Your Toolbox for Fighting Childhood Obesity

With the Childhood Obesity Conference happening right now in Long Beach, CA, we thought it was a fitting time to address childhood obesity and some of the top ways to combat and reverse it. It’s no secret that the number of children in the US that are overweight or obese is overwhelming. And, to make it worse, that number is still growing at an astounding rate. But, the goal of the conference is to “Accelerate Progress”. So, what can we do to accelerate progress? As many of you remember from our last blog, we discussed some resources that are available to parents and educators to provide to children. Today, we wanted to provide some easy ways to teach health, nutrition and fitness to kids.

NCES MyPlate Lunch & Learn Placemat – Use at the breakfast/lunch or dinner table either at MyPlate Munch and Learn Placemathome or on the go. Designed specifically for kids, this placemat educates your child about the five major food groups while engaging their critical thinking skills as they work through the fun activities on the back.

EIEO Kids Tear pad

NCES EIEO tear pad – Use these handouts to help motivate kids to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity in daily.  It also helps children understand that what you eat has to balance with how much they exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Kids Portion PlateNCES Right-Sized Plate – With two designs, one for adults and one for kids, these colorful plates provide portioned sections for measuring out portions. This is great for kids so they can learn all about portion control by filling each section of their plate.daily.  It also helps children understand that what you eat has to balance with how much they exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Whiz, Zip, Zap Kids Cookbook

Whiz Zip and Zap cookbook – Get your kids in the kitchen to start cooking so they can see how fun it is. Summer is a greattime to engage your kids in activities like helping to cook family meals.   It has been proven that kids who participate in cooking with their parents or caregivers have healthier eating habits. This cookbook provides simple recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

Scratch and Sniff Learning Cards for KidsScratch and Sniff Learning cards – These interactive scratch and sniff cards provide a fun way for kids to learn about and try new fruits and vegetables.  First, have them smell the card. Then, have them taste the actual fruit and vegetable to compare the scent and taste. They can also note what they liked most and least about the foods.


Hot Off the Press: Cutting Edge Nutrition Education Materials

It’s that time of year again! Yep, that’s right, time for the new NCES catalog… packed full of amazing,  new nutrition education materials to help you teach your clients, or just keep your own family healthy! The Fall/Winter 2011 catalog mailed out bright and early Monday morning. So, it should be hitting your mailbox any day now… if it hasn’t already! We’ve selected some of the hottest products on the market to help you stay fit, active and healthy. Just to get your mouth watering, let’s highlight a few today!

The first is a great choice for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle! We all know that it’s hard to eat right when you’re constantly running here, there and everywhere! One of our new additions “Eat Right When Time is Tight” is packed with doable, practical, “no-time/no-brainer” meals and snacks that will help woman gain time and lose weight. 

Another new selection, now available in the NCES Catalog, are the Kids ABC Placemats. We all know that it can be a struggle to take the kids out to eat! They get bored very easily. So, how about a healthy distraction that teaches them all about good nutrition habits? With colorful pictures and an alphabet of fruits and vegetables to learn about, these tear-off paper placemats are sure to make learning about food, fun with every meal. 

The last product we’ll highlight today is more for the nutrition professional. However, if you’re struggling to teach your kids the importance of limiting their dessert intake, the Dessert Visuals teaching aid will provide just the motivation they need. These visual aids display the sugar and fat in our favorite desserts, including brownies, chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, ice cream and more. 

So, now that you’ve seen just a few of the great new products featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 NCES catalog, you should really go check out the whole thing.  There are quite a few ways to view all the new products!

1)      Browse, by category, through our website out www.NCEScatalog.com

2)      Flip through the virtual pages of our online catalog here.

3)      Request your very own hard copy of the catalog here.

Plus, don’t forget, you can always connect with us through our traditional contact methods, as well as online on Facebook or Twitter.