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Celebrate Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

Join Learning ZoneXpress as we celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! This month is a great time to introduce yourself and your family to a new fruit and vegetable. Following the USDA’s MyPlate recommendation of making half your plate fruits and vegetables makes it easy to incorporate fresh produce into each meal.


Make half your plate fresh fruits and veggies with these simple tips:
• Keep fruits and vegetables visible. Place fruits in a bowl on the counter. Store cleaned and cut-up vegetables in clear storage containers in the refrigerator.
• Choose fruit for dessert.
• Snack on carrots, celery, peppers and broccoli dipped in hummus or low-fat dressing.
• Top cereal or yogurt with berries or sliced banana.
• Feature veggies in main dishes like sandwiches, pasta or stir-fry.
• Try vegetable-based soups like tomato, squash, lentil, or minestrone.
• Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Not only will you save money, the produce will likely taste better too. Explore your nearby farmer’s markets for a fun outing for the whole family!

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will add very important nutrition to your diet. Some of these nutrients may reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Each color has a different benefit, so eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day!

For more nutrition education on fruits and vegetables, visit Learning ZoneXpress to see our variety of posters, handouts, activity books and more.

Brand New….Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget DVD!

When you’ve got a tight budget, meal planning and healthy eating can be challenging. Our new Nutrition Starts Here: Smart Eating on a Budget DVD will help you develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Join Chef Marshall O’Brien as he shares nutritious food choices and healthy eating strategies. Chef Marshall demonstrates and explains how cooking and eating healthy food can be both fun and delicious while saving money.


Short video segments include:

• Simple, Tasty Slow Cooker Meals-Slow cooker meals offer convenience, cost savings, great flavors and are great for healthy eating.

• Understanding Portion Sizes- Use the USDA MyPlate as a guide to portion sizes.

• Label Reading- Look for words you can recognize, find words that represent food ingredients and not chemicals. Look for labels with fewer ingredients.

• Tasty Whole Grains- Benefits of whole grains include; Consistent energy-hunger satisfied longer, Nature’s broom-sweeping the digestive track, strong immune system, Look for the word “whole”.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. We hope that this video offers you a few simple tips to learn how to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.

Happy Birthday, MyPlate! LZX reflects on the day MyPlate was first announced 4 years ago.

MyPlate Healthy Eating Poster from Learning ZoneXpressAs we celebrate MyPlate’s 4th birthday today, Learning ZoneXpress takes a moment to reflect on the day MyPlate was first announced by First Lady, Michelle Obama.  We were first on the scene with educational resources and haven’t slowed down since, so we thought it would be fun to share a couple memories from the team involved from the beginning.

Customer Service Manager, Shelly and Director of Educational Resources, Mary Beth both recall our designers running to their desks as the announcement was made. They were ready to work! Mary Beth remembers “standing around the screen watching the announcement and Barb high tails it to her desk to get the icon from the website. We had a MyPlate poster and handout ready the next morning! I remember people being really grateful and excited that we had these resources so quickly.”

Linnea, our Product Manager, was  highly involved in the content creation of these resources. She remembers the day vividly.

Thinking back, it was a kind of crazed time that’s for sure! I remember receiving a Google Alert on May 26th from WebMD saying that “a new Food Pyramid Replacement” was coming in a week’s time and emailing the link out to the team: This sent us scrambling formulating our game plan for design, what could be put on hold? We need to set up item numbers! We need to meet with printers about quick turn arounds, etc. It was kind of exciting not knowing what exactly was coming, but we were ready for anything that was going to be announced.

I remember I had a hard time sleeping the night before the announcement because I knew it was going to be a crazy time scrambling to put together content quickly for our resources. Morning of the announcement, we had a laptop set up for us to watch the press conference and Melanie was serving treats to celebrate, but the design team didn’t indulge because we had our work cut out for us. We had product designed and promoted within 24 hours of the announcement and promised having products ready for shipment within a week!

LZX Team watching MyPlate Announcement from Michelle Obama

Here’s a photo we dug up of some team members anxiously awaiting the announcement on June 2, 2011. Can you believe it’s been four years?! Happy Birthday, MyPlate!

How are you celebrating MyPlate? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Learning ZoneXpress Presents…Education Cards!

Are you prepared to be amazed by a BRAND NEW product line? We are pleased to present that we have launched a new and useful product line-“Education Cards”- and are very excited by these cards engaging photography and simple, easy-to-read text that makes this product line an extremely useful resource for parents and caregivers.

Educate your audience about pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition, feeding your baby and child nutrition picky eating, plus many more titles coming soon. Use our Education Cards to offer practical nutrition tips and suggestions to your clients and to provide individualized education. These cards are easy to read, portable, economical and a clever alternative to tri-fold brochures or handouts.


These Education Cards are 4” x 9”, 2-sided, and printed on cardstock featuring a blank space on the backside to personalize it with a label or stamp with your clinic or organization information. They come in a set of 100 and fit easily into a brochure display, WIC folder, or #10 standard business envelopes.

Our nutrition education resources are used successfully in WIC and Public Health Programs, Cooperative Extension Programs, Early Childhood Programs, and Community Action Agencies.

Your clients will appreciate these engaging Education Cards with a message that is easy to understand!

Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all of our new Education Cards!  Check back often, many more titles are coming soon.


I Scream, You Scream…We All Scream for Summer $5 Poster Sale!

Summer days are about to begin which means it’s time to kick off our first “SUMMER SALE” of the season. For ONE WEEK ONLY you can take advantage of huge savings on a limited supply of some really great posters. In fact, the savings are so hot that prices on select posters are more than cut in half!

The Learning ZoneXpress Summer Sale starts Tuesday, May 5th through Tuesday, May 12th and offers 50 posters for only $5 each.* This poster supply is limited so don’t wait to stock up and save on posters featuring topics on: USDA MyPlate, fruits and vegetables, healthy nutrition, portion size, hand washing, cooking and baking, plus much more!


Don’t miss out…”Learning ZoneXpress Summer Sale”…May 5th through May 12th, 2015….50 posters for $5 each….Get them before they’re gone!

Visit Learning ZoneXpress to see all 50 posters for $5 each!

*The $5 sale price is only available 5/5/15-5/12/15 on select posters while supplies last.