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Just Released: Nutrition Facts Label Resources!

New Nutrition Facts Label ResourcesIt’s a matter of new facts.

A lot has changed in Americans’ diets since the Nutrition Facts labels first appeared on food packages in 1993. Rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer are high and portion sizes have become more and more generous. Nutrition science has made new discoveries and connections between food and health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new Nutrition Facts label design that is easier to read and is helpful for consumers to make healthier, informed food choices.

The FDA says:

Our goal is to help people make better informed food choices that support a healthy diet. The changes are based on updated science that reinforces the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

What’s Changed?

  • Larger and bolder type on serving sizes and amount of calories make it easy to read.
  • Now includes the amount of added sugars and a % daily value.
  • Added sugars should be limited to 10% of daily calories.
  • Vitamin D and potassium added to required nutrients listed.
  • Actual amounts of required nutrients now included.
  • New footnote better explains the percent Daily Value.

Serving Sizes Get a Reality Check

What’s considered a single serving has changed in the decades since the original nutrition label was created. Now serving sizes will be more realistic to reflect how much people typically eat. Package sizes affect how much people eat and drink. Now, for example, both 12 and 20 ounce bottles will be considered 1 serving, since people typically drink both sizes in one sitting.

If food labels are a part of the education you provide students or clients, Learning ZoneXpress has brand new resources that reflect these new changes.  These brand new resources highlight the different sections of the food label to help consumers determine if a food or beverage is a healthy choice, including a review of serving sizes and calories, nutrients to get more and less of, and an explanation of % Daily Value.




Free I Tried It Stickers for National Nutrition Month

Free Stickers for National Nutrition MonthHere at Learning ZoneXpress, we are getting excited for National Nutrition Month! As you may know, it’s our favorite time of year.  This year, we have an exciting offer of FREE I Tried It Stickers with any order. These are a customer favorite used by nutrition professionals all across the nation to encourage children to try new foods, assist in cafeteria taste tests and more.

Use coupon code MNM16 at to receive a free roll of I Tried It stickers with your purchase!

Expires 3/31/16. Not valid with any other offers. May not be applied to previous orders. Limit one free roll (905900) per order.

March is National Nutrition Month Bulletin Board KitInterested in more resources to celebrate National Nutrition Month? Learning ZoneXpress has a brand new March is Nutrition Month Bulletin Board Kit available for a limited time in addition to nutrition posters, handouts, incentives and more! Visit to view them all and don’t forget to use coupon code MNM16 to receive 200 free I Tried It Stickers! Happy Nutrition Month!



Video Librarian reviews Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget

Nutrition Starts Here Smart Eating on a BudgetWe are thrilled with Video Librarian’s latest review of one of our new video releases…

Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget ***

(2015) 19 min. DVD: $79.95 (downloadable teacher’s guide available). Learning ZoneXpress. PPR. Closed captioned.

Hosted by chef Marshall O’Brien, Nutrition Starts Here features bite-sized (sorry) vignettes showcasing nutritious food choices and strategies for taking control of what you eat. In the longest segment, “Simple, Tasty Slow Cooker Meals,” O’Brien shows viewers how to toss in a few simple ingredients and let a crockpot do the heavy lifting, while also offering food safety tips (particularly important if your dish starts with raw ingredients like chicken) and advice on testing appliances for proper temperatures to ensure safe meal preparation. “Tasty Whole Grains” looks at the nutritional differences between whole grains and refined grains, while “Understanding Portion Sizes” and “Label Reading” go together like salt and pepper—helping viewers determine how much food to put on their plates, and demystifying the complexities of product labels. While the program could have delved deeper into the “budget” part of its title, this is a solid introduction, overall, to making healthier eating choices. Recommended. Aud: J, H, P. (C. Block)

(January/February 2016 Volume 31, Issue 1)

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Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Mary Beth picks best bets for Public Health

Learning About Nutrition through ActivitiesThis week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Mary Beth told us:

MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handout $11.95
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant have special nutritional needs. Based on the USDA’s MyPlate, the recommendations on the MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handouts help pregnant women eat for a healthy baby. 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided (Also available in Spanish)

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout $11.95
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. 8 1/2” x 11”, 50 sheets, 2-sided. (Also available in Spanish)

Preschool Head to Toe Banner $129.95
This banner groups healthy, kid-friendly nutritious food choices and significant nutrients by the parts of the body they benefit most, including brain, hair, eyes, teeth, bones, heart, muscles, skin, and digestive system. (Also available as handout and poster)

Move Bingo for Kids $39.95
This bingo features simple stretches and movements selected specifically for young children based on skill level. The instructor reads the movements on the clue cards, children will do the movements, and those with the activity on their game card cover the square.

LANA Learning About Nutrition through Activities Deluxe Kit $389.95
LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) Deluxe Kit is a 24 week preschool program (20 minute daily sessions). LANA is a research-based curriculum that encourages children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. (Items also sold individually.)

Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Maureen picks FACS favorites!

This week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Maureen told us:

Money Smart DVDFood Safety; It’s in Your Hands DVD $79.95
Discover the steps to keeping food safe from foodborne illness by joining a chef in the kitchen along with a microbiologist to learn what you need to know for clean and safe food storage and preparation.

Money Smart DVD $79.95
Make dollars and cents of your money now so you build financial security for your future starting today. Money Smart DVD features financial and business professionals sharing their knowledge and insight into all aspects of money to impart to viewers what they need to know about their finances.

5 Minute Activities: 21st Century Job Skills $29.95
5 Minute 21st Century Job Skills Activities can help you introduce a lesson or utilize extra minutes of class time with 50 quick and effective activities that incorporate essential 21st Century Job Skills in five minutes or less.

STEM Nutrition Poster Set $99.95
Challenge students with inquiry-based lessons that encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) critical thinking skills about a variety of nutrition topics. Problem-based learning lessons pose thought-provoking questions about sugar, the importance of eating breakfast, food labels, caffeine, portion size, and more.

Say Yes to FCS Poster $14.95
The FCS Careers Poster Set highlights the top 35 family and consumer sciences careers and career trends for 2020 that relate to FCS with word cloud-based design and photos depicting different professions.