LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Fruit and Veggie Fakes PosterLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Don’t be fooled by fake sources of fruits and veggies! The Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster features seemingly health foods that are often mistaken for real fruits and vegetables like veggie sticks, fruit snacks, and juice drinks. The poster offers tips for spotting produce impostors like reading nutrition labels and ingredients lists, identifying sources of added sugar, and choosing healthy foods and beverages. 18” x 24” Laminated

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Item # 410240

UPC: 846742005312

Price: $14.95

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Thanks for sharing your FACS stories!!

Melanie Nelson, founder and CEO of Learning ZoneXpressI am writing to express my incredible gratitude for so many of you sharing your stories about Family and Consumer Sciences in your schools and/or organization. I plan to share these on our FACS-focused blog FACSalive over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out what your peers are doing. We continue to learn from each other, and together I believe we can bring awareness to the wonderful world of FCS.

If you have not yet shared your story and would like to, you can do so here! We’ve had a great response – but there’s always room for your story!!

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LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers

Fruit and Veggie Bookmark RulersLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers. Based on the USDA MyPlate icon nutritional strategy, the bookmarks promote the importance of making half your plate fruits and veggies . The rulers include both inches and centimeter measures and are printed on heavy card stock for durability. These bookmark rulers make great giveaways, incentives, or prizes!

“We have found that classroom incentives that promote a healthy message are a win-win for students. They are fun and reward good behavior. They also help reinforce health messages taught in the classroom and lunchroom. They help students internalize the healthy message,” explains Learning ZoneXpress founder Melanie Nelson.

Learning ZoneXpress also has Breakfast Bookmark Rulers that promote the value of eating breakfast to energizing your day. The Breakfast Bookmark Rulers are a handy incentive for classrooms, lunchroom and doctors’ offices.

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One week only – 25 DVDs for $25 Each

We have 25 great educational DVDs available for $25 each. Check them out…

The Scoop on Blended Families DVD

Winner of Telly Award Stop by our video ice cr…
Item # 3404-DVD
Regular Price: $49.95
On Sale For: $25.00
Kids and Family Foods Issues Video

Getting children to eat can be a constant battl…
Item # 300008
Regular Price: $99.00
On Sale For: $25.00
Snack Smarts DVD

“Snacks rule,” says Ricardo, an enthusiastic h…
Item # 3218-DVD
Regular Price: $79.95
On Sale For: $25.00
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Help us spread the word: Family and Consumer Sciences is alive and well!

In recent press, there has been a lot of talk about the need for teaching our youth cooking and survival skills once again.  As a former FCS educator and founder of Learning ZoneXpress, my team and I stand behind the importance of teaching our youth Family and Consumer Sciences skills.  That’s why we continue to create new products every year to help meet the needs of our FCS educators.


We know that Family and Consumer Sciences, also referred to as “Home Ec”, still survives and even thrives in schools today.  It has not gone away completely. Many dedicated FCS teachers and extension agents continue to teach young men and women the tools they need to survive on their own. 


Learning ZoneXpress would love to hear how teaching FCS is still relevant in your school or organization today and what skills you are teaching your students.  We want to let people know that these programs still exist and continue to grow stronger as we recognize the importance of teaching these skills. Teaching our youth how to survive nutritionally, economically and financially are some of the most important skills they will ever learn in school.


We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

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Grants Promote Math Enhancement Programs

math-activities-in-nutrition-activity-bookFrom our friends at GrantStation

Grants Promote Math Enhancement Programs
The Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement
Advancing Student Achievement (ASA), an initiative of the Actuarial Foundation, supports math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics for grades 4-12 students in U.S. public and private schools. Programs eligible for support may include, but are not limited to, clubs, competitions, before and after school programs, classroom extension periods, etc. Funded programs must impact 20 to 25 students and meet a minimum of one time per month. ASA grants are for a two-year period and range up to $5,000 annually. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Actuarial Foundation’s website to learn more about the ASA grant program.


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Youth Service Organizations Supported with Grants

From our friends at GrantStation

Youth Service Organizations Supported
Youth Service America: Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people to serve locally, nationally, and globally. YSA’s Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program offers organizations support to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events during Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. Lead Agencies will receive a planning grant of $1,000 to $3,000 funded by State Farm, capacity-building training, and ongoing consultation. Typically, Lead Agencies are local, regional, or statewide nonprofit organizations with a focus on youth development and positive community engagement. Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick in Canada are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 31, 2014. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.

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Earn an LZX gift certificate by supporting women health workers in Kenya

We are asking you to look into your heart and help us support a program (HFAW) that will make a difference in the lives of so many women, children and men in Kenya. Please consider a donation to help train 30 women and men in poor, rural Kenya to be strong health and human rights promoters tin their communities.

To encourage you to support the effort, Learning ZoneXpress will offer a $15 gift certificate to the first 50 people who donate $10 and Tweet about the donation tagging @lxzpress. (The funding round ends June 29.)

This is what you need to do:

  1. Have a Twitter account
  2. Donate $10 (or more!) to the project here
  3. Once the transaction is complete, you can Tweet about your donation through the website. Be sure to add @lzxpress to the Tweet so that we see it
  4. We will then ask you to send us contact info and we will send you a $15 gift certificate

More about the Project

HFAW will train 30 rural poor women (and men) to be strong health and human rights promoters through a six month pilot training in transformative strategies based on popular education which has been highly effective in Chile (via EPES Foundation) changing the lives of poor women. HFAW focuses on reproductive health and human rights as critical step to break the epidemic discrimination against women. The methods empowers women to fight for change and includes a few supportive men to fight backlash.

The Learning ZoneXpress Connection

Promoting worldwide health and human rights – especially for women and children – is a passion for Learning ZoneXpress founder Melanie Nelson. Melanie has worked hard to help make that happen through her volunteer work with (and generous donations to) EPES – an acronym for Educacion Popular en Salud which can be translated into Popular Education for Health. It is a program that focuses on empowering shantytown women to make changes in domestic violence, tobacco control, breast cancer, HIV awareness, and more recently, nutrition education.

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Garden Heroes on a summer vacation Road Trip

IMG_20140616_130816_101The Garden Heroes are on a road trip. We hope you enjoy watching their voyages – maybe you can guess where they are going to go next. Or let us know if we’re in your town. We can always use some suggestions for fun, local places to visit. (Also we’re always up for a Farmer’s Market.) Follow us on Instagram to keep up:

Maya Mango – learn more about Maya 

Gracie Grapefuit - learn more about Gracie

Roja Raspberry - learn more about Roja

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Food trucks for food deserts

We love this idea happening in our home state, as reported by the line media

A recent city-ordinance change has paved the way for mobile grocery stores. Now the Wilder Foundation’s Twin Cities Mobile Market, a repurposed Metro Transit bus that cost the foundation just over $6,000, can distribute fresh produce on St. Paul’s East Side and the North Side of Minneapolis.

Both neighborhoods are considered “food deserts” because the corner shops and independent markets that provide residents with groceries lack fresh produce and other wholesome items.

It’s an affordable way to bring good food to deserving neighborhoods!

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