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$3 Terrific Tuesday Summer Sale

It is week four of our TERRIFIC TUESDAY SUMMER SALE. Check out our June 25th deals. Today only, the following activity books and Garden Heroes are marked down to just $3.**

Fruit Soft Toy | Clara Cranberry Garden Hero plush bean bag character

Clara Cranberry is a Garden Hero plush character
Item # 507539
Regular Price: $4.95 On Sale For: $3.00 
Fruit Soft Toy | Fernando Fig Garden Hero plush bean bag character

Fernando Fig is a Garden Hero plush character t…
Item # 507521
Regular Price: $4.95 On Sale For: $3.00 
Laundry Tablet

8 1/2″ x 11″ • 50 Handouts per Tablet 2-si…
Item # 4207-T
Regular Price: $9.95 On Sale For: $3.00 

**While supplies last. May not be applied to previous orders

Senior Games Recap

Last week, two Learning ZoneXpress employees competed in the Minnesota Senior Games. Founder and CEO, Melanie Nelson and Marketing Analyst, Becky Vick both competed in the 50- and 100-meter dashes. The event had a great turnout, and all of the athletes brought their “A” game. Watching Melanie, Becky, and all of the other participants (ranging from 50-93 years old) was an absolute blast. Positive energy and enthusiasm were themes throughout the day.

MN Senior GamesMelanieFans

After the event, Melanie says “I found the athlete in myself – wanting to to do my best, wanting to be a part of an athletic team, and enjoying older, fit people who just loved an opportunity to play!” Becky also had a great time competing. “This was my first time participating in the Senior Games,” she says. “I have not competed in a track event for over 40 years, but what a great experience! Meeting, watching and talking with other athletes was the best part of the games. What a great job Owatonna did with all the volunteers and the organization of this event. I am looking forward to participating in 2014!”

Harold Senior Games

Photo Credit: Al Strain/People’s Press

All of the athletes did such a great job, but there was one that stood out from his peers. His name is Harold Bach, and at 93 years of age, he was the eldest participant in the Senior Games. Pictured above, Harold competed in four events. Watching him was unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. How incredible to be competing in such an event at 93 years old? Talk about an inspiration. The Owatonna People’s Press wrote a great piece about this star athlete.

Mr. Bach, who in addition to being a Senior Games gold medal winner in several running events is also a cancer survivor and World War II veteran, credits his longevity to his very active lifestyle. This year, Mr. Bach competed in the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, earning gold medals in each, something we feel speaks volumes about the benefits of pursuing regular exercise. Exercise, combined with a healthy diet, will do much in reducing the rates of adults and children who are overweight or obese. That, in turn, will aid in making us all healthier, which is a good thing. We applaud Mr. Bach for setting an example that we should all strive to follow.

It was an absolute pleasure meeting Harold and all of the athletes at this year’s games.  Next year’s event will be held in Bloomington and after this experience, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Movie Monday: Smart Nutrition DVD

Smart Nutrition DVD is a great video for teenagers looking to take responsibility for their own nutrition! In a world of countless food choices and nutrition messages, it can be challenging for teens to know what they should and shouldn’t eat. Host Wes Halula explains why calcium, iron, and vitamin D are important nutrients for teens. Check out our sneak preview:

Celebrate Summer!

Summer is the perfect opportunity to eat right and get active. Farmer’s markets, gardens and great weather all serve as positive motivators. Learning ZoneXpress has resources for you to help encourage fresh produce and active time outdoors. Below are some customer favorites.


Fruit Garden Heroes 
Set of 12

Garden Heroes 
Activities Book


Veggie Garden Heroes
Set of 12


After School Programs Can Develop Healthy Habits

As an education or health care professional it’s always nice to find research that indicates that we can make a difference. We just ran across an article that does that. As most of us know, past research has indicated that children from low-income neighborhoods are at higher risk of being obese and overweight than children from affluent neighborhoods. Health Canal reports on one study where the impact of poverty has been reduced through after school programming…

Findings from this study indicate that after-school programs have the potential to provide opportunities for enhanced physical activity and the development of healthy habits in children from socioeconomically disadvantaged families who may have limited access to nutritious foods and environments conducive to physical activity outside of school.

In addition, as approximately 60 percent of the students in the study were Asian-American, the study helps address the dearth of published research on childhood obesity among Asian-Americans. This is an important public health concern, given that Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S., and the literature suggests that current definitions of obesity underestimate the disease risk among this subgroup, the study authors said.

It’s great to see the impact a program can have on helping build healthy habits.

LZX Birthday Celebration

LZX Marketing Manager, Toni turned 25 yesterday. To celebrate this quarter century, we enjoyed festive fruit pizza! She also received a special delivery from Cedar Floral. Too fun not to share with our fans and followers!




Minnesota Senior Games Kick Off in Owatonna

The Minnesota Senior Games kick off today in Owatonna. We’re very excited about this event and the positive message it sends about health and wellness. According to the Owatonna People’s Press, the event will bring in 367 athletes from about 25 states!

Today’s events include archery, racquetball, cycling 5k and 40k, and the basketball free throw. Tomorrow, the track and field events begin. Representing Learning ZoneXpress are Melanie and Becky. They will be competing in the 50 and 100 meter dashes. We can’t wait to cheer them and all of the other participants on!

Below is the schedule of the remaining days of this four-day event.

Thursday June 20th – Events:
Table Tennis (Singles & Doubles) Track & Field
Field Events: Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump, Running Long Jump & Triple Jump
Outside Events: Discus, Javelin, Softball Throw & Shot Put
Running Events: 5000 Meter Race Walk,100 Meter Dash, 1500 Meter Run, 400 Meter Dash, 50 Meter Dash, 800 Meter Run, 200 Meter Dash
Cycling 10 K / 20 K
Disc Golf

Friday June 21st – Events:

5K Race
Tennis (Singles/Doubles)
Bowling (Singles)
Bowling (Doubles)
Pickleball (Singles)

Saturday June 22nd – Events:

10K Race Pickleball (Doubles)
Pickleball (Mixed Doubles)
Tennis (Singles/Doubles)

50-80% Off Terrific Tuesday Poster Sets – Today Only!

June 18th Terrific Tuesday Deals. Items below are discounted 50-80% today only.* Click here to view our entire sale page.

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* While supplies last. Cannot be applied to previous orders.

Child Development Poster Set
What Counts as an Ounce? Poster Set
Fashion Poster Set
Child Development Poster Set

Item # 4237

What Counts as an Ounce?  Poster Set

Item # 4289

Fashion Poster Set

Item # 4270



4371 Class Rules Poster Set
Drink Water Poster Set
Wash Hands/Brush Teeth Spanish Poster Set
Class Rules Poster Set

Item # 4371

Drink Water Poster Set

Item # 4106


Wash Hands/Brush Teeth Spanish Poster Set

Item # 4279-S


Poster Sale – $5 EACH – ONE DAY ONLY

Check ‘em out – we’ve got a great sale going – but only for a few hours. We have a sample of the options below – you can visit our website for the full list of nutrition education posters…

Key Nutrition Education Lesson Plans for Teachers: Anatomy of MyPyramid PowerPoint Lesson Plans

This PowerPoint presentation dissects the USDA…
Item # 7160
Regular Price: $49.95 On Sale For: $24.98
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Brain-Based Learning Teacher's Guide

Over 30 teaching techniques and tips to help t…
Item # 1148
Regular Price: $29.95 On Sale For: $14.98
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Breakthrough Diabetes Poster

18” x 24” Laminated The Breakthrough Diabetes…
Item # 4619
Regular Price: $14.95 On Sale For: $5.00

Movie Monday: Just the Facts: Cake Decorating

Summer can be a great time to explore new topics- just as career exploration. Learning ZoneXpress has a series of videos and DVDs that explores careers options. Today we thought we’d feature: Just the Facts: Cake Decorating

Beautify your cakes with direction from Chef Rick Forpahl, an experienced cake decorator. Learn proper hand techniques and how to use tools and equipment. He demonstrates basic decorating techniques in this clip from “Just the Facts: Cake Decorating” from Learning ZoneXpress.