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LANA Takes Orlando By Storm!

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By Lana the Iguana

This time last week I was basking in the sun in Orlando– and by “basking in the sun” I mean hanging out at the expo and sessions at the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) annual conference. It was a wonderful couple of days, filled with learning, socializing, zumba, and even a concert! I could go on and on about how much we did, the people we met, and what we discussed, but that might be akin to forcing someone to look at your vacation photos. They might want to look at a couple, but not 3 albums-full. So in the interest of keeping things…. well, interesting, I am going to give you my highlights.  So here you have Lana’s top 4 highlights from the NAEYC conference!

#4. Sharing the Lana-themed products with the conference attendees. I was so proud to share my stuff!  The biggest hits were the “I tried it stickers” and my cookbooks – especially my wipe-off snack recipe/cookbook and the cookbook with LANA I Tried It Stickersmy favorite recipes. (Eat your heart out, Rachel Ray!)

#3. Partnering with some great people! Being a part of the Learning ZoneXpress booth meant that I got to hang out with the Garden Heroes. Buddy Broccoli, Adam Apricot, Kimi Kiwi and I bonded a lot over those few days! I also got to help highlight My Plate products like the Preschool 1 Great Plate (which I love because it aligns nicely with the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign). It really is about teaching young kids healthy eating habits and it was so great to work with other people who have the same goal. We were like the 3 Musketeers – or superheroes. Whatever you find more inspiring and heroic.

#2. Eavesdropping. I loved listening to all the comments people made about me. Very good for the ego! My favorites were: “Is Lana on Twitter?” (I am! @lanaprekprogram), “Please scan me!” (Scanning conference badges got people on the mailing list.), “I love Learning Zone,” and “I will take your stuff, not anyone else’s!”





And the number one favorite moment of the NAEYC conference for me was………

#1. Anne Roy’s well-attended NAEYC session on Learning about Nutrition through Activities (LANA).  Anne (who was my guest blogger last month!) gave a wonderful presentation that resonated with many as the U.S. looks to incorporate nutrition education into early childhood development programs. This is key to moving the needle on the fight against childhood obesity. It takes people by surprise that childhood obesity often begins before the age of two and that one in five children is obese by their 6th birthday. Anne’s presentation was not only informative, but also enjoyable. I am grateful that she spoke on my behalf…. I get horrible stage fright!

NAEYC was a wonderful time and I am already looking forward to what we will do next year in Atlanta!


I would love to hear about YOUR NAEYC experience! Feel free to share your comments and experiences!






Lana the Iguana Growing in Popularity!

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LANA program distributed by Learning ZoneXpress recognized in local school by CBS Minnesota.

We don’t know who gave vegetables such a bad rap, but according to a recent story from CBS Minnesota, kids at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center in Roseville, MN are changing that with the LANA Preschool Program distributed by Learning ZoneXpress.

LANA stands for “Learning About Nutrition through Activities.”It is a 24 week research-based program developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota. For multiple years, teachers and students have been exploring this program which includes a fun hand puppet of the program’s mascot, Lana the Iguana. This is an exciting way to get kids thinking about health and nutrition, both by tasting fruits and vegetables and creating easy recipes.

We all know there’s nothing worse than a picky eater, and LANA can remedy that. The iguana gets kids excited about fruits and vegetables and encourages them to try foods they may have never dreamed of!

The program encourages parents to try these foods with their kids. Children tend to be more willing to explore when others are doing the same right beside them. Learning ZoneXpress distributes the complete LANA curriculum filled with fun activities, recipe books, and story books that parents, teachers and kids can all do together!

The program being implemented in child care centers like Kinderberry Hill makes it easier for parents at home to continue these fun and healthy practices. And LANA doesn’t have to be just for kids. It’s been known to teach us a thing or two as well.

Owatonna, Minn.-based Learning ZoneXpress is a leading source of award-winning teaching tools. Its mission is to help improve the health and vitality of children by providing relevant, creative and affordable learning tools about life skills, healthy behaviors and nutrition. Learning ZoneXpress offers a wide variety of affordable educational DVDs, posters, MyPlate products, prizes, and PowerPoint presentations. They are dedicated to responsive and personalized customer care. For more information about Learning ZoneXpress products, visit the Learning ZoneXpress web site or call Toni Gnasdoskey at 888-455-7003