyPlate:

  1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  2. Make at least half your  grains whole
  3. Switch to skim or 1% milk
  4. Vary your protein food choices

If you can keep those rules in mind, you’ll be well on your way for a healthy year. (And if you need some help remembering, Learning ZoneXpress has a number of great MyPlate posters to help keep you on track.)