August is National Breastfeeding Month: Remember Nutrition

August is National Breastfeeding Month. According to Women’s Health,

Research suggests that breastfed babies have lower risks of:

  • Asthma

  • Childhood leukemia

  • Childhood obesity

  • Ear infections

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

  • Diarrhea and vomiting

  • Lower respiratory infections

  • Necrotizing (nek-roh-TEYE-zing) enterocolitis (en-TUR-oh-coh-lyt-iss), a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in pre-term infants

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

  • Type 2 diabetes

But that’s not all, breastfeeding also improves health of the mother, it lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Mothers can increase the health benefits by focusing on a healthy diet as they breastfeed. USDA MyPlate has created a recipe designed especially to help mother keep healthy and they make it easy because new mothers know, there’s plenty to do and keeping it simple helps.

breastfeedingLearning ZoneXpress has a wide range of nutrition education materials that promote healthy decision making – including a range of nutrition materials for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Such as…

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Handouts

Women have special nutritional needs during breastfeeding. 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. The plan shows amounts of food needed from each food group based on whether the mother is breastfeeding only or breastfeeding and giving formula. The backside of the handout addresses the importance of hydration and fluid requirements, weight loss while breastfeeding, food safety, and the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. 8 1/2″ x 11″, 50 sheets, 2-sided

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Item # 470198

UPC: 846742003943

Price: $9.95 


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LZX New Product: Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit Set

Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit SetLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit Set

Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit Set

Just how much sugar is hiding in your food and drinks? Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit Set features two bulletin board kits that offer an eye-opening review of surprisingly sugary foods and drinks. From macaroni and cheese and strawberry yogurt to fruit juices and soft drinks, Sugar Shockers show different food and drinks side by side with the equivalent amount of sugar cubes the portion shown contains. Additional bulletin board pieces address the different names sugar goes by, the difference between natural and added sugar, and the importance of drinking water. Each bulletin board kit includes two 5 1/2” x 17” title header pieces (becomes 5 1/2” x 34”) and a variety of informative cards included. All pieces laminated for durability. Each kit is sized to fit a 3’ x 4’ bulletin board (not included) and pieces from each kit are interchangeable in design. Can be easily adapted to fit any size bulletin board. Set of two includes Sugar Shockers™ Bulletin Board Kit (910151) and Sugar Shockers™ Foods Bulletin Board Kit (910189)

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Item # 910132

Price: $45.95

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LZX New Product: MyPlate for Expecting Moms Spanish Poster

MyPlate for Breastfeeding Moms Spanish PosterLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: MyPlate for Expecting Moms Spanish Poster

MyPlate for Expecting Moms Spanish Poster

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 Spanish Poster help pregnant women eat for a healthy baby. The plan shows different amounts of food for different trimesters to meet the changing nutritional needs of mothers. 18” x 24” Laminated Spanish Translation

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Item # 415452

UPC: 846742005381

Price: $14.95

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LZX New Product: Kitchen Math Poster Set

Kitchen Math Poster SetLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Kitchen Math Poster Set

Kitchen Math Poster Set

Math is the key to success cooking and baking. The Kitchen Math Poster Set highlights the basic math, measuring skills, common equivalents, and basic knowledge needed for preparing successful recipes. Posters include: • Metric measurements • Measuring liquid ingredients • Measuring solid ingredients • Measuring dry ingredients • Using measuring spoons • Units of measure   Set of six, 11” x 17”, Laminated

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Item # 410400

UPC: 846742005411

Price: $27.95

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LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Fruit and Veggie Fakes PosterLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster

Don’t be fooled by fake sources of fruits and veggies! The Fruit and Veggie Fakes Poster features seemingly health foods that are often mistaken for real fruits and vegetables like veggie sticks, fruit snacks, and juice drinks. The poster offers tips for spotting produce impostors like reading nutrition labels and ingredients lists, identifying sources of added sugar, and choosing healthy foods and beverages. 18” x 24” Laminated

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Item # 410240

UPC: 846742005312

Price: $14.95

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Thanks for sharing your FACS stories!!

Melanie Nelson, founder and CEO of Learning ZoneXpressI am writing to express my incredible gratitude for so many of you sharing your stories about Family and Consumer Sciences in your schools and/or organization. I plan to share these on our FACS-focused blog FACSalive over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out what your peers are doing. We continue to learn from each other, and together I believe we can bring awareness to the wonderful world of FCS.

If you have not yet shared your story and would like to, you can do so here! We’ve had a great response – but there’s always room for your story!!

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LZX New Product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers

Fruit and Veggie Bookmark RulersLearning ZoneXpress is pleased to announce our latest new product: Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers. Based on the USDA MyPlate icon nutritional strategy, the bookmarks promote the importance of making half your plate fruits and veggies . The rulers include both inches and centimeter measures and are printed on heavy card stock for durability. These bookmark rulers make great giveaways, incentives, or prizes!

“We have found that classroom incentives that promote a healthy message are a win-win for students. They are fun and reward good behavior. They also help reinforce health messages taught in the classroom and lunchroom. They help students internalize the healthy message,” explains Learning ZoneXpress founder Melanie Nelson.

Learning ZoneXpress also has Breakfast Bookmark Rulers that promote the value of eating breakfast to energizing your day. The Breakfast Bookmark Rulers are a handy incentive for classrooms, lunchroom and doctors’ offices.

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One week only – 25 DVDs for $25 Each

We have 25 great educational DVDs available for $25 each. Check them out…

The Scoop on Blended Families DVD

Winner of Telly Award Stop by our video ice cr…
Item # 3404-DVD
Regular Price: $49.95
On Sale For: $25.00
Kids and Family Foods Issues Video

Getting children to eat can be a constant battl…
Item # 300008
Regular Price: $99.00
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Snack Smarts DVD

“Snacks rule,” says Ricardo, an enthusiastic h…
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Help us spread the word: Family and Consumer Sciences is alive and well!

In recent press, there has been a lot of talk about the need for teaching our youth cooking and survival skills once again.  As a former FCS educator and founder of Learning ZoneXpress, my team and I stand behind the importance of teaching our youth Family and Consumer Sciences skills.  That’s why we continue to create new products every year to help meet the needs of our FCS educators.


We know that Family and Consumer Sciences, also referred to as “Home Ec”, still survives and even thrives in schools today.  It has not gone away completely. Many dedicated FCS teachers and extension agents continue to teach young men and women the tools they need to survive on their own. 


Learning ZoneXpress would love to hear how teaching FCS is still relevant in your school or organization today and what skills you are teaching your students.  We want to let people know that these programs still exist and continue to grow stronger as we recognize the importance of teaching these skills. Teaching our youth how to survive nutritionally, economically and financially are some of the most important skills they will ever learn in school.


We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

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Grants Promote Math Enhancement Programs

math-activities-in-nutrition-activity-bookFrom our friends at GrantStation

Grants Promote Math Enhancement Programs
The Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement
Advancing Student Achievement (ASA), an initiative of the Actuarial Foundation, supports math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics for grades 4-12 students in U.S. public and private schools. Programs eligible for support may include, but are not limited to, clubs, competitions, before and after school programs, classroom extension periods, etc. Funded programs must impact 20 to 25 students and meet a minimum of one time per month. ASA grants are for a two-year period and range up to $5,000 annually. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Actuarial Foundation’s website to learn more about the ASA grant program.


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