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Make Healthy Choices for Life! 
  January 2013
Volume 9   Issue 1 
In This Issue
Healthy Choices for Life!
Teen Perspective
Integrated Curriculum

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This month's recipe prepared by Sydney Fucci, Event Coordinator for the Teen Board.

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 Turkey Pad Thai
Yield:  6, 1 cup servings 


1.5 lbs. turkey tenderloins, cut into 3/4" pieces


1.25 cups low-sodium chicken broth


1/4 cup soy sauce


2 large garlic cloves, minced


3 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2"pieces


1/3 cup chunky-style peanut butter


12 ounces vermicelli, cooked and drained


3/4 cup peanuts,  chopped


3/4 cup cilantro, chopped


Place low-sodium broth, soy sauce and garlic in a large pan, bring to a boil.
Lower heat to a simmer, add turkey tenderloins and cook for 10 minutes.
Add green onions and peanut butter, cook for an additional 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Add cooked noodles, coat noodles thoroughly.
Add cilantro and peanuts.  Serve. 

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Resolutions?  Do you remember those resolutions?JAN 2013             


This is the year it works.  I'm gonna be healthy, run a marathon, finally get back into those jeans from high school -- all I have to do is make a resolution, right?




By mid-January all those good intentions have been packed away with your holiday decorations, not to be seen again until sometime in November.


Resolutions often fail for several reasons.  If you approach it as a task with a start and finish point, the healthy changes end.  Most resolutions are too broad -I'm going to be healthier this year.  You never made a definitive plan.


Yes, this can be the year that you finally live healthier. 


Approach 2013 with a fresh frame of mind.

  • Don't make resolutions - make healthy changes that will continue throughout your life.
  • Be specific - I will limit sodas to one a day or less and drink water in place of soda.
  • This is not an all or nothing situation.  Don't beat yourself up when you backslide - go back to your plan immediately, one slip up doesn't give you permission for an unhealthy free for all.


Create a Plan


Making a plan is key to success.  But don't reinvent the wheel!

The Oliver Foundation has already done the hard work for you. 

Use the seven Choices messages as a checklist to create a healthy lifestyle that will continue into 2013 and beyond.


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Choose 5-A-Day servings of fruits & vegetables.

Have more water & less sugary beverages.

Opt for healthy snacks.

Increase active play & decrease screen time.

Choose 3-a-day servings of low-fat dairy products.

Enjoy a healthy breakfast.

Serve a smart portion size.



Meet the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
D FournierThe Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board is a 12 member organization represented by students across the Houston area. 
Each month you'll meet a different member who will share their perspective on living a healthy life.
Danielle Fournier serves as Vice President on the Teen Board. She is a junior at Kempner High School.
Her tips to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle after the holidays include:
  • Start the new year off with a plan and weekly milestones to achieve  life-long goals.
  • Turn leftovers into new recipes.  Get creative and try something new.
  • Make a goal to eat dinner together as a family at least three times a week.
  • Clean out your refrigerator.  Get rid of old, unhealthy foods and start the new year fresh.
  • Switch out the seasonal, fat-rich beverages with lighter alternatives such as herbal teas.
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.
Create an Herb Garden
herb garden  TITLE:  Capture the Essence
OBJECTIVE:  Students will gain a better understanding of the scientific method.  Their observations of an herb garden will lead to an experiment to extract the smell/flavor from a plant.
Gardening tools (forks, shovels, rakes)
Herb seeds, plants or plant parts
Large containers with drainage holes
Gro-lights, if growing inside
Toaster oven or hot plate
Crushing and cutting utensils
While it is ideal to grow your herb garden from seeds this experiment can also be conducted with plants if needed.
Have students observe their garden-grown herb plants using their noses, and then challenge them to figure out the best way, given their resources, to extract the smell/flavor from a plant.
They may also design a "smell test" to compare the abilities of different people to discriminate among herbs.
This lesson adapted from kidsgardening.org
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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