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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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Choosing Between Fad Diets and a Healthy Lifestyle

NCES Food Models“You can’t eat carbs 2 days of the week” or “Just eat our 6 pre-portioned snacks and meals each day to lose 7 pounds in 1 week”. We’ve all heard them… the claims from all the fad diet promoters. Many of them are easy to spot and we do our best to avoid them. Or at least I hope that’s the case. However, some are a little trickier to identify. Here are 3 quick tips to help you spot a fad diet before you endure the roller coaster that is “fad-diet weight loss” again!

  1. Are they promising that you’ll lose 5-7 pounds each week? Experts recommend losing 1-2 pounds per week to maintain healthy body function and to avoid rebound weight gain.
  2. Is it so simple that it requires no thought to participate? Making healthy choices is about education and understanding what you’re eating. If everything is perfectly pre-portioned for you, you’ll never learn the basics of healthy eating. Dieting is about more than just weight loss! It’s about learning how you became overweight to begin with. It’s also about understanding the foods you eat and the impact they have on your body.
  3. Can you maintain this new ‘diet’ for a lifetime? Sure, it sounds easy enough to avoid restaurants and eat strictly fruits and vegetables for a 7 day cleanse. But, can you continue that for a lifetime? Odds are you can’t. So, as soon as you go back to your everyday life, you’ll jump right back in to your same old eating habits.

 To sum it all up, you’re looking for a diet that represents a lifestyle change. One that you can carry on through your lifetime! Make your weight loss about the journey, not just the destination. When you’re thinking about your food choices, don’t just consider the affects it will have on your weight, but your body as a whole. How does it support overall health and longevity?

Finding a diet that fits your personality and goals is very important! Focusing on the USDA’s MyPlate and dietary guidelines is a great place to start. For dietitians looking to help patients understand proper nutrition and portion control, NCES food models are the perfect nutrition education resource! I hope these tips help you and your clients choose healthy diets that will last a lifetime.