Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation: April 17

women in scienceThis looks like an inspiring event

On April 17th, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation as part of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.  This event will begin a dialogue with girls from across the country about their lives, experiences, and hopes for the future

While the event will take place in New York City, we want to broaden this conversation to include girls in schools and organizations from across the country.  We will be livestreaming the event and connecting to classrooms and organizations remotely.

If you’re interested in getting your school or organization involved, please RSVP using the form to the right.  We will follow-up with more information on the event and suggestions for how you can get involved.

This event is part of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, to help advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. You and your student’s voices and stories are an essential part of understanding how far women and girls have come and what are the most important challenges moving forward.

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Movie Monday: MyPlate on a Budget Tri Fold Brochure


MyPlate on a Budget Tri Fold Brochure 

Research has shown that low-income communities have greater access to fast food, that healthy food tends to be more expensive and grocery stores are less prevalent in low-income neighborhoods. So families that are budget-conscious need to really make an effort to make healthy choices.
To help those families choose nutrition, Learning ZoneXpress has developed MyPlate on a Budget Tri-Fold Brochures. The brochures offer practical advice such as:

  • Buy Seasonal
  • GO Generic
  • Buy in bulk
  • But it whole and
  • Visit the freezer aisle.

They are simple suggestions, including a low cost grocery list, to help make healthy choices easy and affordable.
The tri-folds are colorful and come in packs of 50. So they are easy to handout to patients, parents, students or just leave in a waiting room or other public place. They are equally convenient for the recipients. They are the perfect size to keep in a bag or purse — and hand enough to take out and reference while in the grocery store.
Check them out at the Learning ZoneXpress website.

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New Product Announcement: Fruit & Vegetables: Color Power DVD

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products –

Fruit & Vegetables: Color Power DVD

fruit and veg color power DVDWhen it comes to fruits and vegetables, more is better. Fruits and veggies are filled with a host of health-promoting benefits, but often times we fall short on our daily servings. How can we get ourselves to eat and enjoy more fruits and veggies? Join food and health professionals in Fruit and Vegetables: Color Power to discover the power of fruits and vegetables in short segments that discuss:
•    The importance of eating fruits and vegetables
•    Daily requirements and what counts as a serving
•    Ways to encourage eating more fruits and vegetables
•    Selection and basic preparation methods

Approximately 20 min.
Closed captioned
Grade 6 – adult

© 2014 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 300050

UPC: 846742004803

Price: $79.95 

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Farm to School Grant Program Funds Available

farm to schoolWe’ve seen a great interest from customers in Farm to School programs. They are a great way to support local economy and nutrition and get kids interested in nutrition and healthy choices. The USDA recently announced a grant program to support Farm to School programs

On February 19, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of federal funds for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Farm to School Grant Program. See the press release here.

FY 2015 Request for Applications (pdf)

FY 2015 Request for Applications (doc)

Program Description

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. New in FY 2015, USDA will make approximately an additional $500,000 available to eligible entities to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. In this funding round, USDA is soliciting applications for four types of grants:

  1. Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations.
  1. Implementation grants are intended for school districts or schools to help scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
  1. Support Service grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with school districts or schools to further develop existing farm to school initiatives and to provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.

Proposals for planning, implementation, and support service grants are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, April 30, 2014. A 25% cash or in-kind match of the total project cost is required.

  1. Conference/Event grants are open to all interested parties. They are intended to support conferences, events and trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or conferences, events and trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education and integration of agriculture‐based curriculum.

Letters of Intent for Conference/Event grants are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, April 2, 2014.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • February 19, 2014: Request for Applications Released
  • April 2, 2014: Conference/Event Letters of Intent due via email (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • April 30, 2014: Planning, Implementation, and Support service proposals due via (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • November 2014: Awards Announced and Funds Available (pending the availability of federal funds)
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Let’s Move into the kitchen and improve family cooking skills

Earlier this month, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Building a Healthier Future” Summit. She announced that Let’s Move! will focus on helping families start cooking again…

“And cooking isn’t just good for our budgets or our physical health, it’s also good for our kids’ emotional health. Research shows that when families share meals together, kids actually perform better in school, and they get along better with their peers. And let’s not forget that cooking together can actually be fun.”

We think this is exciting news and couldn’t agree more. Encouraging families to be more active was a first step in improving health and wellbeing – encouraging them to cook nutritious meals together is the next logical step and Learning ZoneXpress has a range of tools that will help get them started. Many of these tools are designed for a classroom setting – from a FACS classroom to community education. They are designed to help families make smart decisions together – so that they make the most of the their time, budget and calories. We’ll try to preview more of these products in the upcoming weeks, but wanted to share a quick list today…

Culinary and cooking videos:

3521 Kitchen Fundamentals DVD

300034 Cooking Fundamentals DVD

300024 Amazing Eggs DVD

300016 Fresh Ingredients: Healthy International Food Tips DVD

3502-DVD Herbs & Spices DVD

300030 Small Kitchen Appliances DVD

300015 Cooking and Children… A Learning Activity DVD

Culinary and baking lessons:

Meal planning, grocery shopping, and eating on a budget:

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Movie Monday: Portion Distortion Banners Bright Colors for Visual Learners

Portion Distortion Banners Bright Colors for Visual Learners 

Learning ZoneXpress designs a range of colorful posters and banners for visual learners on nutrition education topics such as portion distortion. The banner and posters are great for classrooms, lunchroom, waiting room — anyplace where you want to help students, patents and families pick up healthy lifestyles and good nutrition habits.

Visit the Learning ZoneXpress website for more ideas.

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New Product Announcement: Smart Snacks in School Handouts

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products –

Smart Snacks in School Handouts

Smart Snacks in School HandoutsEducate parents, students, school staff, and other stakeholders about new “competitive food” standards in schools as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 with the Smart Snacks in School Handouts. This handout highlights the changes being made to school vending, a la carte lines, and other foods sold at school by comparing foods before and after the regulations, reasons behind the changes, times that the rules are in effect, and explains beverage requirements.

8 1/2” x 11”, 50 sheets, 2-sided

© 2014 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 470161

UPC: 846742004902

Price: $9.95 

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What is Fresh Feature Friday?

We read about Fresh Feature Friday in the USDA Blog and though it was too clever not to share…

It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to hang out with a group of cool elementary school students.  Which is why I was so excited for the chance to spend a few hours at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C. You see, it was “Fresh Feature Friday” and D.C. Central Kitchen was coordinating a taste test to see which type of spinach the students like best. “Fresh Feature Friday” is their way of getting kids to try healthy new foods while improving student nutrition and decreasing school food waste.

What a great way to get kids to try new foods!


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Movie Monday: How can we make balanced nutrition fun?

How can we make balanced nutrition fun?

It’s a question asked by most of our customers — from FACS teachers, culinary teachers, science teachers and food service professionals.

For little kids we have a fun collection of stuffed fruits and vegetables — the Garden Heroes. These plush toys are soft and small and kids love ‘em. Often that love transfers to living the fruit or vegetable itself.

For older kids we’ve come up with a game that gets them thinking and having fun — the 1 Great Plate Game. It’s an educational game that helps students build a healthy plate and make it great with food choices from all five food groups. The 1 Great Plate Game makes finding and building MyPlate meal combinations fun! Players are challenged to construct a healthy, nutritionally balanced plate with a fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, and dairy using food portion cards.

Games are geared for students of all ages.

The game includes:

  • 1- 50-sheet tear-off game board that players can enter their calorie requirements on. The flip side features MyPlate tips and activities
  • 95 laminated food portion cards with corresponding nutrition information on backside similar to National Dairy Council food models.
  • Game instruction sheet with bonus game and activity ideas, master list, and USDA calorie level chart
  • For an added twist we’ve heard FACS teachers have had great success using the game in with lower grade buddies. So FACS students visit lower grades to introduce and explain the MyPlate to their junior colleagues and test what they have learned by challenging them to a game of 1 Great Plate!
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New Product Announcement: Physical Activity Tri-Fold Brochures

Learning ZoneXpress is pleased to unveil one of our newest education nutrition products –

Physical Activity Tri-Fold Brochures

Physical Activity Tri-Fold BrochuresFind motivation to get up and get moving with tips and suggestions found in the Physical Activity Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational wellness brochure includes pointers for increasing daily physical activity and the benefits to your body.

The physical activity pamphlet addresses the importance of exercise, how much is needed each day, and identifies the difference between moderate and vigorous activities. The brochure also explains the four different types of exercise including aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, and balance and stretching.

This tri-fold brochure is a part of the A Healthy Habit® series of easy-to-read nutrition education pamphlets for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace.

50 copies
8 1/2” x 11”, tri-fold

© 2014 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 210213

UPC: 846742004957

Price: $16.95

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