Houston Food Bank uses LZX Healthy Eating Head to Toe Poster

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Healthy Eating Head to ToeI work at the Houston Food Bank and have used one of your posters—Healthy Eating Head to Toe—with a series of nutrition classes I am teaching at three Houston schools in conjunction with Urban Harvest.  All of the schools have gardens as part of an Urban Harvest program and the nutrition classes focus on connecting nutrition and the garden.  For the first lesson we focused on sweet potatoes and discussed six nutrients in sweet potatoes.  We traced an outline of one student and labeled the nutrients and drew in parts of the body affected by them.  Then we compared it to your poster to get a bigger picture of how food works inside of us.  I took the attached photos on Wednesday at Burnet Elementary, a Title I school in the Houston Independent School District.


I have a number of materials from Learning ZoneXpress and find them very helpful and love the graphics and photos!



Stephanie B, MS, RD, LD

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Houston Food Bank

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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 
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Farm to School celebrates in our hometown of Owatonna

farm to schoolWe love to see good things happening in our own community of Owatonna, MN. Owatonna’s People Press reported on a fun lunch at the local junior high school…

The Owatonna school district was recently a recipient of the $50,000 AGRI grant and another $50,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield, who partnered with MDA as a way to reduce childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating. With the money, OJHS was able to purchase new cooler and freezer units to be used as the central storage unit in the district.

What more fitting way to celebrate than with a serving of tater tot hotdish? But this traditional Minnesota meal is with a twist — ground turkey from Ferndale instead of beef.

OJHS seventh-grader Jenna Gasner said she can taste the difference, but it’s still good. So good, in fact, that she turned down the pizza line to get a helping of hotdish.

Director of food services for the school district Rachel Valesano invited the politicians and farmers on a tour with kitchen manager Lou Dietz-Stoltz.

“It’s fun. I was so excited I didn’t sleep last night,” said Dietz-Stoltz. “It’s great to be able to express what we do. Food service workers are very passionate — you got to love kids and you got to love food.”

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New SuperTracker Resource Available from USDA!

Great news from the USDA…

This week the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) launched a new, free resource for teachers, schools, and health educators. SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker.

The lesson plans include a variety of topics such as selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.The lesson plans are available for download on the ChooseMyPlate.gov “For Educators” page at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/information-educators.html.

SuperTracker is an engaging (and free) interactive tool that can help students think critically about their food and physical activity choices, reduce risk of chronic disease, and maintain a healthy weight. SuperTracker users can determine what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.

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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!!

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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

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How are you going to celebrate World Food Day?

October 16 is World Food Day. SO what is World Food Day? According to the website…

World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people.

In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger.  From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger.

The Theme this year is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. So what are you planning to do? The World Food Day has a database of events in the US. Check it out and if you have an event planned, please add it to the map!

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Halloween Treats that don’t Play Tricks with Nutrition

Halloween – it’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. Kids love it. We love to see the kids have fun. We love to see the creativity of the costumes. For many part of the US it’s a last hurrah before the winter sets in. But the candy – the bags and bags of candy. It’s not great for health or teeth.


We have handouts with great tips to help create some fun, tasty and nutritious treats. It’s a great time to hand them out at school, at the rec center, at the doctor’s office or other public health posts. It’s a reminder to parents and educators that we can celebrate without getting into scary food situations. We know on top of the health concerns, we’re all seen our angles turn into monster, with or without costume, after a few too many treats. There’s a handout for healthy Halloween party tips and one of healthy Halloween treats.

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Happy World Egg Day!

Today is World Egg Day. The yolk’s on you if you have planned anything. We are going to try to post some “eggacting” Tweets to help you keep up on good ideas, pithy facts and lore of eggs to entertain your classes or maybe just your friends. We’re going to start by reminding of you of our Amazing Eggs Activity Lessons and a snippet from our Amazing Eggs 2012 DVD.

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Lights! Camera! Save! Video Contest for Teens on Financial LIteracy

money smartWe think this is a great way to get kids interested in financial literacy…

Lights! Camera! Save! Video Contest for Teens October – November 2014 (Nationwide)The American Bankers Association (ABA) Community Engagement Foundation sponsors this video contest for banks to engage teenagers to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. Banks host the local level of the competition and select winners to compete on the national level. The top three winners receive cash prizes to help pay for their education. Winners will be announced in February 2015 during America Saves Week. http://www.aba.com/Engagement/Pages/financialed.aspx

And we just happen to have a range of financial literacy school resources – if you were thinking of turning this into a class project.

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