Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Making Nutrition Fun for Kids with Melanie Nelson

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic. So we invited Melanie Nelson, Founder and CEO of Learning ZoneXpress, to discuss how we can make nutrition fun for kids so they don’t become obese. Using her background as a family and consumer science teacher, Melanie is committed to creating helpful products that encourage children to eat healthy foods. In this interview, Melanie discusses the My Plate concept that has replaced the Food Pyramid as a guideline for healthy eating. She then shares various tips for parents. For example, If a child consistently eats fruits and vegetables first during meals, they will not develop a weight problem. Melanie discusses low cost ways for getting the best foods into a child’s diet. Fortunately, school systems are being responsive to the concern about children’s eating habits. Learn how several positive changes have occurred regarding children and nutrition. However there is still more to be done as far as educating children in a creative way. Melanie’s company, Learning ZoneXpress, has developed a video that encourages children to consume enough water, to laugh, limit themselves to 2 hours of screen time or less, and engage in 1 hour of activity. For more information, please visit