Oliver TEAM Purp Nov2010

Increase Active Play and Decrease Screen Time! 
Check for Oliver Foundation Grant
  May 2013
Volume 9   Issue  
In This Issue
Healthy Choices Grant
Increase Physical Activity
Decrease Screen Time
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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Next Deadline:

July 15, 2013



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  It's Time Summit
June 24, 2013
Austin, TX
Today's Teens Making a Healthy Life for Others
Presented by Teen Board Members:
Danielle Fournier, President
Kathrin James,
Teen Board Member

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 Ricotta and Tomato Toast

One slice of whole-wheat bread


1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 



Small beefsteak tomato


Fresh basil leaves


1/4 tsp. olive oil




Black pepper


Toast the bread.
Spread the ricotta cheese on the toast.
Top the cheese with a couple slices of tomato.
Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper 

Visit the Oliver Foundation website for more recipes.


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The Oliver Foundation has awarded six Healthy Choices grants to the following schools:
Dulles Middle School -   
Sugar Land, TX
Turner Elementary School - Pasadena, TX
Simon Elementary School - Kyle, TX
Oyster Creek Elementary -Sugar Land, TX
Missouri City Middle School - Missouri City, TX
Ft. Bend Independent School District PE Dept. - Sugar Land , TX


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Increase Physical Activity               


Think it's too hard to be physically active?  It doesn't have to be.    


Children, 6-12 years old should get at least 60 minutes a day.  

Adults should get 150 minutes of exercise every week.


Don't worry if you can't find more than 10 minutes at time to get moving, you can accumulate your minutes throughout the day.


Walk Whenever Possible 

  • Walk instead of drive, whenever you can
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
  • Take the dog on longer walks


Move More in Your Home

  • Garden or make home repairs
  • Do yard work
  • Wash the car by hand


Live Actively

  • Join an exercise group
  • Enroll your children in community sports teams or lessons
  • Avoid using a remote control
  • Dance to music with your kids



Before you know it you'll find that you've accumulated at least 60 minutes each day.  Try it today, small steps to big changes.

Decrease Screen Time

Meal planning  


Limiting screen time for children ages 8 - 18 can be a challenge.

"Screen time" means television screens, computer monitors, and even the handheld devices we use for checking email, listening to music, watching TV, and playing video games on the go.


Health experts say screen time at home should be limited to two hours or less a day. The time we spend in front of the screen, unless it's work- or homework-related, could be better spent being more physically active (increasing our energy out).



Talk to your family.   Explain to your kids that it's important to sit less and move more in order to stay at a healthy weight. 


Make Screen Time = Active Time.  When you do spend time in front of the screen, do something active. Stretch, do yoga and/or lift weights during TV commercials.  


Set Screen Time Limits. Create a house rule and enforce the rule - no more than two hours every day.  


Don't Use TV Time as Reward or Punishment.  This makes TV seem  more important to children.  



Set a Good Example.  You need to approach this as a family. Don't make it one of those do as I say, not as I do moments.





the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
Sydney8The 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.
Sydney Fucci currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the Oliver Foundation Teen Board. She has been on the board since 2009.
Sydney is a junior at St. Agnes Academy.  She is a member of Student Council and an active tennis player on the varsity team.  She volunteers at the Juvenile Diabetes Run and the Sisters Network Annual Breast Cancer Walk for the past three years.  Sydney has a love for languages and is working on her third, French.  She also has a love for fashion design and hope to pursue this as her career choice.
  • Try new recipes!  As the Event Coordinator I've been able to bring new recipes, new foods and my love for cooking to the Teen Board. 
  • Add fruits and vegetables to every meal.  Add a new fruit or vegetable each week.
  • Plan to cook at least once a week.  People get intimidated by cooking, but don't be afraid.  It's alot easier than it looks.
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.
Congratulations to our Graduating Teen Board Members
Please join us in congratulating our graduating Teen Board Members.
Valerio Farris is graduating from St. John's School.  He is attending New York University. 
 Tatiana Mar 2013
 Tatiana Jessen is graduating from the Woodlands High School.  She is attending the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, Austin.
Grant Mueller is graduating from Strake Jesuit Preparatory.  He is attending the University of Pennsylvania. 
The Oliver Foundation is very proud of our graduating Teen Board members. We know they will continue to excel in their college years. 
Healthy Choices Nov2010  
 Lesson Title:  Rainbow Relay
Rainbow fv 
GRADE: K - 5th
OBJECTIVE: Students will learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables while performing physical activity.  They will also learn the colors of the rainbow and identify fruits and vegetables that are the same color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Fruits & vegetable pictures
Large rainbow poster (made by the teacher)
Construction paper
Place the rainbow poster on one side of the room.  Cut our fruits and vegetables from magazines and newspapers or make your own out of colored construction paper.
Remind the class it's important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday and they should aim to eat one from each of the color of the rainbow.
Divide the students into equal teams. Each team has 2+ fruits and vegetables per student. The goal is to post the fruit or veggie on the correct color of the rainbow poster.
One at a time, a child takes a fruit or veggie and has to hop, skip or crab walk across the room to post it on the rainbow poster.
Then run back and tag the next team member so that they can start. Whichever team gets all their fruits and vegetables posted first wins the relay.
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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