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Witness the Evolution of a Nutrition Education Handout

Since the 1980’s, NCES has been creating leading nutrition education products. But, do you know how it all started? I’m sure many of you do because you’ve been right here with us through the entire journey. But, for others, we’re excited to take this opportunity to share with you the evolution of our flagship product, now titled the “Healthy START” series of handouts.

It all started back in the 80’s with the extremely ‘cool cat’, Nutri-Cat! Nutri-Cat had a great job. He was responsible for encouraging people of all ages to eat healthy and exercise, similar to the way a team mascot would cheer on his team. The first handouts, featuring Nutri-Cat, utilized the food pyramid that had carbs at the bottom and fats and oils at the top.

This handout was able to hold on strong for many, many years. However, in 2005, it was time for an update. Based on new research and standards, the USDA updated their base food pyramid to a side-by-side food pyramid with steps moving up the side. At this time, we decided that Nutri-Cat had done his job as we retired him from the series of handouts. We also added more information on exercise as nutrition standards were putting a larger emphasis on exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In 2011, we introduced the Healthy START handouts you know and love today! In response to the USDA’s updated 2010 Dietary Guidelines and the introduction of MyPlate to replace MyPyramid, we went back to the drawing board and crafted an entirely new educational handout to fit the needs of our health and nutrition education customers. We also thought it was important to provide an acronym that would help readers live a healthy lifestyle, which is where the START concept was born. This simple acronym provides everyday instructions to help reader’s jumpSTART their healthy lifestyle. Coming up with the components of the START concept were easy too. The USDA had just released five topics they intended to emphasize over the next five years. These became the pillars of our START concept.

And that’s how a star is born! These Healthy START handouts continue to be one of our best selling products here at NCES. For almost 30 years, these handouts have brought nutrition education to the masses. With solid information reflecting the most up-to-date research and science behind health, wellness and fitness, these handouts are a great fit in every nutrition education setting. To learn more or place your order today, visit NCEScatalog.com. You can also always contact us. Our on-staff dietitian is here to answer your questions! Before you go, take a second to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter!

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Turning Your Nutrition Product IDEA in to a Sellable Product

Have you created a product or written a book that you’re ready to take on to the next step? Being around so many dietitians all the time, we know that many of you have great talent, are very creative and have the drive to create a product aimed at helping people live healthier lives!

At NCES, one of our proudest reputations is that of helping dietitians create the products that they dream of creating. NCES was actually started as a way to distribute a book that had been written by a dietitian who needed an outlet for distributing her book. We have continued that tradition throughout the years as we create and select new products to bring to you at NCEScatalog.com. Roughly 35% of our current vendors are other dietitians that we are proud to work with and support.

Our production team will help no matter where you’re at in the creation process. With our team of dietitians, writers and graphic designers, we’ll help you take your idea from concept to creation. We also provide access to our extensive network of printers, illustrators, packaging specialists and much more.

Lastly, we help you with distribution through NCEScatalog.com and related media outlets. Currently, our combined social media reach is approximately 36,000 nutrition professionals.

Unlike many in this industry, whose success is based solely on selling their own products, NCES is proud to support other dietitians. From carrying products created by other dietitians, like “Super 15” and “Lipo Visuals” to helping dietitians make their dreams a reality, like we were fortunate to be able to do with “Lainy’s Polite Bite”, we love having the opportunity to work with dietitians from across the country and across different specialties.

If you have an idea you’d like to work with us on, please email Carrie Mark or give her a call today at 877.623.7266. Carrie will work with you to get started on your project right away.

I think I’ve said enough about this for one day! But, before you go, listen to what Emma Fogt has to say about it all! Emma wrote the children’s book “Lainy’s Polite Bite” and worked with NCES to turn her story in to a bookshelf worthy book that is now selling at NCEScatalog.com.

Emma Fogt Lainys Polite Bite Video Cover

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How to Choose the Best Foods for You?

In the Primarily Professional section of the NCES catalog, we focus on many topics and trends that dietitians face on a daily basis. One of those topics is how to choose the right foods for each person’s situation. The two books highlighted below are a couple that we’ve added over the last year that we think are great for dietitians and consumers alike. If neither of these fit your needs, take a minute to browse the Primarily Professional books and resources at NCEScatalog.com.

5301 The Best Things you can EatThe Best Things You Can EatIf you have always wondered what’s better, farm-raised or wild salmon, or which foods you can count on when you have an upset stomach, this book has the answers, even a few surprises. Registered Dietitian and bestselling author David Grotto draws on the latest nutritional and scientific research to assemble the most authoritative compilation of food rankings ever produced. Here are some of the useful lists you will find. 8 best foods for lowering cholesterol – Top 6 foods to control your blood pressure – 7 best foods for stopping bad breath – 5 best foods to slow down aging – Top 5 foods for numbing aches and pains – Top 5 foods to battle cold and flu – Top 8 cancer-fighting foods

 

 

5226Flavorful Fortified Food Recipes to Enrich LifeMany individuals need high calorie and high protein foods due to low body weight, diminished appetites, inability to eat adequate amounts of food, and drink enough fluids. Changes in taste and smell due to illness, side effects of medications or the aging process exacerbate the problems, resulting in decreased intake and subsequent weight loss. By providing comfort foods, care givers in the home or healthcare communities are able to create meals that satisfy even the most demanding palate, resulting in improved intake and cost savings. 

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National Nutrition Month: Is it already over?

Through the month of March, we have been celebrating National Nutrition Month with the American Dietetic Association. It’s been an exciting month and we have thoroughly enjoyed learning about new opportunities for keeping ourselves, and our families healthy. With this being the last week in March, National Nutrition Month is coming to a close. BUT, does it have to? All of us here at NCES think that we should continue celebrating all year.  But how? We’re here today to share the top 5 things we are going to do to continue our National Nutrition Month celebration! So, why don’t you join us!

  1. Get active as a family. With Spring upon us, the evenings provide a great opportunity to get outside. Studies show that people who burn calories directly after dinner are more likely to lose weight, and maintain a healthy weight. Get out and take a walk, go to the park, or play catch in the back yard.
  2. Remember the NNM theme: Eat Right with Color. When filling your plate, remember to keep it colorful. A more colorful plate will be more flavorful. And, if filled right, will be more nutritious.
  3. Set a new goal for eating fresh. Fresh fruits and veggies are becoming more abundant as the weather gets nicer. Here’s a goal for you; make sure that at least 1-2 of your 8-9 fruit/veggie servings each day are filled through fresh fruits and veggies.
  4. 4. Make healthy eating fun! If you keep your meal planning and preparation fun, it will be easier for you to stick with your new healthy habits. Also, remember to keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complex. The simpler your plan, the more likely you will be to accomplish your goals.
  5. 5. Start with breakfast. Studies show that people who start their day with a nutritious breakfast tend to eat healthier throughout the rest of the day. They also tend to maintain a healthier overall diet. Be sure to fill your breakfast plate with nutritious, filling foods. Some good examples are whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat proteins.

So, there you have it! Our top 5 tips for continuing your National Nutrition Month celebration! How do you plan to continue the celebration? We’d love to hear from you! And, last, be sure to check out www.ncescatalog.com for great products geared towards helping you reach your nutrition goals.