Nutrition Rules!

Fruits and Vegetables (3)I bet that when you were a kid, you’d roll your eyes every time your mother told you to eat your vegetables. Now that you’re older, you realize mom really did know what she was talking about.

Nutrition is on everyone’s mind these days. We all are aware of the need to eat smarter. This is the world of Nasco Nutrition.

Start when children are young. Our Health and Your Body Book Collection (EL10981) inspires healthy habits with easy-to-read pages. Healthy Eating with MyPlate Series (WA29074) teaches kids about the importance of a healthy diet.

Posters are always incentive-makers. Nasco’s Healthy Food Train Poster (WA28304) starts children out on the right track by showing lists of healthy foods and portions. And the Mini English Color Posters (WA28317, set of 9) are as colorful as they are informative.

Who wouldn’t have fun with the Periodic Table of Fruits and Vegetables Posters (SB48659), the Periodic Table of Sugar Poster (SB48009), the Period Table of Caffeine Beverages (WA25955), or the Period Table of Snacks (SB47210) Posters? You’ll be amazed how many calories and how much sugar chips and a soda can be!

Junk food is one of the most invasive pastimes of young and old. Junk Food Blubber Busters™ (SB34987) and Fast Food Blubber Busters™ (SB49316) show you just how much fat is in your favorites. Our Fast Food Poster (WA28309) highlights common fast food choices and healthier alternatives. And need a reminder how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Look no further than our Sugar Shocker Food Poster (WA31429).

Obesity in children and adults is not a laughing matter. Nasco carries DVDs that really bring this matter to light. Obesity: An American Epidemic (WA26781) and Big Kids (SB50023) powerfully examine the physical and emotional results of the problem.

Good eating can be a good time, too. Our MyPlate Bulletin Board Set (WA31314) features healthy food characters engaged in physical activity. The original MyPlate (WA29164) reminds kids to make wise choices. And you can learn portion sizes and a variety of healthy choices with the Healthy Food for a Healthy You Bingo Game (WA29860).

Eating healthy is a life long commitment. Start small, keep it going. Keep it fun. And check Nasco’s Nutrition and Hands-on Health catalogs for more great nutrition ideas!

Nasco Releases 2015 Health Care Catalog!

The 2015-2016 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form® Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California.

The 220-page catalog includes Life/form® products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice.

The catalog features these new Life/form® products: IV Arm Circulation Pump, Advanced Suture Trainer, Complete Ostomy Care Simulator, Advanced Injection Belly, Cricothyrotomy Simulator, Continuous Compression Manikin, and much more. The catalog continues to offer the Advanced Injection Arm; Advanced IV Hand; Diabetic Injection Trainers; First-Aid Arm; PALS Update Kit; Infant Airway Management Trainers; Intraosseous Infusion Simulators; Basic Buddy®, Baby Buddy™, and CPR Prompt® CPR Manikins; the GERi™ and KERi™ Nursing Skills Manikins; Micro-Preemie Simulator; Venatech IV Trainer; Patient Education Tracheostomy Care Set; Advanced Sanitary CPR Dog; and BioQuest® Inflatable Lung Kits featuring real NASCO-Guard® Preserved swine lungs. All Life/form® products are handcrafted in the U.S.A with ISO 9001 quality standards and feature the Life/form® five-year warranty.

Other products include the CPARLENE® CPR Manikins and Torsos — the most versatile and interchangeable CPR manikins available anywhere. The CRiSis™ Manikin is a Complete Resuscitation System with six stations, allowing you to practice different scenarios. The Child CRiSis™ Manikin and Infant CRiSis™ Manikin provide complete PALS training capabilities in one manikin. These features make this manikin line great for introductory classes, as well as advanced students. Add our full line of moulage products to complete many training scenarios.

The catalog also offers breast self-exam models, reproductive anatomy and gynecological models, anatomical models and replicas, skeletal materials, food and nutrition guidelines and replicas, Medcom/Trainex DVDs, anatomical charts, multimedia kits, games, and a complete line of Life/form® accessories.

View the Nasco Health Care catalog online at to explore new products and special website sale items.

For your free copy of the 2014 Nasco Health Care catalog, write to: Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901; call 1.800.558.9595; or order online.

Building 101

AC077177The space within becomes the reality of the building.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The size of a building is only as big as the heart of its creator. And Nasco carries building sets for every age and size of Frank Lloyd wannabees.

Let’s start with BIG blocks. They make great forts, crawl-throughs, fences, and towers. Brik-A-Blok™ Building Sets (EL10697) are easy to assemble, 16” x 16” and are suitable for outdoor play. How about our Jumbo Cardboard Block Deluxe Set (SB41803 for 40 pieces), made of a strong, heavy grade cardboard? Our Wonder Foam® Blocks™ (SB19352 for 68 blocks) are colorful, soft, and lightweight? And our Play Brix™ (SB41383) are made from corrugated cardboard and printed with a water-resistant coating.

Want to take your building to the next level? Nasco has a huge selection of KNEX® Building Sets to test your creativity and techniques. The Energy, Motion & Aeronautics Set (SB48251) encourages you to build 9 models including an airplane with controls; The Real Bridge Building Set (SB37491) demonstrates 7 key bridge types including an arch, beam, and cantilever; and the huge Simple Machines Deluxe Set (SB30189) includes one 12-volt motor to building 60 fully-functioning models including the 5 foot tall Big Ball Factory.

We have fun marble runs you can build too! The Marble Run Construction Game with 88 pieces (SB19677), or the Block N Roll™ Deluxe Set (SB40321) help you build spectacular structures for your marbles to roar through. Better yet, we have Techno Gears Marble Mania that will keep builders busy for hours by creating moving and working creations. Try The Alpha (SB49753) or The Genius 2.0 (SB46839) with over 400 pieces including dual power listers, quad track marble channels, and a marble loop channel.

How about going on a trip? We have delightful wooden train sets you can track all around your room: the Wooden Train Set (SB39018, 100 pcs.) has a variety of tracks, creating a different configuration every time you build it. Or it’s bigger brother, the Deluxe Wooden Railway Set (SB41793. 132 pieces) that has everything a young engineer could need. Need some background scenery for your trains? Nasco offers a 100-piece Colored Wooden Block Super Set (SB40058) to make buildings, towers, and more.

Then there are the variety of building components that dazzle the fingers and the mind. Take a look at Magnetic Polydrons (TB25594), 184 pieces of magnetic activity; Superstructs Wacky Machine Set (EL11911) that builds seven different zany machines; or perhaps Linkazoo!™ (EL10841) that lets you construct endless animal formations that will defy both gravity and the laws of nature.

You are never too young or too old to improve your cognitive skills, expand your creativity, and to plain have fun. Building the buildings of tomorrow keeps your mind sharp and your patience under control. Let Nasco help you have fun all the way.

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1-800-558-9595, or visit our website

Health Care Can Be Humerus

Skeleton - Anterior 2Health Care is a hard thing to blog about. There are so many fingers on that hand –- nutrition, anatomy, personal and social development, fitness, hygiene –- a lot of fingers to count, a lot of worlds to explore. Wikipedia defines health care as, “the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans.”

This is true, as any visit to the doctor will tell you. Your physical body handles it all. There are 206 bones in the human body, 60,000 miles of blood vessels, 45 miles of nerves, and 10 trillion cells. And that’s just for starters. That’s a lot to take care of.

On a larger scale, Nasco’s Health Care and Science catalogs carry an amazing array of teaching tools for students, teachers, doctors, and other medical professionals. Our anatomically correct manikins and simulators have become some of the most respected products in the industry, training our would-be caretakers in such diverse fields as wound care, childbirth, CPR, airway management, nursing skills, suturing, crisis management, and more.

Many, though, are looking for a more “everyday” view of the world of anatomy. Nasco has plenty of choices to piqué any future med student’s interest, no matter what their age. For younger students, there are 3-D Skeleton Demonstration Magnets or Magnetic Human Body, both great to use on whiteboards; and the Deluxe Human Body Curriculum Kit, which includes a great assortment of classroom materials to explore the human body.

Moving up the body ladder, Nasco offers a ½ life-sized Circulatory System Model, excellent for teaching how the entire vascular system works; Dimensional Man, a 6-ft. anatomical chart that transforms into a 3-D model, introducing students to the basic anatomy of bones, muscles, organs, arteries and veins; or a genderless 10-Part Human Torso, that displays the body’s systems and major organs.

But what if you only want an “armchair” view of this fascinating field? Nasco has plenty of posters to entertain and inform the senses on a visual playing field. The Peter Bachin 3-D Anatomical Chart Series is a set of 10 lithographed masterpieces of art, covering functioning body systems including Skeletal, Muscular, Reproductive, Vascular, and more. Our Systems of the Body Posters, sold individually, are also 3-D, and include additional relevant information across each poster. Try the Muscular System, or the Human Skeleton for starters. Simpler posters include Laboratory Safety Posters, Set of 10, or Science Methods Bulletin Board Set.

We have a full array of DVDs, books, and CD-ROMs for your armchair –- or classroom –- study. Try the Standard Deviants School Anatomy DVD Super Pack, or The Human Body: How It Works DVD Series for an all-inclusive informational experience.

And lest you think anatomy is all straight laced and boring, Nasco also offers such great products as Human Skeleton Playing Cards, Skeletons in the Closet Game, Human Anatomy Clever Catch® Inflatable Ball, Kid’s Anatomy Apron, or the Amazing Squishy Brain, a nine-piece transparent skull that you can fill with squishy brain parts, eyeballs, and vertebrae pieces. We also have a 3 pc.Human Skull that can sit right on the corner of your desk. How interesting is that?

The more you know about your body, the better you can take care of it. Whether it’s information for your students, or merely a better personal understanding of how things work, there is always something to learn in the wide world of Anatomy.

See…sometimes anatomy can be humerus…

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1-800-558-9595, or visit our website