EPES commences Training Course of Health and Nutrition Promoters

EPES Cooking ClassThe  EPES Foundation recently began conducting the training course of community health promoters for the promotion and recovery of nutritional health, based in a rights- and social determinants of health-approach with an emphasis on gender issues.

The training course is aimed toward women from the municipality of El Bosque who will have the chance to share and reflect about the factors that determine our health.  Within the course, the EPES Nutrition Classwomen will be familiarized with and analyze the social factors and conditions that have an impact on overweight, obesity and malnutrition, as well as learning about the diverse proposals oriented to modify the obesogenic environment as a means to recover nutritional health of the population.

In addition, the women will learn and share the experience of cooking balanced meals that are enjoyable and low-cost for families and the community, as well as create strategies to promote nutrition and health at the local level. Among the contents of the course, the main topics include the development of the concepts of health, approaches based in rights and the social determinants of health, and gender issues.

Other topics include the conceptual framework of the determining factors of the food environment in Chile, the epidemiological transition, the commodification of food, the displacement of the traditional diet for ultra-processed foods, and the effects of these on our health, including the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The course also discusses the impacts of the TPP on the population´s health.

EPES Nutrition TrainingThe training course is directed by the Coordinator of the Nutrition Project at EPES, Susana Jiles, who emphasized that ¨in the area of promotion for the recovery of nutritional health, the incorporation of an approach based in the social determinants of health and rights with an emphasis in gender issues permits the realization that the daily act of eating and the nutritional status of individuals depend upon the social, economic, political and cultural conditions in which individuals and social groups live.¨

She also added that ¨in this context, it is the responsibility of the State to create conditions that allow individuals to have decent and healthy living by safeguarding the right to have a culturally- and nutritionally-appropriate diet.¨

The training course also aims to create a space to problematize the obesogenic environment beyond the individual by analyzing the corporations’ strategies that focus on generating high revenue with their ultra-processed products, including for example the publicity aimed at children.

In addition to the theoretical aspect, through Popular Education methodologies, the training workshop includes four sessions of preparing healthy recipes, and the course ends with the planning and implementation of a community-based activity in their own neighbor  hoods.


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Just Released: Nutrition Facts Label Resources!

New Nutrition Facts Label ResourcesIt’s a matter of new facts.

A lot has changed in Americans’ diets since the Nutrition Facts labels first appeared on food packages in 1993. Rates of obesity, heart disease, and cancer are high and portion sizes have become more and more generous. Nutrition science has made new discoveries and connections between food and health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new Nutrition Facts label design that is easier to read and is helpful for consumers to make healthier, informed food choices.

The FDA says:

Our goal is to help people make better informed food choices that support a healthy diet. The changes are based on updated science that reinforces the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

What’s Changed?

  • Larger and bolder type on serving sizes and amount of calories make it easy to read.
  • Now includes the amount of added sugars and a % daily value.
  • Added sugars should be limited to 10% of daily calories.
  • Vitamin D and potassium added to required nutrients listed.
  • Actual amounts of required nutrients now included.
  • New footnote better explains the percent Daily Value.

Serving Sizes Get a Reality Check

What’s considered a single serving has changed in the decades since the original nutrition label was created. Now serving sizes will be more realistic to reflect how much people typically eat. Package sizes affect how much people eat and drink. Now, for example, both 12 and 20 ounce bottles will be considered 1 serving, since people typically drink both sizes in one sitting.

If food labels are a part of the education you provide students or clients, Learning ZoneXpress has brand new resources that reflect these new changes.  These brand new resources highlight the different sections of the food label to help consumers determine if a food or beverage is a healthy choice, including a review of serving sizes and calories, nutrients to get more and less of, and an explanation of % Daily Value.




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5 Ways to Get Active This Summer

The warm weather has finally arrived and is here to stay! Are you ready to make this a more active summer but wondering where to start? Or perhaps you work with clients or students feeling this way? Learning ZoneXpress is here to offer a few tips on how to become more active this summer.

1. Set a goal for your summer – Creating a goal forSet SMART Healthy Behavior Goals Handouts yourself will motivate you to work towards an outcome. Remember to make it a SMART goal.





T-timely (Aim for the goal to be accomplished by the end of the summer).

An example goal could include “Go for a walk outside around the block Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 30 minutes each week with my neighbor.”

The Set SMART Healthy Behavior Goals Handouts are a great tool to help with this!

2. Try a new activity – Perhaps it’s been difficult to become more active because you haven’t found an activity you really enjoy yet. It’s important to enjoy being active so it becomes a hobby within your life, and we encourage you to try something new. (Spoiler- there will be a separate post on trying a new activity soon!)

3. Declutter – Cleaning, organizing or moving items around inside and outside your house can get you moving more. Have you been avoiding cleaning out that closet? What about re-organizing the garage? These are simple ways to get moving, and it can also be a great stress relief.

4. Volunteer – There are many volunteer organizations that allow you to make a difference by being outside, active and social simply through volunteerism. In your internet’s search engine, type “volunteer + your location preference” to see what local opportunities are available for you!

5. Have an active accountability partner – It’s always helpful having a partner to support you through new hobbies and reaching goals. Reach out to a loved-one, friend or co-worker that may want to join you in your active endeavors or help motivate you to be more active .

Hope these tips help you get active this summer! Share your goal with us on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

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National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Joyce

Today’s post is all about Learning ZoneXpress CEO, Joyce. Joyce is extremely active and great at encouraging and inspiring the team to get outside, try something new and have fun.  Here are some of her memories and thoughts on physical activity. Enjoy!

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What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why?

As a kid my favorite sport was softball, because it was the only sport available.  I was born in the 1950’s so title 9 had not yet occurred and there were no women’s sports yet in our school.  Softball at that time was a 4-H or community activity.

What is your favorite sport/activity as an adult and why?

My favorite sport as an adult is Cross Country skiing.  It is a favorite because of the beauty, the solitude and the fact that it is something that is very gentle for us old folks to do. But I have to say I also love hiking, biking and this summer running is beginning to be fun too.  Maybe I’m fickle. My favorite is whatever is in season.  I am training for Grandma’s marathon this summer, it will be my first marathon.

Tell us your favorite sports/physical activity memory.

My favorite memory is not something that I did but rather my high school daughter being able to compete in a cross country meet after a significant surgery.  She was not fast or a contender to place but just the fact that she could participate after her surgery was monumental.

What are your thoughts on the importance of physical activity and sports? 

I think physical activity improves the quality of life, challenges of exertion are rewarding, and being in the out of doors is gratifying.  Physical activities also bring with them the comradery of peers and belonging, contributing to greater quality of life.   Not to mention as I age, continuing to move and being able to be agile is helpful.

What an inspiration! Joyce’s positive attitude and energy can’t help but make you want to get up and get moving. We’re excited to cheer her on in June as she runs her first marathon!

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Summer Poster Sale – One Week Only!

Learning ZoneXpress Summer Sale Posters

Summer Sale: One Week Only
May 17-24, 2016
50 posters on sale for $8 each.
Buy 10 or more, price drops to $5 each*!


*while supplies last. Discount applies to sale posters only. Additional discount will be applied in shopping cart. Sale prices may not be applied to previous orders.

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