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National Nutrition Month 
Check for New Oliver Foundation Grant
  March  2013
Volume 9   Issue 3 
In This Issue
Healthy Choices Grant
Eat Right!
Healthy Breakfast
Teen Advisory Board
Integrated Curriculum

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The Oliver Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.


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Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices Grant


 The goal of the Oliver Foundation is to encourage children, families and communities in Texas to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of Pre-K, elementary and Middle School children.


Grants will be awarded to Texas non-profit organizations, agencies and schools that demonstrate the greatest need and likelihood of sustainable impact on children's nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs.




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

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 Grilled Asparagus w/Lime & Mint
Yield:  4 servings

1 pound of asparagus


1 1/2 T. olive oil


1-2 fresh limes, halved


1 teaspoon fresh mint, rolled and chopped









Wash asparagus and pat dry.
Heat olive oil in a wide saucepan on medium-high heat.
When oil is hot, add asparagus. 
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cook asparagus for approximately five minutes until fragrant.
Remove asparagus from pan and plate.
Squeeze lime juice over asparagus and garnish with mint.


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Eat Right!NNM 2013                


March is National Nutrition Month (NNM). 

 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created NNM in 1973. 


The theme of 2013 is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day".  It encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices.


The Oliver Foundation supports National Nutrition Month with our continued work in Houston schools and communities. Our Make Healthy Choices for Life! poster and curriculum provide an easy to follow outline to Eat Right, Every Day.


The CHOICES messages include:


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

Have more water and less sugary beverages!

Opt for healthy snacks!

Increase active play and decrease screen time!

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

Enjoy a healthy breakfast!

Serve a smart portion size!


The Academy also provides support material for  National Nutrition Month . The guide includes a classroom guide with learning activities, easy recipes, lesson plans and worksheets.  You'll also find a word search, sudoku and crossword puzzle and color sheets to use in your classroom. 


Information provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Healthy Breakfast

Bkfst FoodThe month of March also highlights the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, with National School Breakfast week from March 4- 8, 2013.

Think you don't have time for a healthy breakfast?  Think again!  A little planning can make the difference between fueling up right for the day or running out of gas before lunch.

Breakfast strategies:

  • Whole wheat frozen waffle - top with peanut butter or fruit
  • Instant oatmeal - go for a low sugar choice and top with fresh fruit.
  • Breakfast whole wheat tortilla wraps - add ham and low-fat cheese slice or peanut butter and apple slices or if time allows add scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa.
  • Single serving low fat yogurt - top with granola, nuts or fruit.
  • Single serving low-fat cottage cheese - stir in berries.
  • Try low-fat string cheese, apple slices and whole wheat crackers for a complete breakfast meal on the go.
Meet the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
Tatiana Mar 2013The 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.
Tatiana Jessen is a senior at The Woodlands High School. She has been a member of the Teen Board since 2011 and  currently serves as Historian.  She is in the top 7% out of 1050 students in her class. In addition to her academic achievements Tatiana also plays volleyball for her school varsity team. She also played club volleyball year around and competed in nationwide tournaments as well as the Junior Olympics for three years.
Tatiana is an active member of Interact, Anchor Club, and the Math National Honor Society. She also volunteers with seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's at Silverado Senior Living Center. Tatiana presents to children at Young Learners every month, spreading the message of the importance of living a healthy life. 
Her philosophy to stay healthy includes:
  1. Eat 5-6 small meals a day instead of 2-3 big meals
  2. Smoothies are a fantastic snack that are healthy and also filling.
  3. Drink a lot of water.
  4. Your health is based on 70% what you eat and 30% what you do (such as exercise, strengthening, and cardio) so focusing on maintaining a healthy diet is crucial.
  5. Don't work out just to work out; have fun with it and think of creative and enjoyable ways to burn calories (such as yoga and Pilates).
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.
Eat Right!
My Plate Green GRADE: 3 - 5
OBJECTIVE: Students will learn the components of creating a healthy meal using MyPlate.
5 empty shoeboxes
Magazines, supermarket flyers
Construction paper
Distribute the MyPlate coloring sheet and discuss with students the kinds of food found on MyPlate. For additional information about MyPlate, click here.
Label each box with a corresponding name from MyPlate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy).
Have students scan the provided flyers, magazines, etc for pictures of food. Ask them to cut out the pictures and place in the appropriate boxes.  You will then take examples for each box to further illustrate the healthy choices.
Students will them create a healthy MyPlate collage with the pictures.
 Adapted from a lesson plan provided by theteachercorner.net .
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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