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NCES meets your September 30th fiscal deadlines for nutrition budgets

NCES Health and Nutrition EducationFor almost 30 years, NCES has been proud to create and provide the latest nutrition education teaching tools, including food models, portion plates and much more. As we create and select the products that we’ll carry online at NCEScatalog.com, we know that you have a job to do as well. For many of you, especially in government organizations, that means meeting your fiscal year-end deadlines. One of which is coming up in a couple of short weeks on September 30th.

As many of you know from previous experience, we strive to meet every deadline! We carry most every product in stock and ship within 24 hours of receiving your order. For fiscal deadlines, we can bill prior to shipment, if necessary, to ensure that your deadlines are met and you are able to use all of your nutrition budget on the food models, portion plates and other teaching tools that will bring a nutritious message to your audience.

Among the many things we do, we pride ourselves on the customer service experience that every NCES customer receives. If you haven’t had a chance to experience that yet, we would love for today to be your day! Because we know that every situation is different, we offer many ways to place your NCES order.

Online at www.NCEScatalog.com:

  • Pay with a credit card: Browse the NCES website and add all your favorite items to your cart. At the end of the process, press Checkout and complete payment using the credit card of your choice.
  • Pay with Purchase Order: Don’t worry! If you like shopping online but need to use a Company PO, we’ve got you covered. Just select Purchase Order during checkout and enter your company PO number. **1st time customers will receive a follow-up Credit Application to be completed and returned. This will be kept on file for all future orders.

Fax to 800.251.9349:

For many companies, sending a fax directly from the Purchasing Department is the easiest option. If that’s you, simply send in your Company PO. Or, download our Order Form and fax it in. You can also choose to pay with a credit card on the order form.

Email to info@ncescatalog.com:

Works just the same as fax. Instead, just email your order to info@ncescatalog.com

Give us a call at 877.623.7266:

If you’re just missing your favorite NCES Customer Service Representative, give us a call and we’ll gladly take your order over the phone. For company PO’s, we’ll still need a copy of your PO faxed or emailed. But, we can get your information, submit your order and give you an estimated ship date via phone.

The bottom line… we know you’ve got a budget to spend and we make it easy to get exactly what you’ve been looking for in your nutrition education program. Use any of the methods listed above to place your order. Or, give us a call with any questions. Our customer service team is standing by ready to answer all of your questions. Plus, did you know that you can CHAT with us? That’s right! Get your questions answered without picking up the phone using our online Chat feature. Just visit our homepage and click “Chat With Us” in the bottom right corner. We can’t wait to talk to you soon! Now, head on over to NCEScatalog.com and have fun!

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Top 20 Nutrition Quotes of All Time

We all need a little motivation! And, sometimes there’s nothing better than to lean on the quotes from others who have been down the road we’re traveling. Some are funny and some are serious. But, either way, they can help us reach our goals, impart wisdom, maintain focus or just simply entertain. When it comes to health, fitness and nutrition, it seems like we’re always looking for a simple fix. So, we picked our 20 favorite quotes that encourage a healthy lifestyle. If you’re a dietitian, share these with your clients. If you’re not, simply share them with your friends and family. Either way, we hope that you’ll put them to good use to encourage yourself and those around you to live a healthy, well-balanced life!

  1. “Just imagine, how much easier our lives would be if we were born with a ‘user guide or owner’s manual’ which could tell us what to eat and how to live healthy.” ~ Erika M. Szabo
  2. “My Body Wants to Crave Healthy. I Just Need to Give it the Opportunity.” ~ Pooja Mottl
  3. “We have far more control over our health and the condition of our bodies than we ever thought possible.” ~ Mike Rabe
  4. “What if there were health food stores on every corner in the hood, instead of liquor stores!?” ~ SupaNova Slom
  5. “Food, like your money, should be working for you!” ~ Rita Deattrea Beckford M.D.
  6. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”  ~John F. Kennedy
  7. “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy”  ~Author Unknown
  8. “Garbage in garbage out”  ~George Fuechsel
  9. “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  ~Josh Billings
  10. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  ~Jim Rohn
  11. “Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…”  ~Anonymous
  12. “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”  ~William Londen
  13. “Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” ~Jack LaLanne
  14. “Eating right is a lifestyle. With anything in life we hit bumps in the road. Especially in the beginning it may be tough to keep up, but NEVER give up.” ~ Steady Strength
  15. “Your body doesn’t have the ability to turn garbage into a high quality product. All of your cells, muscles, skin, bones, etc. are built by the food that you supply. Choose wisely.” ~ Steady Strength
  16. “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car” ~ Unknown
  17. “More die in the United States of too much food than too little” ~ Unknown
  18. “We’re the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world, & with more diets to keep us from eating it” ~ Unknown
  19. “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ~ La Rochefoucauld
  20. “Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.”  ~Author Unknown
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Free Diabetes Handout

Finding diabetes friendly on-the-go snacks isn’t always easy! Use this free guide for our Top 10 diabetes snack recommendations and a complete shopping list. Click here to visit our website. Complete the FREE checkout process and your Free Download will be emailed to the email address you specify. Enjoy!!

Diabetes Snacks and Grocery List

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Choosing Nutrition Education Resources

We’ve all been there! You’ve got a presentation coming up or a test to prepare for and you have no idea where to begin looking for the right resources. Then, when you find them, can you be sure they’re reputable? Is the resource designed to address the problem that you’re facing? There are so many questions that pop up when it’s time to find new nutrition education resources. Just to make things a little easier, our product selection pros here at NCES have put together a few tips for selecting the best videos, handouts, posters and teaching aids.

  1. The first thing you want to be sure to check is the edition of the resource you’re considering. Is it the most recent edition? One simple way to do this is to Google the next edition to see if anything comes up. For example, if you’re looking at the Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 7th edition on the NCES website. Google Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 8th edition. When no matching products are found, you’ll know you have the right one. Plus, all NCES products are constantly updated with the latest edition. So, you can rest easy knowing that the resources you find in the NCES catalog and at www.NCEScatalog.com are up-to-date.
  2. Second, you’ll want to consider if the resource relates to the subject you’re interested in. If you’re presenting to an audience who are expecting to come learn about how to chase away they’re unhealthy snack cravings, you don’t want a presentation on the benefits of reading food labels. Although this topic could certainly be a part of your snacking presentation, you don’t want the entire thing to focus around food labels. Instead a presentation like “When Snack Attacks Strike”, which focuses completely on the topic at hand, would be a great fit for you.
  3. Our third tip for choosing a nutrition education resource that fits your needs perfectly is to check the reading level of the piece. Many highly researched, educational and useful handouts are written at a reading level that is too high for many to read AND understand. Did you know that the average American reads proficiently at a 7th or 8th grade level? So, be sure to choose materials that can be read and understood by all who will be using them. We recommend choosing anything at a 6th grade reading level or below.

The great thing about a comprehensive resource catalog (and website) like NCES is that all of our products have been reviewed to make sure that they meet our standards of excellence. When you order from NCES, you can be sure that everything in your package has been reviewed by our on-staff dietitian for quality, accuracy and excellence. Plus, if you ever need any assistance finding just the right product, we’re here for you! Simply send an email to info@ncescatalog.com, give us a call at 877.623.7266 or fill out the Contact Form on our website. We love helping you find the resource that is perfect for you! If you’re ready to start browsing now, be sure to check out our Primarily Professional section for a comprehensive selection of books, teaching aids, CEU’s and much more. NCES Primarily Professional

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Cooking Fresh in the ‘Off Season’

Fresh Winter Pears NCES CatalogAs winter settles in throughout most of the country, are you finding that you’re tired of cooking from a can? When spring arrives, it’s exciting to start buying fresh and cooking light, fresh meals with seasonal fruits and vegetables. But, why wait until spring? Instead, adjust your recipes to include fresh fruits and vegetables that are in-season throughout the winter months. Here are a couple of freshtastic foods that have more flavor this time of year than any other!

Brussels Sprouts: If you just said “Gross!” under your breath, you should be ashamed! The days of mushy canned brussels sprouts are gone forever… at least for us. Instead, we’ve found ways to bake, broil and sauté these little gems into tasty side dishes full of flavor and freshness.

Simple and Light Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Food Network

Fresh, Citrusy Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette – If you close your eyes, you may think it’s summer

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions – Talk about comfort food!

Pears: Growing up, canned pears were always a favorite snack in my house. Probably because they were canned in sugary syrup. But, have you tried a freshly sliced pear that’s never seen the inside of a can? I prefer a freshly cut pear over the canned variety any day. So, for the spring and summer, remember that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. But, for the winter months, switch to pears for a naturally sweet treat. These are great fresh or cooked in to your favorite dish as a replacement for apples.

Sweet Potatoes: There is a reason that sweet potatoes are a staple at every Thanksgiving and Christmas meal… they are at their finest during the holidays. Although sweet potato casseroles are the most common way we see sweet potatoes prepared, there are so many different ways to cook and enjoy them.

Spiced Sweet Potato Chips – Forget store-bought chips. This is the only snack you’ll need all winter!

Two-Toned Mashed Potatoes – A sweet twist on an old holiday favorite!

Because of the selection of frozen foods in most grocery stores these days, we can enjoy most foods all year long. However, if you have a hankering for fresh (never frozen, never canned) foods in the winter months, remember that there are foods that are in season this time of year. You may have to think outside the box to prepare them. But, rest assured that your palate will appreciate the change in flavor! For a larger list of seasonal fruits and veggies, visit fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. What are your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months? Share them here on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter

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2013 Healthy Holiday Shopping Guide from NCES Marketplace

NCES has created the perfect holiday shopping website for the health conscious consumer at www.NCESmarketplace.com. This video features some of the top holiday gifts available on the site. With everything from stocking stuffers to gifts that are too big to fit under the tree, you’ll find everything you need here! Plus, use code betterthanblackfriday at checkout to take 25% off sitewide.

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Childhood Obesity – What’s the Big Deal?

ImageLet’s Move, Fuel Up to Play 60 and Kids Eat Right! What do all these programs have in common? They are all newly created programs aimed at helping kids get active and eat healthy. The problem is that despite all of their great efforts, childhood obesity is still on the rise! According to the CDC, Childhood Obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. As more attention has been given to the issue, the problem has only continued to get worse. So, what’s the big deal? That’s simple! These children are at an increased risk to develop in to obese adults, opening them up to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer and much more. Not to mention the immediate health risks such as pre-diabetes, sleep apnea and bone and joint problems; just to name a few!

The health costs associated with overweight and obese children are staggering as well! “Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs”. 2 Who pays for that? Of course, we all do. But, it’s also a huge expense for the parents of these overweight children. There has been a lot of research in to the economic impact of childhood obesity and obesity as a whole! Much of this information can be found at this link.

The good news is that we can turn this around. It takes more than just a few organizations taking the initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids. We all need to use the resources available to raise healthy kids. Talk to your friends, family members and neighbors to make sure everyone you know has the resources they need to get healthy. Included below is a list of resource websites that have great information and games for teaching children about health and nutrition. The 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference is coming up this month. Reach out to a childhood obesity specialist if you have any specifics questions, concerns or are interested in being a part of the solution. Of course, all of us here at NCES are always here to help! Please browse the Educated Kids section of our website to browse games, tear pads and other tools for teaching children about nutrition. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay on top of all the latest nutrition news!

Child Nutrition Resource Websites:

1)      http://www.ncescatalog.com/Educated-Kids_c_92.html

2)      http://www.KidsEatRight.org

3)      http://www.fueluptoplay60.com/

4)      http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

 

Sources:

1)      http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

2)      http://www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org/learn-the-facts/economic-costs-of-obesity/

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Top Notch Advice To Perfect Your Organic Garden

I would love to see more blogs like this… including tips on organic gardening!

Peas in a Pod: Green Blog

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Just about anyone can become an organic gardener. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that has a lot of benefits. But for someone just starting out it can seem very overwhelming, and even a little bit intimidating. So, what should a novice do to learn how to grow plants? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!

Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants and animals. You will see many of the birds and insects that are present will assist in pollination and plant production, helping to create a much better garden.

It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it. Then, create a layer of wood chips at least three inches deep over the…

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