Women from Peñalolen Graduate from Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health Workshop

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Women from Peñalolen Graduate from Nutrition and Social Determinants of Health Workshop

EPES 1Santiago, Chile, October 23, 2014 (EPES). – Luz Osorio, 45, is cooking a spinach and walnut frittata. Her daughter Scarlett Jara, 22, hands her the ingredients. They are a motivated team. This is the last recipe they will prepare in the nutrition and the social determinates of health workshop that EPES is giving in their neighborhood of Peñalolen.

Diet and health do not depend on individual choices alone. They are affected by access to food, financial resources, education, health care, as well as age, gender, social class, neighborhood and other factors that the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies as the social determinants of health.

“Because of my work schedule, I had not been able to participate in a community activity for years. This workshop has allowed me to meet and share with women who are my neighbors” shared Luz.

Scarlet, says “This recipe has eggs, milk, spinach, onions and walnuts. I would have never thought of it”. She also highlights that she is learning to cook with fewer ingredients – the same ones she usually purchases -but now in healthier ways. She also adds “I have not tried this recipe yet, but I know it will be delicious”

EPES 2Daniela Lizama, 15, is studying to be a preschool teacher and wants to encourage her future students to eat healthy. “In low income neighborhoods, people eat too much junk food. Rather than spending time cooking at home, people buy completos (a Chilean hotdog which is sold in food carts and restaurants all over the city). Kids are the most affected, they eat unhealthy foods and suffer from obesity from a very young age”.

Myrian Barria, 59, shares “Because I have diabetes I have to eat without salt and sugar. Now I know how to prepare foods and portion control. I feel like it will improve my quality of life and my families too”.

Carmen Naveas, 62, points out “I became more aware of the importance of eating healthy. With only a few ingredients we can make food that is delicious and nutritious. For example, how to prepare zucchini and spinach in new ways, or how to mix differently the same produce that we buy at the food market at a low price”.

Nancy Solar, 40-year old woman says “I was confused and had little information. Now I have been able to change my eating habits and I have more energy. At first I thought I was just going to be told to lose weight by eating healthier, but it has been a much deeper learning process and awareness. I value being able to share with other women and being able to apply what we have learned”

All the participants agreed that the workshop was more than just learning new recipes and nutritional facts.

Celia Higueras, Health Educator at EPES, carefully observes as the women cook and apply the knowledge they have learned. These hands on workshops have been in four Santiago neighborhoods and in the city of Conception where EPES also has a center.

Celia distributes the graduation certificates and then everyone sits down to eat the meals they have cooked together in class. Participants hope that there will be another workshop soon and more women join.

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Youth Conservation Employment Programs Funded

From our friends as GrantStation

Youth Conservation Employment Programs Funded
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in cooperation with its federal partners, has announced an initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing  support for conservation employment programs. This initiative, Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, will provide approximately $1.75 million to support organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth on public lands. These job opportunities, in turn, expose young people, particularly urban, tribal, and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation. Project work funded through this program is restricted to habitat and species restoration projects that directly benefit the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and/or U.S. Forest Service facilities, lands, programs, or missions. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, educational institutions, and Indian tribes. The application deadline is December 16, 2014. Visit the NFWF website to review the funding guidelines.

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Learning ZoneXpress facilitates training of LANA Learning About Nutrition through Activities Program in Wayzata MN

LANA_downloadable_iconOctober 15, 2014 – Owatonna, MN – On Monday, October 6, Maureen Lyons of Learning ZoneXpress facilitated a training program for 23 early childhood educators of the Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Caring For Kids Initiative. Caring For Kids works to improve health and wellness through hands-on food activities in 12 early childhood facilities, impacting more than 500 early childhood students in the Wayzata, MN area.

This training course introduced the LANA Learning About Nutrition through Activities Program, a research-based curriculum created by the MN Department of Health designed to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables and incorporate nutrition concepts in math, science, and literacy activities.

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners received a grant through the Park Nicollet Foundation to launch LANA and help educate young children about nutrition and healthy choices. Learning ZoneXpress was proud to partner with both organizations and donate training services to facilitate successful implementation of this early childhood program. “These teachers are enthusiastic about sharing creative, easy, and innovative healthy foods and lessons for their students and families,” said Lyons.

About Learning ZoneXpress

Learning ZoneXpress, based in Owatonna, MN, is a leading source of award-winning nutrition education tools. The company mission is to help improve health through relevant, creative and affordable resources about healthy behaviors and nutrition. Learning ZoneXpress offers a wide variety of educational products including posters, handouts, videos, and lesson plans. For more information about Learning ZoneXpress or the LANA program call 888.455.7003.

About Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in 8 west suburban Hennepin communities. IOCP provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, child care, transportation, and access to resources and healthy community connections. Learning and service opportunities engage individuals, businesses, schools, faith communities, civic groups, health systems, and foundations. Together, IOCP and its partners create opportunities for all to thrive.

About Park Nicollet Foundation

At Park Nicollet Foundation, we are partnering to build healthy lives. We use philanthropy to enhance the patient and family experience, promote innovation and research, and respond to the health care needs of our community. We distributed nearly $2.6 million in 2013 to support these goals.

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New Healthy Holidays Cards from LZX

Learning ZoneXpress is excited to announce our new Healthy Holidays Cards. Available for a limited time only, these fun cards can be purchased in sets of 6 cards for just $9.95. Quantity discounts are also available.

From all of us here at Learning ZoneXpress, have a happy and healthy holiday season! 

healthy holiday cards


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Product highlight: Fathering: What It Means To Be a Dad DVD

Fathering What It Means To Be a Dad DVD

What It Means to Be a Dad DVD

Being a father is a lifetime commitment that requires a lot of love, time, and energy. An interview with fathering expert Steve Onell is paired with interviews of young fathers to explain the impact and importance of a father in a child’s life. Divided into four chapters, Fathering: What It Means To Be a Dad offers sound advice to new dads.


Dads Matter…explains the importance of fathers in children’s lives and introduces three areas of research and expert advice, discussed in the proceeding chapters.


  • Be There: Show Up and Be Involved tells fathers to stay involved in all ages and stages of a child’s life.
  • Be Consistent: Provide Structure and Discipline explains why fathers are needed to be a part of a child’s routine as a way to teach and guide.
  • Be A Role Model: Demonstrate Healthy Behavior discusses how a father acts influences the personality of the child.

Teaching materials included. Appropriate for Grades 9 – Adult. Closed Captioned. 20 minutes


ISBN# DVD 1-57175-843-7

© 2009 Learning ZoneXpress

Item # 3509-DVD

ISBN: 1-57175-843-7

Price: $79.95

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EPES Concepcion leads workshops on nutrition, health, human rights and gender

We are very passionate about our support for EPES, so we wanted to send the update from some of their recent training. We have done our best to translate from the original Spanish.

EPES Conception teaches workshops on health and nutrition and social service approaches to human rights

foto-1Concepción, Chile, October 28, 2014 (EPES) .- Since June, EPES Conception Foundation has been doing workshops on nutrition and health for women involved in community organizations, including educators and primary care workers health in Hualpén communes, Talcahuano, Penco and Tomé.

The goal of EPES training is for participants to gain new insights into the economic, political, social and cultural aspects of health and nutrition both on the individual and community perspective. The workshops are taught by Virginia Norambuena, educator Foundation EPES Conception.

Upon completing the workshops, the trainees are expected to deploy awareness campaigns targeted at their local community and strive to have an impact on public policies especially as they related to nutrition and community emphasizing human rights and gender.

Women participants belong to community organizations, including neighborhood councils, committees Vida Chile, Cultural Centers, Health Groups, Groups Adult / Senior ace, Health Clinics, Women’s Groups, Community and Ecological Association, Local Development Councils, Health Committees, among others.

Included in the group of educators are participants working in different educational communities, so their contribution to community awareness, developing classroom and families work in health promotion and prevention from a holistic view is important.

The third and final workshop will be held in early November, it is aimed at workers already established in the primary health care field. Virginia Norambuena said that the workshops correspond to current consequences of unhealthy food, social aspects of diet, nutrition transition and the classes propose practical tools for healthy eating that supports the health of communities.

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Most School-Age Children Get Too Much Sodium: Help is here

The Pew Charitable Trust reports bad news for kids and sodium in-take…

More than 90 percent of school-age children in the United States consume more sodium each day than current dietary guidelines recommend, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC finds that U.S. children ages 6 to 18 consume an average of about 3,300 milligrams of sodium a day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children’s daily intake of sodium be less than 2,300 milligrams. Consuming too much sodium increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease—costly medical conditions that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Schools can help students avoid excess sodium by serving meals and snacks low in salt, CDC experts conclude. Their study found that children consumed 43 percent of their sodium from just 10 common foods, including pizza, chicken nuggets, cold cuts, and other items traditionally found on school menus.

Learning ZoneXpress has a series of products that helps schools, parents and kids recognize the problem with a diet rich in sodium…

myplate-tune-out-sodium-posterMyPlate Tune Out Sodium Poster

Tune out the sodium in foods and choose the lower numbers. The MyPlate Tune Out Sodium Poster uses a music theme to promote the MyPlate message to compare sodium levels in foods and choose the ones with the lower numbers. MyPlate is the new USDA food symbol replacing the food guide pyramid.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

Also available in the MyPlate Sound Advice Poster Set

Item # 410145
UPC: 846742003080
Price: $14.95 

shake-the-salt-habit-tri-fold-brochuresShake the Salt Habit Tri-Fold Brochures

Discover ways to reduce your intake of sodium without sacrificing flavor with tips from the Shake the Salt Habit Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational nutrition brochure helps promote nutrition and health through basic information and practical advice that helps explain how to reduce your daily sodium intake and be aware of high sodium foods.

The educational salt pamphlet explains the sources of sodium in our diets, common high sodium foods, how to read food labels, and tips to reduce sodium intake.

A Healthy Habit™ are a series of tri-fold brochures that are easy-to-read nutrition education resources for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace. Other topics covered include MyPlate on a Budget, Handy Portions, Breakfast Basics, and more.

50 copies
8 1/2” x 11”, tri-fold

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Item # 210208
UPC: 846742003684
Price: $16.95 
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Houston Food Bank uses LZX Healthy Eating Head to Toe Poster

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Healthy Eating Head to ToeI work at the Houston Food Bank and have used one of your posters—Healthy Eating Head to Toe—with a series of nutrition classes I am teaching at three Houston schools in conjunction with Urban Harvest.  All of the schools have gardens as part of an Urban Harvest program and the nutrition classes focus on connecting nutrition and the garden.  For the first lesson we focused on sweet potatoes and discussed six nutrients in sweet potatoes.  We traced an outline of one student and labeled the nutrients and drew in parts of the body affected by them.  Then we compared it to your poster to get a bigger picture of how food works inside of us.  I took the attached photos on Wednesday at Burnet Elementary, a Title I school in the Houston Independent School District.


I have a number of materials from Learning ZoneXpress and find them very helpful and love the graphics and photos!



Stephanie B, MS, RD, LD

Nutrition Education Coordinator

Houston Food Bank

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November is National Diabetes Month: Get Prepared

November is National Diabetes Month, a month to raise awareness of a chronic disease that affects approximately 30 million people in the United States. Learning ZoneXpress offers a number of resources related to diabetes aimed to help educate both those affected by the disease as well as those working to prevent it. 

sugar shockersSugar Shockers™ Retractable Banner

Promote drinking water instead of sugary drinks with the Sugar Shockers™ Retractable Banner. Eye-opening visuals of a variety of popular beverages including milk, juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, and soda are displayed side by side with the equivalent number of sugar cubes. This banner rolls up and down in seconds and is perfect for health fairs, cafeterias, clinics, and schools.

Full color graphics printed on durable vinyl
31.5″ x 82″
Rolls up and down in seconds into a lightweight aluminum base
Includes black carrying bag and foldable rod
Customized options available.

Item # 490151
UPC: 846742003462
Price: $245.00 

Ddiabetes posteriabetes MyPlate Poster

Choose healthy foods with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Poster. This poster features an adaptation of the USDA food guide pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided in a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes. The Diabetes MyPlate poster addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, as well as the importance of daily physical activity and reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet.

18″ x 24″ Laminated

Item # 411010
UPC: 846742003837
Price: $14.95 

diabetes trifoldDiabetes MyPlate Tri-Fold Brochures

Promote good food choices with diabetes in mind with the Diabetes MyPlate Tri-Fold Brochure. This educational nutrition brochure features an adaptation of the USDA food guide pyramid replacement, MyPlate, to show foods divided into a diabetes-friendly guide. Foods are categorized by adapted food groups, including: fruits, non-starchy vegetables, protein, dairy, and starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes.

The diabetes brochure identifies and addresses the significance of carbohydrates in a diabetic diet, the importance of daily physical activity, and encourages reducing the amount of solid fats, added sugars, and salt in your diet.

A Healthy Habit™ is a series of easy-to-read nutrition education brochures for the doctor’s office, healthcare clinic, classroom, or workplace.

50 copies, 8 1/2″ x 11″, tri-fold

Item # 210211
UPC: 846742003714
Price: $16.95 
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Farm to School celebrates in our hometown of Owatonna

farm to schoolWe love to see good things happening in our own community of Owatonna, MN. Owatonna’s People Press reported on a fun lunch at the local junior high school…

The Owatonna school district was recently a recipient of the $50,000 AGRI grant and another $50,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield, who partnered with MDA as a way to reduce childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating. With the money, OJHS was able to purchase new cooler and freezer units to be used as the central storage unit in the district.

What more fitting way to celebrate than with a serving of tater tot hotdish? But this traditional Minnesota meal is with a twist — ground turkey from Ferndale instead of beef.

OJHS seventh-grader Jenna Gasner said she can taste the difference, but it’s still good. So good, in fact, that she turned down the pizza line to get a helping of hotdish.

Director of food services for the school district Rachel Valesano invited the politicians and farmers on a tour with kitchen manager Lou Dietz-Stoltz.

“It’s fun. I was so excited I didn’t sleep last night,” said Dietz-Stoltz. “It’s great to be able to express what we do. Food service workers are very passionate — you got to love kids and you got to love food.”

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