Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Progress to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Programs

Interesting to read Secretary Tom Vilsack’s staement on the move to reauthorize critical child nutrition programs. Just last week Learning ZoneXpress unveiled new dietary guidline support materials: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Poster2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines 11″ x 17″ Poster Set and 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Handouts.)
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Poster

Statement from Secretary Tom Vilsack on Senate Progress to Reauthorize Child Nutrition ProgramsWASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 – In anticipation of legislation this week from the Senate to reauthorize child nutrition programs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provides the following statement:

We are pleased the Senate is making bipartisan progress to reauthorize critical child nutrition programs. The Senate’s bill is a win for children, parents, schools and for our country’s future. It maintains our commitment to science-based nutrition standards for school meals and protects the advancements we have made in children’s health since the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Rather than diminish the progress made since the changes were implemented in 2012, the Senate’s bill ensures progress will continue improving our children’s diets, and it promises to end partisan battles about the future of our kids.

The bill is consistent with the approach taken at USDA all along, which is to provide reasonable flexibility for schools as they continue transitioning to the updated standards — an approach that is working. A 2014 Harvard study shows that in some schools, under the updated standards, kids are now eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit at lunch. A 2015 study by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that kids ate nearly 20 percent more of their vegetables in the schools they examined after the standards were updated. And a study of schools in Washington State just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found that the nutritional quality of meals chosen by students has improved since HHFKA was implemented, while program participation did not change. Multiple surveys have documented how the majority of parents and students like the new meals, and—most important—new evidence suggests after decades of a growing obesity epidemic that harmed the health and future of our children and cost our country billions, we are starting to see progress in preventing this disease. The bill sustains and supports this progress.

We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan progress and urge Congress to reauthorize these programs for our young people without delay.

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Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Mary Beth picks best bets for Public Health

Learning About Nutrition through ActivitiesThis week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Mary Beth told us:

MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handout $11.95
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant have special nutritional needs. Based on the USDA’s MyPlate, the recommendations on the MyPlate for Expecting Moms Handouts help pregnant women eat for a healthy baby. 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided (Also available in Spanish)

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout $11.95
The MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handout Tablet is a dietary guide based on USDA MyPlate recommendations to help women who are breastfeeding eat a healthy, balanced diet that supports the baby’s needs and helps mom return to her pre-pregnancy weight. 8 1/2” x 11”, 50 sheets, 2-sided. (Also available in Spanish)

Preschool Head to Toe Banner $129.95
This banner groups healthy, kid-friendly nutritious food choices and significant nutrients by the parts of the body they benefit most, including brain, hair, eyes, teeth, bones, heart, muscles, skin, and digestive system. (Also available as handout and poster)

Move Bingo for Kids $39.95
This bingo features simple stretches and movements selected specifically for young children based on skill level. The instructor reads the movements on the clue cards, children will do the movements, and those with the activity on their game card cover the square.

LANA Learning About Nutrition through Activities Deluxe Kit $389.95
LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) Deluxe Kit is a 24 week preschool program (20 minute daily sessions). LANA is a research-based curriculum that encourages children to taste, eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. (Items also sold individually.)

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Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Maureen picks FACS favorites!

This week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Maureen told us:

Money Smart DVDFood Safety; It’s in Your Hands DVD $79.95
Discover the steps to keeping food safe from foodborne illness by joining a chef in the kitchen along with a microbiologist to learn what you need to know for clean and safe food storage and preparation.

Money Smart DVD $79.95
Make dollars and cents of your money now so you build financial security for your future starting today. Money Smart DVD features financial and business professionals sharing their knowledge and insight into all aspects of money to impart to viewers what they need to know about their finances.

5 Minute Activities: 21st Century Job Skills $29.95
5 Minute 21st Century Job Skills Activities can help you introduce a lesson or utilize extra minutes of class time with 50 quick and effective activities that incorporate essential 21st Century Job Skills in five minutes or less.

STEM Nutrition Poster Set $99.95
Challenge students with inquiry-based lessons that encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) critical thinking skills about a variety of nutrition topics. Problem-based learning lessons pose thought-provoking questions about sugar, the importance of eating breakfast, food labels, caffeine, portion size, and more.

Say Yes to FCS Poster $14.95
The FCS Careers Poster Set highlights the top 35 family and consumer sciences careers and career trends for 2020 that relate to FCS with word cloud-based design and photos depicting different professions.

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Staff Favorite Nutrition Education Products: Londa picks health school tops!

This week we asked staff what were some of their top pick products. Here’s what Londa told us:

1 Terrific Tray Dry Erase Menu Board $235.95
Promote 1 Terrific Tray™ every day for the best school day by displaying your daily lunch and breakfast menus on this colorful dry erase board! The 1 Terrific Tray™ Dry Erase Menu Board makes it easy to show daily menu items categorized by food group directly on a school lunch tray.

i tried it stickersI Tried It Stickers $6.95
Reward adventurous eaters with I Tried It Stickers! These colorful stickers are the perfect incentive or reward for tasting and trying a new food. The stickers also serve as a great conversation starter to share with others what was sampled.

Start Your Day With Breakfast Bulletin Board Kit $24.95
Discover the importance of eating breakfast every day with the information found on the Start Your Day with Breakfast Bulletin Board Kit. This colorful and engaging nutrition bulletin board kit explains the components of a healthy breakfast.

Healthy Eating From Head to Toe Kids Poster $14.95
The Healthy Eating from Head to Toe Poster shows nutritious food choices grouped together by the parts of the body they benefit most, including your brain, hair, skin, teeth, bones, heart, muscles, eyes, and digestive system.

Build a Balanced Breakfast Vinyl Banner with Dry Erase Board or poster $199.95
Encourage students to build a balanced breakfast with the Breakfast Vinyl Banner with Stand and Dry Erase Menu Board. This eye-catching banner paired with easy erase menu board is a great reminder for students to take foods from all food groups for a complete and healthy breakfast.

Veggie Subgroup Posters $39.95
Follow the MyPlate message to “make half your plate fruits and vegetables” with the Vegetable Subgroup Poster Set. Vegetables are organized into five subgroups, based on their nutrient content. This poster set features a variety of vegetable photographs grouped by subgroup.

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New 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Resources

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines PosterHere at Learning ZoneXpress, we’re known by many of our customers and followers as quick and current. When MyPlate was first announced in 2011, we worked overnight to develop updated materials. The release of new Dietary Guidelines is no different. We are excited to announce three new educational resources:

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Poster
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines 11″ x 17″ Poster Set
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Handouts

Why is it so important for us to have these brand new resources available so quickly? Simply put, so you can continue to do great work without skipping a beat. We are here to make your job easier by providing the most updated, engaging educational materials possible. The Dietary Guidelines are the government’s official advice on what to eat and are based on ever-evolving nutrition science. They’re revised every five years, so it’s important to have resources that reflect and support the latest dietary advice based on nutrition science.

A few highlights of these Dietary Guidelines according to LZX:

  • There’s an emphasis on a healthy eating pattern, instead of individual nutrients. Why is this so great? We eat food, not nutrients, so we like that these guidelines are taking a food-based approach and that over time, your diet is what really counts, not just a specific food or nutrient.
  • We like the focus on small changes that the guidelines are calling “shifts”. These shifts are simple substitutions to choose nutrient-dense foods and drinks in place of less healthy choices. It’s little tweaks like choosing water instead of a sugary soft drink, carrots and hummus instead of chips, whole grain bread instead of white, etc. that can make a big difference and are very approachable changes.
  • The guidelines for added sugars is a long overdue addition. The average American currently consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day and the new guidelines limit added sugars to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, which is cutting that 22 teaspoons nearly in half — to no more than 12 teaspoons a day on a 2000 calorie diet. This guidance is based on evidence that has linked high consumption of sugar to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, even among Americans who are not overweight or obese.

What is your take on these new Dietary Guidelines? Any additional resources you’re looking for to help present this information to your students and clients? We’d love to hear from you. Comment in the space below or on our LZX Facebook page, email or give us a call at 888.455.7003.

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