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Celebrating Older Americans Month with great health tips

May is older Americans month. It’s a great time to focus on the older folks around us, to thank them for their support and their wisdom. And what better way to show them that we care than by introducing them to health care ideas especially developed for older people to help them continue to get older, while maybe feeling a little younger. (Also a goof reminder to all of us to think about our health – after all we want to be getting older while feeling younger too.)

Learning ZoneXpress has a range of products especially designed to promote healthy choices for seniors…

Handouts such as…

keeping hydrated for older adults

Brochures such as…

brain health tri-fold brochures

Posters such as…

diabetes myplate handouts

And games…

chair activity bingo

  • Chair Activity Bingo
  • Encourage physical activity without having to g…
  • Item # 511013
  • Price: $39.95

These are great for hospitals, healthcare centers, nursing home and other facilities even public health centers.

 

2013 Learning ZoneXpress Highlights

Health & Wellness Video: 54321+8 Countdown to Your Health from Learning ZoneXpressFor many of us in education the year starts in September and ends in June. Those are the times we see real changes. We actually finish things and start them. But there’s something special about a New Year too. It’s a fun time to look back at fluid changes in the year. And for many of us we have a little more time to reflect in January than we do in September or May too.

So here are a few of our highlights from 2013…

  • In January we partnered with Blue Zones, an organization founded by researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow (and fellow Minnesotan!) Dan Buettner. It’s been a great partnership for us; it helps us encourage nutrition education and promotion at all ages!
  • In March we celebrated National Nutrition Month. IN fact, 2013 Nutrition Month was our most successful yet! We’re looking forward to 2014!
  • In June  we celebrated MyPlate’s Birthday with new active MyPlate posters & handouts. It’s always fun to celebrate a birthday – seems like just yesterday MyPlate was a newborn!
  • In August our Dry Erase Menu Boards win Stevie Award for Best New Product! Couldn’t be any prouder.
  • In September we were named to the 2013 Prestigious Inc. 500 List of fastest growing companies. Wow!
  • In November, we won 11  Health Information Awards. Also Melanie Nelson received the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year
  • In December Melanie Nelson donated $25,000 to support Educacion Poplar en Salud’ (EPES) capacity-building initiative with the Hope Foundation for African Women (FHAW) of Kenya.
  • In our spare time we developed product line on nutrition for older adults that includes 143 new resources!

Whew – no wonder we’re tired, but energized!

Nutrition Education Makes SNAP Better

Earlier this week we were promoting greater investment in SNAP-Ed. So we were delighted to find new research that backs up our contention that money spent on education for SNAP is an investment with an attractive return on investment. According to Tri-State Neighbor

The study, SNAP Education and Evaluation Study (Wave II), evaluated the impact of several nutrition education programs on fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income elementary school children and seniors. The study found that children participating in certain nutrition education programs increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption at home by a quarter- to a third-cup, and were more likely to choose low-fat or fat-free milk. Participating seniors consumed about a half-cup more fruits and vegetables daily.

tri-fold MyPlate On a Budget Tri-fold BrochuresWe were even more excited to learn that nutrition education materials made a difference…

Two of the programs studied for this report provided nutrition education lessons in schools, take-home materials and activities to low-income elementary-aged children. Researchers found that the design, content, and messages of the programs were well-received by school staff. The most successful intervention utilized a variety of methods to educate students while engaging parents and caregivers through take-home materials that helped to address concerns about providing healthy foods on a tight budget.

The third program provided direct nutrition education, take-home materials and other materials to low-income adults aged 60 to 80 at senior sites and other gathering centers.

Researchers found that participants that completed take-home activities adopted healthier behaviors and were more engaged in discussions about overcoming the challenges and barriers to purchasing, preparing and consuming fruits and vegetables.

Learning ZoneXpress has a range of nutrition education materials to support SNAP-Ed, such as…

MyPlate On a Budget Tri-fold Brochures

This educational nutrition brochure helps identify ways to purchase and prepare healthful, nutritious foods without breaking the bank.

The MyPlate nutrition pamphlet explains a variety of tips to purchasing nutrient-rich foods, affordable MyPlate meal ideas, strategies for cooking at home, and more.

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

New Product Announcement: Diabetes MyPlate Spanish Handouts

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – Diabetes MyPlate Spanish Handouts. A great handout for patients, students, families or anyone who needs help making healthy decisions for a diabetic using the USDA MyPlate recommendations…

Diabetes MyPlate Spanish Handouts

Encourage good food choices with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Spanish Handout. This colorful nutrition education handout translated into Spanish features an adaptation of the USDA food 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 Spanish Handout addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetics diet, the importance of daily physical activity and reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, salt in your diet, and more.

8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

Spanish translation.

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 475010

UPC: 846742004490

Price: $9.95 

Fun mention from Annual Nutrition Conference Secret Shopper

Hey – we have some fun news to share!  This year at the Annual Nutrition Conference (ANC) put on by SNA, they had Secret Shopper’s and they picked our dry erase menu board and featured it in their publication.  It’s on page 38 of the School Nutrition publication. Here’s what they’ve said…

1 great tray dry erase board“Learning ZoneXpress is a terrific sources for creative promotional, educational and training materials for school nutrition operations. Secret Shoppers applauded the company’s “bright and eye catching” laminated posters, which “project all the messages we want for both staff and students!” The wide array of MyPlate items was noted, as was the Terrific Tray Dry Erase Menu Board, deemed “very user-friendly for students to identify meal components. It’s erasable, so it can be updated every day.” The Board is available in two sizes and features an images of  a lunch tray divided into the different meal pattern requirements. Also touted was a new resource: 5-minute Foodservice Activities, which “will be a great tool for managers’ meetings and inservices.” This spiral-bound book includes 50 different activities, divided into five themes essential for running a compliant school nutrition operation.”

New Product Announcement: POWer PLAY’te Paper Plates

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – POWer PLAY’te Paper Plates. Great for reminding kids to make healthy choices no matter what the occasion or setting – based on the USDA MyPlate recommendations.

POWer PLAY'te Paper Plates

The POWer PLAY’te™ is a kid-friendly paper plate featuring bright colors and fun fruit and vegetable characters designed to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. Sections of the plate coincide with USDA’s MyPlate icon and incorporates a child’s normal role-playing strategies and teams them with fruits and vegetables to make the connection between healthy eating and playtime.

8 5/8″ diameter
Package of 50

Item # 900100

Price: $19.95 

New Product Announcement: MyPlate Paper Plates

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – MyPlate Paper Plates. They are a fun way to remind diners to make healthy choices – even on picnics – based on the USDA MyPlate recommendations…

MyPlate Paper Plates

Demonstrate wise meal selections with affordable MyPlate Paper Plates! The printed section for food is 7 1/2″ in diameter with an attached 2 5/8″ dairy section. Made from sturdy, FDA-food-safe medium-weight paper coated to resist moisture and add rigidity. A perfect teaching aid to use at mealtimes or giveaway to promote healthy eating.

Package of 25 plates

Item # 900109

Price: $14.95 

Most school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards

Kids’ Safe & Healthful Food Project reports some good news…

Ninety-four percent of U.S. school districts expected to meet updated federal nutrition standards for lunches by the end of the 2012-13 academic year, according to a national survey commissioned by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. However, many school districts say that their current kitchen equipment and infrastructure limit their ability to do so and that food service staff need more training as they work to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, guidelines.

The same article remarks on some of the challenges to going healthy…

The two challenges districts reported most frequently in their efforts to meet the standards were purchasing healthier foods (76 percent) and training staff (64 percent). Other challenges included needing more staff hours; an incomplete understanding of the new meal requirements, including how to qualify for the additional 6-cents-per-lunch reimbursement; and the need for updated equipment and infrastructure.

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to offer some solutions to the training issue. We have two games that have been very popular with foodservice workers…

game to learn school breakfast standardsMeal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game
Review the new USDA School Breakfast Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint training game. The game challenges foodservice workers to identify reimbursable food combinations that meet the guidelines through review of planned menus and corresponding photos of different food combinations. Players must determine if the combination shown is a “meal” (reimbursable) or “no meal” (not reimbursable) in a fun and entertaining game that takes into consideration requirements for two different school years (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) Perfect for training sessions or individual review to test your knowledge of the requirements. The Meal or No Meal School Breakfast Training Game has been reviewed and recommended by foodservice directors. Price: $49.95


meal-or-no-meal-school-lunch-training-gameMeal or No Meal School Lunch Training Game

Review the new National School Lunch Program guidelines while identifying qualifying reimbursable meals under Offer vs. Serve with this fun PowerPoint game.  The game challenges foodservice workers to identify trays that meet the guidelines through photos of different food combinations.  Perfect for training sessions. Price: $49.95

We also have a range of products to help kids make the connection between what’s on their plate and why it’s there! Our 1 Great Plate® product line was developed to bring life to MyPlate and ensure healthy, balanced eating by dividing your plate with visual representation!  A healthy meal is pictured showing the USDA MyPlate divisions of 1/2 fruits and vegetables, 1/4 whole grains, and 1/4 lean protein, equaling 1 Great Plate!

 

 

September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month, highlighting a national epidemic that affects one-in-three American children who are overweight or obese.

Since the 1970s, obesity rates among U.S. children have tripled.  Millions of young people are now facing increased risk of serious illnesses that were previously seen only in adults, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, asthma and some types of cancer.

However, recent studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show some modest progress in combating this problem.  The CDC reports obesity rates among children holding steady after decades of sharp increases and even decreasing slightly among some preschoolers in 19 states and territories.

“Although this success is limited, it shows we can reverse childhood obesity,” said Learning ZoneXpress (LZX) Founder Melanie Nelson. “The solution lies in education and awareness.  When people understand the facts and have the right tools, they can take action.”

Educators play a critical role in providing information to families, and the materials they share can help promote life-long healthy habits.

With this in mind, LZX offers two engaging educational products focused on combating obesity.

Active Kids MyPlate Poster

First is the Active Kids MyPlate Poster designed to encourage kids to “get moving.”  Colorful and inviting, the 24” x 18” laminated poster incorporates a sports theme as well as hero characters to promote both healthy food choices and 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Active Kids MyPlate Handout

A second kid-friendly product, the Active Kids MyPlate Handout, features the same theme and messaging presented in a smaller format.  Ideal for distributing directly to children and families, the 8 ½” x 11” two-sided handout is available in a pack of 50.

New Product Announcement: MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products – MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster. It’s a great way to promote the USDA MyPlate recommendations and support the vegetarian lifestyle…

MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster

Take a closer look at the MyPlate food icon through the lens of a plant-based vegetarian diet with the MyPlate for Vegetarians Poster. This poster features photographs of healthy, nutrient-rich vegetarian food options from each food group along with tips to help vegetarians make the healthiest choices. The poster also includes brief explanations of the four most common types of vegetarians: flexitarian or semi-vegetarian, pescatarian, vegetarian (lacto-, ovo-, and lacto-ovo), and vegan.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

© 2013 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 410228

UPC: 846742004537

Price: $14.95