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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Video Librarian reviews Social Media Manners

social media mannersWe are thrilled with Video Librarian’s latest review of one of our new video releases…

Social Media Manners  ***1/2

(2015) 20 min. DVD: $79.95 (downloadable teacher’s guide available). Learning ZoneXpress. PPR. Closed captioned.

The idea that those “born digital” are quickly adept at learning new technology receives a partial reality check here. While many young people swiftly acquire the technical skills needed to scroll through thousands of configuration options, multitask, and multi-text on their mobile devices, a significant number still need help in the pre-technological area of manners. The proliferation of popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has made it very easy for anyone of any age to unwittingly commit missteps that at best create awkward situations and at worst may ruin some aspects of their lives. Using live actors and real-life situations, this guidance production is organized around four principles related to online behavior: (1) “People come before technology,” (2) “Don’t interfere with others’ experiences or rights,” (3) “If you don’t want the world to see it, don’t put it out there,” and (4) “What happens online stays online. Forever.” Some of the advice here may seem familiar and obvious (posting embarrassing party pics may hinder future job opportunities); but other suggestions are both straightforward and thoughtful, such as thinking about others before posting (e.g., is this something that people might value or learn from, or is it just another food pic?). Although targeted at younger viewers, this primer on online manners contains valuable advice for all social media users. Highly recommended. Aud: J, H, C, P. (C. Block)

(January/February 2016 Volume 31, Issue 1)

Sneak a free peek…

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Join Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides on Movies for Teens

power of familyLove & the Movies! Dibble’s Free Movie Discussion Guides

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

To celebrate, we have a FREE gift for you! In-depth movie discussion guides that will help you have rich discussions with your young people about relationships using current and classic movies. Think Frozen, Cheaper by the Dozen, Antwone Fisher and more.

Movies can help students see the complexities and joys of a wide variety of relationships, including friendships and family, infatuations and first romances, enduring commitments and marriage. Discussing movies helps young people connect ideas in film to choices in real life.

In this webinar, you will see how the Dibble movie guides can unpack important concepts, how youth learn what “healthy” looks like, and why family formation matters.

Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute
Aaron Larson, Acquisition and Product Coordinator, The Dibble Institute

Who should attend: All who work with teens and young adults!!

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: Free!

Register NOW! by clicking on this link.

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Support for U.S. Cities to Address Barriers to Better Health

From our friends at GrantStation

get growing 2Support for U.S. Cities to Address Barriers to Better Health
Invest Health
Invest Health, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Reinvestment Fund, seeks to fundamentally change the way cities improve opportunities for their citizens to live healthy lives. Through the initiative, teams of leaders from up to 50 mid-sized cities will be selected to participate in an 18-month effort designed to accelerate municipal capacity to take action to address the multiple determinants of health in low-income communities. These changes can focus on increasing access to quality jobs, affordable housing, nutritious food, and reducing crime rates and environmental hazards. Teams from all mid-sized cities (populations between 50,000 and 400,000) across the United States or its territories are invited to apply. Up to 50 cities will be selected to receive a grant award of up to $60,000 toward participation in the initiative. To apply, teams from each participant city must include five cross-sector leaders representing, at a minimum, the public sector, community development/finance, and an academic or health-related anchor institution. Letters of intent are due January 29, 2016. Visit the Invest Health website to download the Call for Proposals.

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