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Ag In Motion has Landed

Just one year ago the board of directors of the National Ag Science Center began discussing how to bring agricultural science to the classroom, while addressing the resource challenges facing today’s students and schools.  It is from this discussion that Ag In Motion was born.

It really took a village to bring this together so quickly.  Teachers were asked to write lessons and students were invited to help test-drive what was written.  Graphic artists created a vision for the exterior while engineers developed the design for the laboratory stations.  In March, the transformation began in Madera and a vision became reality.

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New Mobile Classroom Teaches Kids About Ag, Science

Ag In Motion is a Star!

Wednesday , June 22, Ag In Motion made its formal debut and the doors were open for donors, friends and the regional media.  Your Produce Man, Michael Marks showed his  trademark enthusiasm to the Good Day Sacramento audience as he broadcast live from AIM.  The reviews from all who toured the newly completed classroom were great!  Next stop, the Grow California conference at UC Davis where AIM has been named one of the top 25 Ag Innovation Game Changers of the Year!

Ag in Motion is a fifty-three-foot trailer featuring 20 laboratories complete with microscopes, lesson plans and the latest technology to deliver a unique educational experience to area seventh graders. The board of directors of the National Ag Science Center decided about a year ago to create a mobile classroom to tour middle schools and provide students with an educational experience designed to excite their minds and encourage future careers in agriculture.  <more> May 27, 2011 - Turlock Journal

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At USDA, a plate usurps the food pyramid

After devoting decades to designing a pyramid, then honing and refining that design, the nation’s nutrition experts have settled on what they believe is the perfect geometry to represent what we should eat — a plate. Arriving in the midst of an obesity epidemic, this new at-a-glance guide to healthful eating is meant to remind consumers to limit heavy foods and beef up on the greens.  “MyPlate” promotes fruits and vegetables, which cover half the circle. Grains occupy an additional quarter, as do proteins such as meat, fish and poultry. A cup of “dairy” rests to the side. Desserts have been banished to the desert. The message is clear: “Make half your plate fruits and vegetables,” said Robert Post, an official at USDA’s center for nutrition policy and promotion. <more> June 2, 2011 Washington Post

 

Meals Matter: Meal Planning Made Simple

Healthy meal planning is important because you can improve the nutritional quality of your diet by eating more meals at home. Healthy meal planning begins with accurate information about good nutrition and tips for applying that information to your daily life.

Mealsmatter.org provides healthy meal planning resources help you establish a pattern of healthy food choices each week.  The site provides a range of features to make planning healthy meals easier, such as nutrition articles, recipes, personalized cookbooks and shopping lists, as well as a meal planner to help plan your meals over time.

By setting aside time to plan weekly meals with their easy online tools you will see how simple healthy meal planning can be.

 

Dairy Council publishes top 10 nutrition trends for 2011

1. Skyrocketing diabetes rates will impact the health of americans and the health care system

Due to the rise in obesity, the united states has an increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Public health experts predict diabetes rates to double or triple by 2050—affecting one out of every three americans—greatly impacting our health and making healthcare costs soar.

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