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MyPlate Nutrition While Breastfeeding!

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we thought it would be a great time to talk about our MyPlate: Nutrition While Breastfeeding Education Cards. When you are breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs and that’s why this education card is so useful in explaining how to follow the USDA MyPlate plan while breastfeeding.

This card shows different amounts of food to eat each day if you are breastfeeding only or breastfeeding and giving formula. It also offers healthy tips like:

  • Choose more dark g203001reen and orange vegetables.
  • Eat a variety of fruit. Choose fruits that are fresh, frozen or canned in water or juice.
  • Choose whole grains for more energy.
  • Choose lean or low-fat meats and poultry.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free (skim) dairy foods.

We also offer a variety of additional topics including: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Baby Feeding, Child Nutrition, Family Nutrition and General Nutrition.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress  to see all of our resources designed specifically for expecting and breastfeeding moms.

We invite you to share with us on how you’re promoting and supporting breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and all year long.

Health Education Projects Funded

From our friends at GrantStation

Health Education Projects Funded
AMA Foundation: Healthy Living Grant Program
The Healthy Living Grant Program, an initiative of the AMA Foundation, supports health education programs to develop school and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges. In 2015, grants will be awarded in the following categories: The Youth-Focused Prescription Medication Safety category supports projects that provide awareness programs about the dangers of prescription drug abuse for at-risk children and youth ages two to 21. The Cancer Prevention Education category supports projects that focus on awareness and education for underserved populations about preventing a specific type of cancer. Funded projects in both categories must involve a partnership with a medical organization. The application deadline is September 11, 2015. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website under “Grantseekers.”


Next Week is Food Allergy Week May 10-16

Happy Food Allergy Action Month! We just wanted to send a heads up on Food Allergy Awareness Week, which is happening next week from May 10-16. You can learn more from the grandfathers of food allergy awareness


In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate the public about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. This year’s awareness week falls on May 10-16, 2015, but we will have activities and ways to get involved throughout the entire month of May for Food Allergy Action Month. This is a special opportunity to shine a spotlight on food allergies and anaphylaxis. There are many easy ways you can get involved in raising awareness, educating others and inspiring action.


Learning ZoneXpress has a number of nutrition educational materials to help you help others understand allergies:


food allergy brochureFood Allergies Tri-Fold Brochures

What you know about food allergies could potentially save a life from a severe reaction. The Food Allergies Tri-Fold Brochure includes an overview of important food allergy information including the eight most common food allergens, symptoms, treatment, and more.

The tri-fold brochures are an easy-to-read nutrition education resource for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace.

Price: $16.95


food allergiesFood Allergies DVD

What is the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity? Why do some schools have peanut-free zones? What is Celiac disease? Are some people sensitive to food dyes? Join in on a discussion of food issues with an allergy expert as well as real people who live with food sensitivities and life-threatening food allergies every day. Learn the steps you can take whether you have an allergy, work with food, or know someone with an allergy. A little knowledge can prevent some big problems.

Closed Captioned

Price: $49.95

Older Americans Month 2015: “Get into the Act”

Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others.

As generations grow older, their nutrition needs also change. Learning ZoneXpress has developed a variety of easy-to-read resources with older adults in mind. Topics covered include sodium, hydration, food safety, and MyPlate. Our MyPlate for Older Adults items feature a unique icon that provides food, fluid, and physical activity guidance that correspond with USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for aging populations.

Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of healthy aging by promoting and engaging in activity, wellness and healthy nutrition. Now is the time to “Get into the Act!”

Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all of our Older Adults nutrition resources.


USDA Announces Grants to Enable More Farmers Markets to Serve Low-Income Families

A great way to spread healthy habits…

SNAP Recipients Can Now Purchase Fresh Fruit, Vegetables at More Than 6,200 Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farms

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 – Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon today announced the availability of up to $3.3 million in competitive funding to support the ability of farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a form of payment. These awards will help expand SNAP participants’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods found at farmers markets, while supporting our nation’s farmers and producers.

“We have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of farmers markets accepting SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in the past six years,” said Concannon. “These awards support the markets that may need administrative help in implementing and managing EBT service and informing customers that they can use their SNAP benefits at farmers markets.”

The Under Secretary also announced that there are now more than 6,200 farmers markets and direct marketing farmers authorized to accept SNAP nationwide – an eightfold increase since the beginning of this administration. In fiscal year 2014, approximately $18.7 million in SNAP benefits were used at farmers markets, an increase of 7.5 percent over 2013. Increasing the number of SNAP authorized farmers markets is part of USDA’s ongoing mission to support recipients in making healthy food choices.

The Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants will range from $15,000 to $250,000 and must be designed to increase SNAP client accessibility and participation at farmers markets, and support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP EBT services at farmers markets. Eligible applicants include farmers market organizations and associations, non–profit entities, state, local and tribal nations and other organizations engaged in farmers market management.

The Request for Applications will be published today. Applications are due June 18, 2015. Grant funds will be awarded in September. For further information about the grant application, visit

Supporting farmers markets and expanding access to healthy, local food is a key element of USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative which coordinates the Department’s effort on local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has identified local and regional food systems as one of the four pillars of rural economic development.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs. In addition to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, these programs include the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the National School Lunch Program, and the Summer Food Service Program which together comprise America’s nutrition safety net. For more information, visit