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National Nutrition Month
March 2010
Volume 6   Issue 3 
In This Issue
Create a Garden
Let's get growing
Play with your Food
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The Oliver Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.

Scheduled  Oliver Foundation Presentations
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April 26 - 29, 2010
Greater Houston Association Health Education Centers, 
August 4 - 7, 2010
American Association Diabetes Education
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 Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.
If you are interested in connecting your school or need to find funding to support the local foods movement check out the Farm to School website for National and Local grant opportunities.
Nutrition from the Ground Up!
Where do your students think their food comes from?  Today, most kids will tell you where it comes from  -- a fast food window, maybe the grocery store, or packaged in a box, can or jar. 
The connection between what you eat and where it comes from can have a profound change in your eating habits. Many people have never experienced gardening of any kind let alone growing your own fresh fruits or vegetable.
So join us this month, get your hands dirty and let's teach Nutrtion from the Ground Up!
Create A Garden
The First Family has one, do you? 
In the White House garden you will find over 20 differnt types of greens, from spinach to butterhead lettuce.  There is also an herb garden that includes thyme, rosemary and sage.  But how do you decide what to plant, when and where to plant? 
Visit the Texas
Junior Master Gardener (JMG) website.  Teachers - you'll find how to start a JMG group at your school.   And you'll find curriculum that brings the school garden into your class lessons every day.
Let's get growing
 You've planted and harvested from the school garden, now what do you do? 
According to a Texas A&M study, when kids actually help out in the garden they are more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables they have grown. 
Plant a salad garden - a variety of greens, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc...
Plant a pizza garden -  oregano, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, etc..
Salsa garden - cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, avocado
Want to know what's in season in Texas today?  Visit the Texas Department of Agriculture - Pick Texas website.  You'll find easy recipes you can make with your family.
Play with your food
 Healthy living is eating the right foods and staying active.  Think it takes a gym membership or lots of fancy exercise equipment to be active, WRONG!
Check out all the simple ways you can increase your activity level around the house.
Too cold or hot to walk outside?  Take a few laps around the house, remember to be careful around the furniture.
If you have a jump rope you can get a great workout.  Try jumping rope during a commercial break on TV.  If that's too easy, keep on going during the show and see if you can make it to the next commercial break.
Hopscotch - Don't worry about needing to draw a grid on the ground.  Jump on one foot - make a "t" when you jump; up, down, left and right.  Continue for one minute, then build up over time.
Want more ways to increase your activity?   Go to America on the Move and join the community.
Have you created a Healthy School Environment in your district?  Send us an e-mail, info@oliverfoundation.org,  and tell us all about it. 
You may be spotlighted in the next Oliver Foundation newsletter - T.E.A.M. Talk.
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