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Start the Year Right! 
January 2012
Volume 8   Issue 1 
In This Issue
Start the Year Right
Success Story
New and Exotic Foods

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Small changes make a big difference.  Try using these substitutions and eat less calories/fat, lose weight and make health gains too.

Instead of using:

1T butter or margarine use apple sauce or low sugar jam

2T oil for cooking use lowfat broth

2T heavy whipping cream use evaporated skim milk

1 cup whole milk use skim milk

1 whole egg use 1/4c. nonfat egg substitute

1 cup sugar use 1 cup Splenda


Choose nonfat sauces and condiments like salsa or nonfat mayo or salad dressings.


Choose nonfat cheeses. 



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Start the Year Righthealthy lifestyle


On January 1st people around the country resolve to be healthier, to start anew, throw out their bad eating habits, etc.   But each year by February 1st most have thrown in the towel.  So what was once a weight gain of 5 pounds has now over time become 30+ pounds.


This year instead of making resolutions to be healthier let's decide to learn something new.  


Resolutions seem to be an all or nothing situation: "In 2012, I'm going to eat healthier."  It's a win or lose statement. 


But if you rephrase it:"In 2012, I'm going to  learn to cook healthy meals" - you'll set yourself up for the process to succeed.


Resolutions imply that you know how to do something.


Learning to do something new begins with the idea that you don't have the needed skills yet, but you want to develop them.


What new healthy skills will you choose to learn this year?

New Online Nutrition Tool  

My Plate Green

The best way to learn a new skill or habit is to write down your experience and track your progress.  USDA has released a new online tool the SuperTracker, to help you keep track of your healthy habits.

The SuperTracker is a free comprehensive, resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist you as you learn new healthy skills to reduce the risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight. 

SuperTracker gives you the ability to:

Personalize recommendations for what and how much to eat and amount of physical activity.

Track foods and physical activity from a database of foods and physical activities.

Customize features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking and journaling.

Success Story - Rummel Creek Elementary
Recent studies have suggested that your health may depend upon on who you hang out with.  If you have health conscious friends you will be too.  Having the right environment really does matter.
At Rummel Creek Elementary (RCE) in Spring Branch Independent School District, the entire staff:  Principal, classroom teachers and cafeteria manager are role models for their students.
Principal, Nancy Harn, promotes a healthy lifestyle on campus and only allows healthy snacks in the classroom. 
According to the Second grade team, students bring sugar-free jello, low-fat pudding, yogurt, popcorn, fruits and veggies for both snack and classroom parties.  The changes have been well received by everyone on campus and parents.
Librarian, Karen Harrell, helps students create healthy computer games, film health events and create healthy posters and displays.
The healthy changes have extended to the cafeteria too.  Only healthy a la carte options are sold: string cheese, low fat yogurts, baked chips, bottled water and a bigger selection of fresh fruit. 
Maria Suarez, RCE Cafeteria Manager, says the students at this campus choose to take the fruit and vegetable choice at lunchtime.  The campus is offer vs serve, so the choice cannot automatically be placed on the tray, but that's no problem.  These students really love their fruits and veggies.
Ms. Suarez is a great role model for the students too.  Over the last year she's undergone a big transformation - maybe a "small" transformation is more appropriate.  She's lost 85 poulds over the last 12 months.  Ms. Suarez eats more salads, fruits and other veggies.  She doesn't eat fast food anymore and steers away from other high fat, high calorie choices.  She now exercises at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes on her treadmill.  When asked how she has stayed motivated she said, "That's easy - I feel so much better.  My blood pressure is under control.  I have so much energy now.  I don't want to go back to the old me and feel that way again."
Rummel Creek Elementary is one of three Spring Branch Independent Schools participating in the Oliver Kids Program with the Oliver Foundation and Baylor University of Medicine. 
Lesson Title: Investigating and Researching New and     Exotic Foods
English/Language Arts - L15
Grades: 2nd  - 5th

Students will practice their writing and research skills using both computers and books as resources.
Books about foods
Choose foods students may not be familiar with and assign students to find as much information about the food as possible.  (Check out the Fruits and Veggies More Matters website for ideas.)  Students can work in groups or individually. 
Some of the information they can include are:
  • Origin
  • History
  • Where and how does it grow?
  • Where does if fit in MyPlate?
  • How can it be prepared?


They can present their research as a written paper, poster or a powerpoint presentation. 
Looking for more nutrition integrated lessons?  Go to the Oliver Kids Manual where you'll find 50+ lessons.
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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