Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide

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Grants Address the Needs of Children Nationwide
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the United States. The Foundation supports organizations that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or through the dissemination of information already possessed by well-established organizations. Grant requests should have the potential of helping American children in a broad geographic area (more than one state). The application deadline is July 15, 2015. Grant application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website.


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Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

Recently, Educators from all over the US met to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. The USDA recently posted information on the meeting, including a brief look at links to some new resources.

Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change their current attitudes and behaviors when it comes to choosing nutritionally sound diets and improve their health and well-being. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers EFNEP and provides national program leadership.

“The 2015 EFNEP Conference brought together about 170 representatives from 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs) to coordinate, collaborate, and receive training that they can take back and implement in their respective university programs,” said Stephanie Blake, NIFA EFNEP program coordinator.

Conference agenda items included an update on changes to packaged food nutrition labels, youth participant evaluation forms, a new adult behavior checklist, and an Internet tool used for EFNEP evaluation and reporting called the Web-Based Nutrition Education Evaluation and Reporting System. EFNEP coordinators also shared ideas and resources through breakout session presentations and poster exhibits.

EFNEP has assisted more than 32 million families and youth since the program’s inception in 1969. Last year, EFNEP reached nearly 122,000 adults and 400,000 children directly and about 360,000 family members indirectly. Among the results listed in EFNEP’s 2014 Impacts Report, 94 percent of adult participants reported improved diets, 86 percent of youth participants reported an increased ability to choose healthy food, and 84 percent of adults reported being better able to manage food resources.

It’s amazing to see the impact that is made. We congratulate and celebrate the folks on the front lines.

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Research Show Students are Eating Better at School

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There’s good news from Pew Charitable Trust

More children are choosing and eating fruit with their lunches and kids are consuming more of their entrees and vegetables since the introduction of healthier school meals during the 2012-13 school year, a new study finds. The analysis, published March 4 in Childhood Obesity, is the first to reliably measure what students ate before and after the implementation of stronger national nutrition standards for school meal programs, and contradicts anecdotal reports about students rejecting healthier foods.

And the good news is reaching a lot of schools…

Nationwide more than 90 percent of schools are meeting the updated lunch standards; the Rudd Center’s findings add to growing evidence that children generally enjoy the healthier cafeteria fare. A national survey of school leaders found widespread student acceptance of healthier meals across all grade levels, and polling shows that parents support the current nutrition standards for school meals and snacks by a 3-1 ratio.

Learning ZoneXpress is here to help those students recognize the choices they are making to help them replicate them at home now and as they grow up!


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Check out MyPlate Video Contest – win $1000 for a 1-minute video

MYPLATE VIDEOWe love this idea! It’s a video contest for kids and families. The goal is to challenge kids to create videos showing their healthy habits by nutritious eating and physical activity.

To compete is easy!

  1. Record a 60-second video and upload it to YouTube
  2. Register it online at CheckOutMyPlate
  3. Upload your video by copying and pasting the YouTube URL

Three first place winners, one from each Age Group, will each receive $1,000. Three second place winners, one from each Age Group, will each receive $300. Three third place winners, one from each Age Group, will receive a year’s subscription to an educational magazine (ChopChop Magazine) retail value 14.95.

Good luck!

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National Public Health Week Celebrates 20 Years!

PublicHealthWeek2015During the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrates National Public Health Week and this year marks the 20th anniversary. The APHA takes this time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlights important issues that will improve the health of the nation.

The accomplishments of public health over the last 20 years are substantial. Public health is credited with adding 25 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States in this century. Some of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th Century according to the CDC include:

Healthier Mothers & Babies – Infant and maternal mortality rates have decreased in the U.S. Environmental interventions, improvements in nutrition, advances in clinical medicine, improvements in access to health care, improvements in surveillance and monitoring of disease, increases in education levels, and improvements in standards of living contributed to this remarkable decline.

Immunizations – Today, U.S. vaccination coverage is at record high levels! National efforts to promote vaccine use among all children has helped eradicate Smallpox and dramatically decrease the number of cases of Polio, Measles, Hib and other diseases in the U.S.

Motor Vehicle Safety – We’ve seen a huge reduction in the rate of death attributable to motor vehicle crashes in the United States, which represents the successful public health response to a great technologic advancement (the motorization of America). The response has spanned government, public health and driver and passenger behavior.

Family Planning – Increased contraception use, public health education and other factors mean that, today, Americans face fewer unintended pregnancies and are far more likely to achieve desired birth spacing and family size.

Tobacco as a Health Hazard – During 1964-1992, approximately 1.6 million deaths caused by smoking were prevented thanks to substantial public health efforts.

Decline in Deaths from Heart Attack & Stroke – Still the country’s top killers, the public health community has helped achieve remarkable declines in deaths from both diseases: since 1950, deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined 60 percent, and stroke rates have declined 70 percent.

To help the education efforts of public health, Learning ZoneXpress has developed a wide range of nutrition resources that are appropriate in both WIC and public health settings. These teaching tools are designed to help educate individuals and families on the importance of healthy choices.

So let’s celebrate these public health accomplishments during National Public Health Week and remember to help raise awareness about public health and the importance of making healthy choices all year long.

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