A Closer Look at… Educational Vending In anticipation of the Smart Snacks in School rule that will take effect in July, Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc., is ready to help students, staff and parents embrace the new changes. It has an innovative digital vending machine that offers a state-of-the-art approach to delivering nutrition education to consumers at the point of purchase. Features of the Fresh Healthy Vending Touch machine include a 3D interactive touch screen with Twitter feeds customized with healthy nutrition facts and figures; targeted advertising based on the demographic of the machine location; promotional videos on fitness and nutrition; and health-oriented, interactive games and other tailored applications. The company provides an extensive list of snacks that meet the new requirements and also offers easy-to-select “planogram” menu variations for easy ordering. . “We knew we needed to not only have the right products and planograms available for schools, but also go the extra step of educating students, teachers and parents,” says CEO Alex Kennedy. To learn more about Fresh Healthy Vending and its new Touch vending machine, visit www.freshvending.com or call (888) 902-7558. A Focus on Nutrition Education Justice for All The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, published by Effective Press and written by Dr. Keith Kantor, Peter Crouth, Dana Yarn and Karen Kantor, with illustrations by Sarah Adam, presents accessible lessons about healthy lifestyles and includes recipes, exercise suggestions and safety tips. The illustrated children’s book introduces positive characters such as Knute Trition, Ed Yucation and Blueberry Bill and is available in paperback and Kindle editions. Visit Amazon.com to purchase a copy for your classroom or school nutrition operation. All Aboard! Make school nutrition fun and interactive with tools available from Learning Zone Xpress™. The company is a USDA MyPlate National Strategic partner, offering a wide variety of eye-catching, educational MyPlate tools, including posters, handouts, magnets, stickers and bookmarks. Also available from the company are nutrition education games and resources, such as bulletin board kits and bingo sheets. Its product catalog is searchable by age group. For more information, visit www.learningzonexpress.com. Make a Play Are you in search of new resources to teach students and families about the importance of a healthy diet? Fuel Up to Play 60 offers a bevy of nutrition education tools ideal for different age levels and audiences. Click on the “Tools and Resources” tab on its website, and follow the links to Nutrition Education Resources to find research, lessons, games and at-home tools. Visit http://school.fueluptoplay 60.com. Play Time Engage elementary students in nutrition education by making a date with FoodPlay Productions, the Emmy Awardwinning nutrition media company that tours schools using the power of live theater and interactive resources to turn young kids on to healthy eating and active lifestyles. In addition to its live shows, which feature music, magic, juggling and audience participation, the company offers video/DVD kits, books, curricula and other educational materials to promote healthy habits in schools, homes and communities. To learn more, visit www.foodplay.com or call (800) 366-3752. It Takes Teamwork Give your school menus and promotional materials a burst of color with graphics available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition program. The graphics, part of the Dig In! and the Great Garden Detective Adventure curricula, help promote fruits and vegetables. Download these and other ready-to-use graphics for free at www.fns.usda.gov/tn/graphicslibrary. Step up to the Plate Making use of bright colors and loveable characters, the materials from POWer PLAY’te help you to teach kids how to create a balanced, portion-appropriate meal. Simple paper plates, which come in two sizes, illustrate how to divide the meal between fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and milk. Additional resources, including window clings, stickers, posters and flyers, help to support the message. A custom educational curriculum features morning announcements, lesson plans and a two-minute video. For more information on POWer PLAY’te, visit www.powerplayte.com or call (928) 276-3408. Steps to Live By The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives® program developed by the National Education Association Health Information Network, with support from Nestle USA, is designed for educators, afterschool programs, parents and caregivers to support their efforts in teaching children about health and nutrition. A new edition provides classroom materials for upper elementary school students (grades 3-6), in addition to a previous focus targeted to grades K-3. Classroom kits offer a comprehensive lesson planning guide with 10 instructional activities and visual aids. To learn more, visit www.nestleusa.com/healthy steps or call (800) 225-2270. Sounds Super SuperKids Nutrition ™ offers a wide array of easily accessible articles and handouts that can help you empower both students and their parents about making healthy lifestyle choices. Engage kids by introducing them to the SuperCrew, a group of superhero kids who gain powers from eating specific healthy foods. Other resources include nutrition book reviews, healthy eating tips from nutrition experts and online courses on sports nutrition, weight management, healthy school environments and more. Visit www.superkidsnutrition.com for details. Jump on It Make nutrition rock with Jump with Jill, a multimedia health program designed by a registered dietitian that comes in multiple forms. If you want to go big, book the Jump with Jill rock ‘n’ roll nutrition concert for your school. Featured segments include fueling your body with the best energy, getting going with breakfast and eating superpower vegetables. The program also offers audio CDs and an in-school curriculum called “Nutrition Rock Invasion.” For more information, visit www. jumpwithjill.com. The Nutrition Times Ripe ‘n Ready Times is an e-newsletter from Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service (PNCPS) that includes fun facts about pears, games and contests for kids, and more. For a free subscription, visit www.eatcannedpears.com/contact. Body Buddies It can be difficult to help young children make the connection between dietary choices and specific health benefits. But the engaging characters developed by The Organ-Wise Guys Inc., can help by bringing the body to life and showing children what it means to be smart “from the inside out.” In addition to plush tools, companion activity books, DVDs and kits, the company offers online educator tools, in-school assemblies and a website for kids. To learn more, visit www. organwiseguys.com or call (800) 786-1730. Egg-ucation Looking for the most up-to-date information on eggs? The fifth edition of the Eggcyclopedia, published by the American Egg Board, contains A to Z details about egg nutrition, debunking a few longstanding myths. The organization also offers lesson plans and activity pages to help students learn more about where eggs come from, as well as the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. The lessons can be integrated into math, science and social studies curricula. Visit www.aeb.org/foodservice or call (847) 296-7043 for details on these and other resources.
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