Oliver TEAM Purp Nov2010

Have more water and less sugary beverages! 
Check for New Oliver Foundation Grant
  April 2013
Volume 9   Issue 4 
In This Issue
Healthy Choices Grant
How Much Water?
What are you drinking?
Teen Advisory Board
The Academy
Integrated Curriculum

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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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YEAH Teem Board Nov2010 
Sydney w Salad         


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

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 Eggplant Chips and Dip

6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth


1 medium globe eggplant, thinly slices 


 3 Tablespoons olive oil



4 garlic cloves


1 cup plain Greek yogurt


1 small cucumber, peeled and dices


1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped


1 teaspoon lemon juice



Kosher salt


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place eggplant slices on a non-stick pan.
Sprinkle kosher salt on the eggplant.
Cook eggplant for 10 minutes. 
Remove pan from oven.  Take paper towels and press the water out of the eggplant slices.
In a small bowl blend olive oil and 2 garlic closes until a smooth paste is created.
Brush the olive oil paste on the chips.
Bake chips for another 12 minutes or until crispy brown.
Place the cucumber slices, basil leaves and remaining 2 garlic cloves in a blender. 
Blend until smooth.
Drain the excess water from the mixture.
Add lemon juice and yogurt.
Salt to taste.

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How Much Water?Water                 


Water comprises approximately 60 to 65% of your entire body weight.


Water is key to every major body function:

It controls body temperature.

It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells.

It removes wastes.

It cushions joints.

It protects organs and tissues.


According to the Institute of Medicine, the average recommendation for daily water needs are about 16 cups for adult men and 11 cups for adult women.  However, remember this is an average - some people need more while others need less.


Remember you can achieve this amount from all foods and beverages including drinking water, tea, coffee, soda, juice, milk and water-rich foods and vegetables.  But in order to limit excess calories and maintain a healthy weight, you should drink water and other beverages with few or no calories.


What are you drinking?

drink glasses 

What and how much you drink matters.  Yes, we each have our favorites - whether that be a much needed caffeine beverage in the morning, our favorite soda or flavored milk. 

Do you know how many calories or the amount of sugar you're drinking?


Size oz.
Sugar, g.
Starbuck's Hot chocolate w/whip163709
Starbuck's Carmel Frap w/whip1638011
Starbuck's Iced Caffe Mocha w/nonfat milk no whip161706

Coca-Cola Classic

Coca-Cola Classic, Big Gulp







Diet Coca-Cola

Orange Crush







Apple Juice Box6.81005
Orange Juice161808
Juicy Juice Fruit Punch6.751005
Plain, Whole Milk81500

Plain, Skim Milk










You can see how quickly the calories add up.  It's not just the sodas you need to watch.  Coffee drinks are available in most fast food restaurants and drinking a 16 oz. serving can be the equivalent to eating a small burger.  Yes, 100% fruit juices do provide nutrients, but be aware of the serving size.  Those juice calories creep up and before you know it you'll be drinking over 200 calories in a large serving of juice. If you still drink whole milk check out the calories for 16 oz. - 300 calories.

Whenever possible, make water your beverage of choice.  At the least aim to substitute water for at least one sugary beverage daily.  Build upon your success and continue to choose water.  Missing your carbonated, sugary beverage?  Try carbonated water, add slices of fresh fruit or berries.  

Build this new habit for a month and before you know it you'll be making healthy drink choices everyday. 

Remember, small steps to big changes!  


the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
ValerioThe 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.
Valerio Farris currently serves as the IT Coordinator for the Oliver Foundation Teen Board.
Valerio is a Senior at St. Johns School. He has a passion for theatre and is very involved in both performing and directing. He has appeared in many local musical productions with the Houston Grand Opera, Miller Theatre and Opera in the Heights as well as school performances. Valerio is an editor for his school's newspaper, a member of The International Thespian Society, and president of the Italian Club. 
This past semester, Valerio spent four months in Washington DC at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership where he advocated for the platform of childhood obesity.
Valerio's Healthy Tips:
  • Quinoa is considered a "complete source of protein" because it includes all nine essential amino acids. Its high magnesium content makes it the perfect food for good cardiovascular health, as magnesium is the mineral most responsible for relaxing blood vessels.
  • An apple a day really can keep the doctor away: apples are associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease as well as boost your exercise endurance.
  • The bubbles in carbonated water have the ability to fill you up!
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Stop 2048 The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected "Partnering Teens and Tweens to STOP Childhood Obesity: A Teen Mentor Tells All" Submitted by the Oliver foundation to be presented at the National meeting in Houston, Texas at the George R.Brown Convention Center October 21, 2013.
The presentation is about the STOP 2048 program and classes instructed by Baylor College of Medicine and the Oliver Foundation at YES Prep Public High School, Southeast campus, Houston, TX.
The program is Training Health Leader for Today and Tomorrow at YES in communities where health, nutrition and physical activity education are most needed.  The program is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas through its "Healthy Kids, Healthy Families" initiative.
We're proud to give our support to the Oliver Foundation as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families community partner," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas." Because of our commitment to teach kids and families to Make Healthy Choices for Life!, we are now partnering with BCBSTX in the prevention of childhood obesity," said Deborah L. Woehler, MS, RD, LD, Executive Director of the Oliver Foundation.
Read more about the program and partnerships at the Oliver Foundation website.  
 L-32 Water, Water, Everywhere
f&V bulk  GRADE: 2nd - 5th
OBJECTIVE: Students will discover the importance of water in life by figuring out the water content in fruits and vegetables.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Paper Plates
Food Scale
Paper Towels
 Teachers will talk about the importance of water in all kinds of life, reminding students that we are made up of mostly water which is why we need to stay hydrated.  An easy way to see how much water is in nature is by looking at fruits and vegetables; they are also filled with water.
Weigh slices of apples, bananas, potatoes and celery and have students record the weight on a chart.
Leave the food slices out on paper plates, cover with a paper towel and reweigh them daily for 3-5 days.
Once measurements are completed, ask students which food lost the most weight and the least weight.
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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