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NAEYC Annual Conference 2011

We have been having a blast here in Florida at the NAEYC Annual Conference (National Association for the Education of Young Children) – and we’ve let LANA the Iguana lead the way. I think there may be 10,000 attendees at the conference – and it is a really great group.

We particularly enjoyed the concert for kids on Wednesday morning. We’ve heard wonderful things about the speakers. Mostly we’ve just been energized by so much attention spent on teaching for young kids. It’s inspiring to hear about how people appreciate our efforts to promote healthy eating and health choices. Nourishing the body and brain make it so much easier for kids to learn – and teaching them to enjoy a healthy diet sets a habit that last a long, long lifetime!

We hope you enjoy a peek at what we’ve been seeing from our colorful booth in a busy conference floor! One more day of fun – if you’re out here, please stop by our booth and say hello.

LZX takes 3rd place at APHA conference

Two of our employees are celebrating this Halloween at the 139th Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. They arrived at the Learning ZoneXpress booth this morning to find a shiny pink ribbon congratulating them on taking 3rd place in a contest for best booth! How exciting?

According to APHA’s website, this conference attracts “more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists.” What a great way for us to represent ourselves and spread our message about nutrition education to thousands of industry professionals.

Today at our booth, we are handing out 1 Great Plate® Cut-Outs encouraging visitors to follow the USDA MyPlate model for correct food portions.

Webinar on September 21 – My Plate: Navigating the Transition from MyPyramid

Learning ZoneXpress proud sponsor of the My Plate: Navigating the Transition from MyPyramid webinar, hosted by AAFCS.

AAFCS has a whole series lined up for the Fall. The price is $35 for AAFCS members ($50 for nonmembers). You can find the full list of webinars on the AAFCS web site. The series start with the webinar on MyPlate. Here is the description from the AAFCS site:

September 21, 4 pm ET
My Plate: Navigating the Transition from MyPyramid
MyPlate is in. MyPyramid is out. Now what? Get up to speed fast on the latest USDA initiative and learn specific strategies for teaching MyPlate concepts in any setting. Many questions and challenges are arising-bring yours! Sponsored by Learning ZoneXpress.

Presenter: Joanne Kinsey, CFCS, Extension educator and FCS teacher for 25 years.

Need A Presenter Or Trainer For Your Next Event?

Are you aware that Learning ZoneXpress offers Teaching, Training and Professional Development?! Read more about it from our National Education Consultant, Mary Beth Anderson:

Do you have plans for a regional or statewide conference this summer or fall? If so, Learning ZoneXpress can help!

First, Learning ZoneXpress exhibits at as many state and national conferences as possible, when our schedule and travel budget permits. We most enjoy seeing you face-to-face, along with sharing our new and best selling products. If you haven’t already done so, please add us to your mailing list to receive conference information each year. We’ll take it under consideration!

Second, Learning ZoneXpess has exceptional presenters who conduct keynote addresses and breakout sessions. Please send me an RFP or even better, call me to discuss our many options, from standard “talks” to customized presentations that meet your specific needs.

Third, if you set up your own table or booth, offers a wide variety of display options, such as banners, tabletop poster displays, portable mesh rack for handouts, and snap poster frames.

Last, but not least, if we can’t attend your conference in person, we may be able to be there “in spirit.” We are happy to to send a complimentary door prize, catalogs, flyers, coupons, and/or bag stuffers. Simply email Heidi Douglas, our Conference Donation Coordinator, at or call her at 888.455.7003. She will need to know:

  • When your conference will take place
  •  The shipping address
  • The date when materials need to arrive
  • How many folks you expect to attend
  • Any special focus or theme of the conference

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you!


 Mary Beth Anderson
National Education Consultant

Active Kids Pyramid Poster goes 3D!

We were excited to see how the Institute of Food and Ag Sciences in Florida used one of our favorite poster designs to promote their booth at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, FL. With Learning ZoneXpress’ permission, the FACS division of Bay County Extension created a fun, educational and 3D booth based on the design of our Active Kids MyPyramid Poster. Congratulations are in order as they won 2nd Prize at the Fair! It’s always a great thing when we can promote  physical activity in a FUN and COLORFUL way that kids really relate to.

Active Kids Pyramid from Learning ZoneXpress