Grants Promote Native Tradition Programs for Youth

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Grants Promote Native Tradition Programs for Youth
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund
The First Nations Development Institute is a Native American-run nonprofit with a mission to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. The First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants of $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that focus on youth and incorporate Native culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, and other social issues. Funded projects should address one or more of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs; increasing youth’s capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of preserving tribal language, arts, history, etc. Online Phase One proposals must be submitted by March 12, 2015. Visit the First Nations’ website to review the funding guidelines.

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School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Nutrition standards for child care centers

lana-lanas-favorite-recipes-cookbookPew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Nutrition standards for child care centers.

Nutrition standards for child care centers. On Jan. 9, 2015, USDA proposed nutrition standards for meals provided through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which feeds more than 3 million children and adults each day in out-of-home care settings. The updated guidelines—which complement recently updated standards for school meals and snacks—are designed to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans1 and scientific recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. A 90-day public comment period will run until April when USDA will review stakeholder input and publish a final rule.

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Last Chance To Order in Time For Nutrition Month!

Do you have everything you need to celebrate National Nutrition Month?  Learning ZoneXpress has got you covered with our fantastic variety of nutrition resources!

Place your order by  Friday, February 20th to guarantee delivery by March 2nd.*  (*Applies to in-stock items only.)

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FREE roll of 200 Kids Active MyPlate Stickers when you use coupon code MNM15.  Expires 3/31/15. Not valid with any other offers. May not be applied to previous orders. One-time use only. Limit one free roll of stickers (#906521) per order.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress for additional March is Nutrition Month Resources!

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School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015: Local Wellness Policies

Smart Snack StationsPew Research recently  featured Five School Nutrition Topics to Watch in 2015, we wanted to highlight each over the next month. It’s great to see School Nutrition getting attention – but we know that everyone can use a help keeping an eye on the issues. Today’s topics is the Local Wellness Policies…

Local wellness policies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to issue a final rule on what needs to be included in local wellness policies. Established by and specific to an individual school district, these policies promote the health of students and address the growing problem of childhood obesity. Among other requirements, schools may only market foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks standards, which ensures consistent promotion of healthy items throughout the campus. The updated standards will increase accountability and give parents and communities more information about school districts’ progress in promoting wellness. Read the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project’s comments on the proposed rule.

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Promote the Importance of Drinking Water vs. Sugary Drinks!

Quench your thirst and hydrate your body with the “clear” beverage choice…water! Our new “Drink Water Handouts” will help promote and explain the importance of drinking water instead of sugary drinks. These educational handouts offer easy and practical tips for getting in the habit of healthy hydration with water. Water is a great way to satisfy thirst because it is calorie-free, inexpensive, and can be found nearly everywhere.

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Water benefits your body by:
• Moistening tissues
• Regulates body temperature
• Lubricates joints
• Helps flush out waste
• Carries nutrients to cells
• Protects organs

Remember to hydrate your body with water vs. sugary drinks…it’s clearly the right choice! Visit Learning ZoneXpress for additional nutrition education resources on beverages and snacking.

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