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How to NOT Give Your Office Food Poisoning at the Holiday Party

food-safety-powerpoint-lesson-plansWe just loved this! Tips from the USDA to pass onto everyone you know. No one wants to be sick at the holidays and no one wants to the cause of someone else being sick!

Most offices host some sort of get-together this time of year and you may be asked to bring a dish. If you’re not bringing food to the office, you may be bringing something to another get-together with family or friends. Follow these tips to be sure your diners remember your nice contribution, instead of a naughty case of food poisoning.

Tip 1: Keep Hot Food Hot. Hot items are best served immediately after cooking or reheating. If you plan on serving a hot item at the office party, take it straight from the oven and either place it in an insulated bag or hot food carrier. If you can’t serve it as soon as you arrive, return it to the oven. Alternatively, you can completely chill the item and transport it according to Tip 2. Once you arrive at the office reheat it using a microwave, stove, or oven to 165 °F.

Tip 2: Keep Cold Food Cold. Cold items should remain in the refrigerator for as long as possible. When transporting cold dishes, place items in a cooler with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. A refrigerator thermometer in the cooler is a useful way to make sure items remain at proper chill temperature of 40 °F or below.

Tip 4: Use Several Small Platters. For both hot and cold items, arrange and serve food on several small platters rather than on large platter. This way you can hold food at safe temperatures (cold foods below 40 °F and hot foods above 140 °F) until partygoers are ready to eat it.

Tip 5: Keep Track of Time. Keep track of how long items have been sitting on the buffet table and discard anything out longer than two hours. You never want to leave perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles in the “Danger Zone” over two hours. The danger zone is between 40 and 140 °F where bacteria multiply rapidly. After two hours, enough bacteria may have grown in your food to make partygoers sick. Exceptions to the danger zone include ready-to-eat items like cookies, crackers, bread and whole fruit. If you follow these tips, those enjoying your dish will not suffer a bout of food poisoning. -

See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/12/04/how-to-not-give-your-office-food-poisoning-at-the-holiday-party/#sthash.vZ2X2MrO.dpuf

 

Dining in for Healthy Families: Cookbook from Owatonna High School

How is our hometown of Owatonna celebrating Family and Consumer Sciences Day? We’re glad you asked and we’re happy to share the news from the local newspaper, the Owatonna People’s Press

“A few weeks ago, I asked them each to bring in two recipes,” said FACS teacher Connie Pittmann on Tuesday. “Some brought pasta, sides, salads. Some brought desserts. I just handed them today our class cookbook, so we typed them all together.”

The recipes were collected and then published in a cookbook with the theme “Dining in for Healthy Families.” Pittmann said the theme may change in the years following. Nonetheless, the FACS department will be participating every year around this time here on out she said.

On Dec. 3, students will take the cookbook home and make a healthy meal with their family. This day was proclaimed as Family and Consumer Sciences Day in Minnesota by Gov. Mark Dayton and the national organization has set a goal of 200,000 families across the country preparing and enjoying a healthy meal together.

We love the idea! It might be too late for other schools to create a clever cookbook – but not too late to have students find recipes to Dine In to recognize Family and Consumer Science Day on December 3!

EPES Concepcion leads workshops on nutrition, health, human rights and gender

We are very passionate about our support for EPES, so we wanted to send the update from some of their recent training. We have done our best to translate from the original Spanish.

EPES Conception teaches workshops on health and nutrition and social service approaches to human rights

foto-1Concepción, Chile, October 28, 2014 (EPES) .- Since June, EPES Conception Foundation has been doing workshops on nutrition and health for women involved in community organizations, including educators and primary care workers health in Hualpén communes, Talcahuano, Penco and Tomé.

The goal of EPES training is for participants to gain new insights into the economic, political, social and cultural aspects of health and nutrition both on the individual and community perspective. The workshops are taught by Virginia Norambuena, educator Foundation EPES Conception.

Upon completing the workshops, the trainees are expected to deploy awareness campaigns targeted at their local community and strive to have an impact on public policies especially as they related to nutrition and community emphasizing human rights and gender.

Women participants belong to community organizations, including neighborhood councils, committees Vida Chile, Cultural Centers, Health Groups, Groups Adult / Senior ace, Health Clinics, Women’s Groups, Community and Ecological Association, Local Development Councils, Health Committees, among others.

Included in the group of educators are participants working in different educational communities, so their contribution to community awareness, developing classroom and families work in health promotion and prevention from a holistic view is important.

The third and final workshop will be held in early November, it is aimed at workers already established in the primary health care field. Virginia Norambuena said that the workshops correspond to current consequences of unhealthy food, social aspects of diet, nutrition transition and the classes propose practical tools for healthy eating that supports the health of communities.

Most School-Age Children Get Too Much Sodium: Help is here

The Pew Charitable Trust reports bad news for kids and sodium in-take…

More than 90 percent of school-age children in the United States consume more sodium each day than current dietary guidelines recommend, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC finds that U.S. children ages 6 to 18 consume an average of about 3,300 milligrams of sodium a day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children’s daily intake of sodium be less than 2,300 milligrams. Consuming too much sodium increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease—costly medical conditions that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Schools can help students avoid excess sodium by serving meals and snacks low in salt, CDC experts conclude. Their study found that children consumed 43 percent of their sodium from just 10 common foods, including pizza, chicken nuggets, cold cuts, and other items traditionally found on school menus.

Learning ZoneXpress has a series of products that helps schools, parents and kids recognize the problem with a diet rich in sodium…

myplate-tune-out-sodium-posterMyPlate Tune Out Sodium Poster

Tune out the sodium in foods and choose the lower numbers. The MyPlate Tune Out Sodium Poster uses a music theme to promote the MyPlate message to compare sodium levels in foods and choose the ones with the lower numbers. MyPlate is the new USDA food symbol replacing the food guide pyramid.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

Also available in the MyPlate Sound Advice Poster Set

Item # 410145
UPC: 846742003080
Price: $14.95 

shake-the-salt-habit-tri-fold-brochuresShake the Salt Habit Tri-Fold Brochures

Discover ways to reduce your intake of sodium without sacrificing flavor with tips from the Shake the Salt Habit Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational nutrition brochure helps promote nutrition and health through basic information and practical advice that helps explain how to reduce your daily sodium intake and be aware of high sodium foods.

The educational salt pamphlet explains the sources of sodium in our diets, common high sodium foods, how to read food labels, and tips to reduce sodium intake.

A Healthy Habit™ are a series of tri-fold brochures that are easy-to-read nutrition education resources for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace. Other topics covered include MyPlate on a Budget, Handy Portions, Breakfast Basics, and more.

50 copies
8 1/2” x 11”, tri-fold

“This item is listed on the WIC Works Resource System.”

Item # 210208
UPC: 846742003684
Price: $16.95 

November is National Diabetes Month: Get Prepared

November is National Diabetes Month, a month to raise awareness of a chronic disease that affects approximately 30 million people in the United States. Learning ZoneXpress offers a number of resources related to diabetes aimed to help educate both those affected by the disease as well as those working to prevent it. 

sugar shockersSugar Shockers™ Retractable Banner

Promote drinking water instead of sugary drinks with the Sugar Shockers™ Retractable Banner. Eye-opening visuals of a variety of popular beverages including milk, juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, and soda are displayed side by side with the equivalent number of sugar cubes. This banner rolls up and down in seconds and is perfect for health fairs, cafeterias, clinics, and schools.

Full color graphics printed on durable vinyl
31.5″ x 82″
Rolls up and down in seconds into a lightweight aluminum base
Includes black carrying bag and foldable rod
Customized options available.

Item # 490151
UPC: 846742003462
Price: $245.00 

Ddiabetes posteriabetes MyPlate Poster

Choose healthy foods with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Poster. This poster features an adaptation of the USDA food guide pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided in a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes. The Diabetes MyPlate poster addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, as well as the importance of daily physical activity and reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

Item # 411010
UPC: 846742003837
Price: $14.95 

diabetes trifoldDiabetes MyPlate Tri-Fold Brochures

Promote good food choices with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational nutrition brochure features an adaptation of the USDA food guide pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided into a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups, including: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes.

The diabetes brochure identifies and addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, the importance of daily physical activity, and encourages reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet.

A Healthy Habit™ is a series of easy-to-read nutrition education brochures for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace.

50 copies, 8 1/2″ x 11″, tri-fold

Item # 210211
UPC: 846742003714
Price: $16.95 

National Food Day October 24 – Enjoy it!

food scapesOK it seems like just days since we celebrated World Food Day. And it was – just October 16 yet here comes another reason to celebrate food – National Food Day on October 24. Here are the various ways to celebrate – according to the National Food Day website

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

Looking to get involved in Food Day 2014?  Here are five ways you can participate from wherever you are:

  1. Attend a Food Day event — Check out our Food Day national map and plug in your zipcode to find details about Food Day events near you.

  2. Join the #FoodDayChat Twitter Chat — 5 hours, 5 topics — a conversation about food justice, public health, food policy, and more.  This online event is hosted by@FoodDay2014, 12-5pm ET on October 24.  Follow and use hashtag #FoodDayChat to participate.

  3. Thunderclap —  Register your social media account for the #FoodDay2014 Thunderclap to add your voice to support real and just food for all.  The more people who sign up, the bigger the impact we can make!

  4. Food Literacy Quiz —  Share the Food Day Food Literacy Quiz and encourage your network to take it on Food Day.

  5. #FoodDayPlate — Participate in the #FoodDayPlate contest on social media by sharing a photo of your healthy or sustainable meal on Food Day! Use hashtag #FoodDayPlate to participate

For our part we’re going to do what we try to do every day – promote and celebrate healthy food and healthy life choices!!

Infectious Disease: Spread the Word, Not the Germs

It’s in the news – everyone is at least a little worried about infectious disease these days. One of the things the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does is CDC promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. They have a website that helps visitors appreciate that being healthy is just the first step in preparing students – but also provides tools to get school and classrooms prepared such as Coordinated School Health, systematic approach to improving students’ health and well-being so they can participate and succeed in school.

School Health recently posted a series of articles that help frame the topic:

At Learning ZoneXpress we have some tools to help too – often with younger students We have a series of products that promotes and rewards hand washing. It’s a good first step toward keeping kids healthy and it’s a step that even preK and early elementary grades can understand:handwashing

Handwashing and “I Tried It” Sticker Set

Reward proper handwashing techniques and adventurous eating with these colorful stickers. Stickers make a great reward or prize! 4 rolls (2 rolls each design), 200 – 2″ diameter stickers per roll in 4 sticker styles

Price: $23.95

Glo Gel for HandwashingGlo Germ Experiment Kit

Glo Germ™ is an effective way to show proper hand washing and cleaning and helps you teach general infection control. The oil, powder or lotion contains plastic simulated “germs” and armed with an ultraviolet lamp you become the “germ detective”. For hand washing training use the oil or lotion, the powder can be used to show surface contamination

Price: $65.95

Most Parents Support Healthier School Food Standards

healthy snack bookmarkA recent report indicates that most parents are supportive of healthier school food standards…

The vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a new poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association.

The findings come as school districts implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards. The standards set basic limits on the fat, salt, and calories in foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.

Full infographic and poll results »

Learning ZoneXpress has a range of products that help students make the connection between healthy options at school and encouraging health options at home, such as the Healthy Snack Bookmark!

August is National Breastfeeding Month: Remember Nutrition

August is National Breastfeeding Month. According to Women’s Health,

Research suggests that breastfed babies have lower risks of:

  • Asthma

  • Childhood leukemia

  • Childhood obesity

  • Ear infections

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

  • Diarrhea and vomiting

  • Lower respiratory infections

  • Necrotizing (nek-roh-TEYE-zing) enterocolitis (en-TUR-oh-coh-lyt-iss), a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in pre-term infants

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

  • Type 2 diabetes

But that’s not all, breastfeeding also improves health of the mother, it lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Mothers can increase the health benefits by focusing on a healthy diet as they breastfeed. USDA MyPlate has created a recipe designed especially to help mother keep healthy and they make it easy because new mothers know, there’s plenty to do and keeping it simple helps.

breastfeedingLearning ZoneXpress has a wide range of nutrition education materials that promote healthy decision making – including a range of nutrition materials for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Such as…

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handouts

Women have special nutritional needs during breastfeeding. The MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout Tablet is a dietary guide based on USDA MyPlate recommendations to help women who are breastfeeding eat a healthy, balanced diet that supports the baby’s needs and helps mom return to her pre-pregnancy weight. The plan shows amounts of food needed from each food group based on whether the mother is breastfeeding only or breastfeeding and giving formula. The backside of the handout addresses the importance of hydration and fluid requirements, weight loss while breastfeeding, food safety, and the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 470198

UPC: 846742003943

Price: $9.95 

 

Youth Service Organizations Supported with Grants

From our friends at GrantStation

Youth Service Organizations Supported
Youth Service America: Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. YSA’s Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program offers organizations support to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events during Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. Lead Agencies will receive a planning grant of $1,000 to $3,000 funded by State Farm, capacity-building training, and ongoing consultation. Typically, Lead Agencies are local, regional, or statewide nonprofit organizations with a focus on youth development and positive community engagement. Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick in Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 31, 2014. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.