Oliver TEAM Purp Nov2010

Serve a Smart Portion Size 
November 2010
Volume 6   Issue 8 
In This Issue
Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids
Holiday Celebrations
Portion -vs- Serving
American Diabetes Month

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Teen Board President,

Carissa Gilbert

awarded the Women's Energy Network of Houston 2010 Academic Scholarship


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November 10, 2010
Texas Women's Conference
Houston, TX 
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Recipes for Healthy Kids

Let's Move!, toward healthier food in School. 

Participants will form teams, develop, document, and prepare at least one healthy recipe in one of three categories (Whole Grains, Dark Green and Orange Vegetables or Dry Beans and Peas).


Interested participants should form teams now that include a chef, a school nutrition professional, at least one student currently enrolled in grades 4-12, and at least one parent or community member.


$12,000 in Prizes



December 30, 2010


For complete details go to: Recipes for Healthy Kids 



Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids
Healthy foods kids 
Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids is a national initiative to improve the health of children and young people through food education, culinary strategy and flavor insight presented by the Culinary Institute of America.

Deborah L. Woehler MS, RD, LD, Executive Director of the Oliver Foundation, serves on the National Steering Commitee of the initiative.  "The Oliver Foundation is proud to be part of this initiative.  Our Make Healthy Choices for Life motto fits in perfectly with the CIA initiative.  We strive to influence children at an early age to choose healthy, nutrient dense, whole foods.  Serving on this committee of nationally recognized nutrition experts is an honor."

The core of this initiative will focus on culinary insights and actions around K-12 school foodservice , but will also include chain and other restaurant kid's menus, campus dining and the family food environment.

For more information about the initiative visit the Culinary Institute of America website.
 Holiday Celebrations

 The holiday season begins with the leftover Halloween candy and ends by resolving to do better in 2011.

But there's a better way to navigate the holidays and still enjoy the season.

Here are a few tips to help you have a Healthy Holiday Celebration. 

Remember the real reason for the season.  Enjoy the time you have with your friends and family.  It's harder to overeat when you are busy talking and laughing.

Plan ahead.  Drink plenty of water at the party.  It's especially important if you are indulging in alcoholic beverages.  Water will also help you curb your appetite.

Eat before the party.  Never go to a party hungry.  Have a small, healthy snack - an apple and 1/2 a turkey sandwich or a cup of vegetable soup.  You will be less apt to graze if you have a snack before the party begins.

Savor the special food items.  When you do partake in high fat, high calorie foods, enjoy them in small quantities.  Take the time to savor and enjoy every bite.  When you eat slowly it gives your brain a chance to register that you are full and satisfied.

Have a happy, healthy holiday!

Portion -vs- Serving
portion distortion
When is a door not a door? 
When its ajar! 


And when is a serving a portion instead of a serving? 

Almost everytime you eat if you're not careful!


Most are confused about the difference between a portion and a serving.  A "serving" is the food recommended in consumer education materials such as MyPyramid.  A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat at any one time - which may be more or less than one serving.


Here are some common items that represent one serving of a listed food.


Light bulb = 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables

Deck of cards = 2 to 3oz. of meat, poultry or fish

Baseball = apple or pear

An adult's fist = 1c. of cooked rice or pasta

Computer mouse = 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta



Often times we think we are eating an appropriate serving, but test yourself.  Pour yourself a bowl of cereal and guess the serving size. Now measure it and see how close you come to the actual number of servings. 


Learn the serving sizes for different food items and you will be on your way to choosing the right foods in the appropriate servings. 


Need some more information about servings sizes?  Check out this new resource created by Deborah L. Woehler, MS, RD, LD, Executive Director of the Oliver Foundation.


American Diabetes Month

This November, the American Diabetes Association is asking:  How will you Stop Diabetes?  The future is in your hands. 


Last November, the American Diabetes Associaiton launched the Stop Diabetes movement, with the audacious goal of having 1 million people join in the first year.  So far, more that 835,000 people around the country have raised their hand and pledged to join the fight.  


There are plenty of ways you can become involved in American Diabetes Month and Stop Diabetes movement this month.  There is no time to waste.  Diabetes is a disease with deadly consequences.  Action is needed.  From everyone.


You can discover more ways to become engaged in American Diabetes Month by visiting stopdiabetes.com, calling 1-800-DIABETES or texting JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply).

Have you created a Healthy School Environment in your district?  Send us an e-mail  and tell us all about it -  info@oliverfoundation.org .
You may be spotlighted in the next Oliver Foundation newsletter - T.E.A.M. Talk.

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