October is National Farm to School Month!

Farm to School

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October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

According to the National Farm to School Network, “Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!”

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! Learn more about National Farm to School Month, farm to school projects in your community, and how you can get involved by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, farmtoschool.org.

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Visit Learning ZoneXpress For Farm to School nutrition stickers, posters, bulletin board kits and more to help you promote your celebration!

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National STEM Programs Funded

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National STEM Programs Funded
Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation supports nonprofit organizations throughout the country that are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Grants of $50,000 or more are available to support the development and implementation of programs in the STEM fields. Funded organizations must be classified as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, be located within the United States, and have a national scope. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed two times per year. Online application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

According to healthfinder.gov “One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese.” Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Learning ZoneXpress encourages your family to make healthy changes together.410124

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For nutrition education resources to help you get started, visit Learning ZoneXpress.

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School Gardens in the U.S. and Canada Supported

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School Gardens in the U.S. and Canada Supported
Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.The Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program provides support for edible gardens at K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. These grants of $2,000 are awarded to schools as well as nonprofit organizations working in partnership with schools. Consideration is given to new or existing garden projects at any stage of development that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Applications for U.S. projects must be submitted by October 31, 2015; Canadian applications are due November 15, 2015. Visit the Foundation’s website to complete the online application.

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Celebrate Whole Grains Month!

September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains!


What are whole grains?

Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates.  They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy.

How can you determine if a food is whole grain? 

Look for the word “whole” in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as “100% whole-grain” or “whole wheat”.  An easy way to look for whole grain foods is to look for the Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council.


Whole Grains Council Stamp


Some popular whole grains include:

  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-wheat bread, cereals, crackers, pasta

It’s easy to make 1/2 your grains whole grains with so many delicious options!  Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Learning ZoneXpress!  Visit our website to see all of our Whole Grain nutrition education products.




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