12 Free MyPlate Lessons

MyPlate Bulletin Board KitLooking for an introductory MyPlate lesson? If so, you’ll love this free downloadable resource from Learning ZoneXpress. This is a great resource for nutrition educators and health professionals to encourage “eating for the health of it.”   It includes 12 short lessons covering the following MyPlate messages:

  • Message One: ChooseMyPlate.gov – Let’s eat for the health of it
  • Message Two: Eat the right amount of calories for you
  • Message Three: Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Message Four: Avoid oversized portions
  • Message Five: Foods to eat more often/Foods to eat less often
  • Message Six: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Message Seven: Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • Message Eight: Make half your grains whole grains
  • Message Nine: Choose a variety of protein foods
  • Message Ten: Compare sodium in foods
  • Message Eleven: Drink water instead of sugary drinks
  • Message Twelve: Be physically active your way

This free 8-page lesson was designed by Learning ZoneXpress alongside the MyPlate Bulletin Board Kit. It’s a great introductory lesson to the MyPlate food icon that replaced the food pyramid in 2011.

Download this free MyPlate lesson here!

If you are interested in purchasing the MyPlate Bulletin Board Kit with this lesson, you may do so at www.learningzonexpress.com.

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Re-Think Your Drink PowerPoint – Free Download

Re-think Your Drink PowerPoint PresentationInvite employees or students to a 30 min. informative and fun Lunch and Learn presentation to enhance your worksite or school wellness program.

Do the beverages you drink add a considerable amount of calories and fat to your diet? In this presentation, viewers will learn what beverages will keep them the most hydrated, healthy, and energetic. Also provides tips for choosing the best beverages.


  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Presenter notes
  • Short quiz

Requires Microsoft PowerPoint software. Presentation can be easily altered to include a company logo or additional slides.

Click here to download this PowerPoint Presentation.


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Fruits and Veggies Rule! Free Measuring Activity for Kids

Learning ZoneXpress (LZX) recently introduced  Fruit and Vegetable Bookmark Rulers! To accompany these new educational resources, LZX designed two fun measuring worksheets. (Don’t have the rulers? Don’t worry. You can purchase them from LZX or complete the activity with a standard ruler from home.)

There is one worksheet for fruits and one for veggies. Answer keys are also included. To download this great free resource, click on the bookmark image below.
Fruit and Veggie Bookmark Rulers Back

Interested in using these bookmark rulers in your classroom or school? They make great giveaways and incentives!

Learn more at www.learningzonexpress.com

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Celebrate School Nutrition Employee Week & Teacher Appreciation Week w/ FREE certificates

The week of May 4-8, 2015 is a week of great celebration. It’s School Nutrition Employee Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. To help you celebrate, Learning ZoneXpress is offering four downloadable certificates of appreciation and recognition. These certificates are easy to print and award to deserving individuals in your school and community.

For School Nutrition Employee Week, recognize directors, managers, staff, parents – anyone that is a champion for school nutrition. Let this week serve as a reminder for all the work they do in our schools by showing them a little love.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, award educators that have a positive influence in your life, your child’s life, or your school. Let’s express our gratitude for those individuals teaching tomorrow’s leaders.

Bookmark this page and use these fun and free certificates all year long!
School Nutrition Employee Week CertificateCertofAppreciationCertofAppreciation2CertofRecognition   


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Free 54321+10® Fruits & Vegetables Activity

Free Fruits and Vegetables Activity from Learning ZoneXpressLooking for activities to help celebrate National Nutrition Month? Learning ZoneXpress has you covered!

We’re offering a free downloadable sample activity from the 54321+10 Fruits & Veggies Activity BooksDownload here!

Happy National Nutrition Month from Learning ZoneXpress to you!

This is a sample activity from the 54321+10 Fruits and Vegetables Activity Book – part of the Live 54321+10® for Kids program, an easy to remember countdown that promotes six things kids can do daily to help promote good health.

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Complimentary Activity for National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week is March 2-6, 2015.

We know many of our readers and customers spend this week celebrating the importance of breakfast. According to the School Nutrition Association Website, National School Breakfast Week is “a weeklong celebration of the school breakfast program. Members celebrate with decorations, events, special menu items, etc.” Learning ZoneXpress loves any opportunity to promote healthy habits in children!

To help you celebrate with your kids, we are offering a free sample activity from our Breakfast is Best Activity Book! This is one of the 8 pages in the activity book – yours free!

This educational activity can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

Free Breakfast Week Activity from Learning ZoneXpress

Well suited for a classroom, cafeteria, or home setting. To view more resources from Learning ZoneXpress, visit www.learningzonexpress.com.

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Free Stickers for National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month Free Stickers

National Nutrition Month in March is our favorite time of year. Learning ZoneXpress spends months planning and creating solutions for nutrition professionals like you. Here are this year’s special offers!

March is Nutrition Month

Limited Availability!
March is Nutrition Month
Bulletin Board Kit

Regular Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $14.95


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.


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Healthy Holiday Tips from Learning ZoneXpress!


On behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, Happy Holidays! The following are fun health tips we put together for you to share with students, clients, friends, and family.

Prefer to print and share? No problem, click here!Healthy Holiday Tips from Learning ZoneXpress

Healthy Eating for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind.

Focus on fun, not food.

Keep your focus on fun family activities and events like holiday decorating or caroling rather than food.

Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings.

The party host will be grateful for the help and guests will appreciate a healthier menu option.

Make fruits and vegetables the star.

Make fruits and vegetables the center of attention at holiday meals and fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Choose indulgences wisely.

When you choose to indulge, choose foods that are unique and special to the season. Don’t waste calories on store-bought cookies or foods you can have any time of year.

Choose small portions.

Start with a small serving. You can have more later if you are still hungry.

Avoid sugary drinks.

Choose water and unsweetened drinks like tea instead of sugary drinks such as eggnog or cider. Sugary drinks are full of unnecessary extra calories.

Simple swaps.

You can reduce extra calories without sacrificing taste by swapping ingredients in your favorite family recipes.

  • Substitute applesauce, mashed bananas, or canned pumpkin for oil, margarine, or butter in muffins or quick breads.
  • Try low-fat yogurt in place of sour cream and low-fat cream cheese in place of regular cream cheese.
  • Use whole-wheat flour as a substitute for white flour when baking.
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt and sugar.
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Decorate Your Plate Activity

Combine nutrition and art with this fun downloadable activity from Learning ZoneXpress. It can be used as a handout or a place mat making for an excellent classroom activity or lesson at meal time.

Color the plates and utensils and add your favorite (nutritious) foods!

Draw MyPlate Activity

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Green Pineapple Smoothie for Pineapple Month

August is National Pineapple Month, so we thought we’d share fun and healthy pineapple recipe.

This Green Pineapple Smoothie is one of my favorites. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Pepe Pineapple Garden Hero Plush Character from Learning ZoneXpress Spencer Spinach Garden Hero Plush Character

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Free Activity – Draw what you just ate!

Here’s a fun activity to do after a meal. Have them draw what they just ate. To make it more advanced, you can ask them to divide their plate the MyPlate way and fill in each food group. This is a great educational activity both for classrooms, day care centers, and at home!

Download this free activity here.

Free Activity - Draw what you just ate

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Free activity – How many different types of fruit can you fit into the bowl?

How many different types of fruit can you fit into the bowl? This is a fun art activity that works excellent in both a classroom or home setting. Kids love to color and draw. Why not incorporate a little nutrition lesson into the mix? To download this free fruit activity, simply click on the image below. Print out the image and see how many types of fruit your kids or students can fit in the bowl? When you’re finished, share them on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

fruits in a bowl learning zonexpress activity

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Fruit & Veggie Fortune Teller Activity

Looking for a fun activity for your kids or students? Try our new Fruit & Veggie Fortune Teller! Complete with 8 quiz questions about different fruits and veggies, this downloadable activity is a great way to get children thinking about healthy food choices. We have also included a template for a blank fortune teller in case you’d like to have the kids create their own. Either way, this is a great interactive game for people of all ages.

Fruit & Veggie Quiz Fortune Teller

Blank – Make Your Own Fortune Teller

Fruit and Veggie Fortune Teller Activity

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What’s the Buzz about Food Labels? – Free Activity

Have you heard of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label? Learning ZoneXpress is following these changes closely, and we thought it’d be helpful to offer a free resource to help educate about the suggested revisions and updates. It’s a great opportunity to get your students thinking and talking about food labels.

This three-page, downloadable activity includes a summary of the proposed changes, four inquiry questions, and a teacher’s key with sample responses.

Click on the image below to download now.

Free Nutrition Labels Activity
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Nutrition & Art – Turn these shapes into healthy foods!

Looking for a fun activity for National Nutrition Month? This is a great way to combine art with a lesson about healthy food choices. What can your children or students create using these shapes?  Challenge their imagination. This activity can be expanded for older age groups asking them to provide health benefits of their choices in addition to the drawing.

Download this fun Nutrition & Art activity here.

Nutrition Art Project

Don’t forget if you place an order online at learningzonexpress.com, you can receive a FREE roll of stickers!

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