Oliver TEAM Purp Nov2010

Healthy Tips for Back to School
Check for Oliver Foundation Grant
  September 2013
Volume 9   Issue 6 
In This Issue
Healthy Choices Grant
Eating Healthy at School
September Events
Teen Advisory Board
Integrated Curriculum

OKT Nov2010

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


Texas Obesity 

Awareness Week

  September 8-14, 2013

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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:

October 15, 2013



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YEAH Teem Board Nov2010

  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
October 21, 2013
Houston, TX
How Dietitians and Teens Partner to "STOP" Childhood Obesity
Presented by 
Deborah L. Woehler,MS,RD,LD
 Executive Director
Oliver Foundation
Danielle Fournier
Teen Board President
  Craig Johnston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

OF Color Nov2010
 Papaya Salsa
2 cups papaya -peeled, seeded, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, 1/4 inch cubes
1/3 cup finely chopped    red onion
1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeno
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all together. Serve over grilled fish or chicken.

The papaya is a melon like fruit with yellow-orange flesh enclosed in a thin skin that varies in color from green to orange to rose. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, fiber, no fat, no cholesterol, low in sodium and only about 70 calories per cup.

Visit the Oliver Foundation website for more recipes.


OF Color Nov2010
The Oliver Foundation has awarded seven Healthy Choices grants to the following schools and Summer Programs
Fort Bend County Kids and Cops, Inc. Summer Camp
Fort Bend County, TX
Dulles Middle School    
Sugar Land, TX
Turner Elementary School - Pasadena, TX
Simon Middle 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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Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy at School             



We know that the majority of students in elementary and middle school do eat lunch in the school cafeteria, plus many high school students.


As teachers,food service and cafeteria staff,it is our job to help kids make the "best" and "healthiest" choices from school lunch and breakfast.                                 NSLP Tray


Recent news about changes to school lunch menus is exciting and long awaited, but many schools are still challenged by how to help children eat healthier while at school.

Below are some suggestions food service staff and teachers can do encourage kids to eat healthier.

  • Promote nutrition throughout the school. Include announcements about nutrition and healthy lunch options during the morning announcements and have the teachers reinforce the ideas right before going to lunch.
  • Arrange food so that the healthiest choices are at the children's eye level,at both the beginning and end of the line.
  • Create a healthy tray and place at the beginning of the food line at eye level of the students.
  • Place the low-fat or skim milk at the front of the milk case for easier access.
  • Provide a variety of healthy vegetable and fruit offerings.  
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              Join the Oliver Foundation    
the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board
The Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board is a 12-18 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.

Oliver foundation Bio Cameron Markoff

Cameron Markoff serves as Treasurer and has been a member of the Teen Board since 2010.  Cameron is a senior at Emery/Weiner High School where he is President of the student body. He is active in sports, student government, community service and is a member of National Honor Society.  He volunteers at the Refugee Center, the Benavidez School and the Houston Food Bank.  He recently spent three weeks touring East Africa.  Cameron has attended Blue Star Camp for the past nine years and was awarded the Ultimate Teen Award.  He enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and traveling.



  Cameron's HEALTHY TIPS:  
  • Eat Bananas - Heart Healthy, rich in potassium
  • Avocados - For dry skin, incorporate avocados into your diet. They are rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin.
  • Drink water - Staying hydrated keeps you more energized and able to exercise more without fatigue.
  • Apples - When I was a young child I would never eat the apple slices in my lunch box as they had turned brown and I would throw them away. My Mom started putting a little orange juice with them so they would stay nice & white. She also added fresh cut up pineapple to pears.  So, I recommend adding acid like orange juice, pineapple or even lemon or lime juice to apples and pears so kids will eat them.
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.

Congratulations to Fort Bend County Kids & Cops Camp
Oliver Foundation Summer Program Grant Recipient

Healthy Choices Nov2010  
 Lesson Title:  Healthy Messages
GRADE: 2nd - 5th
OBJECTIVE: Students will practice their writing skills while thinking of how to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Daily writing assignments are part of every class time.  Teachers can assign students to write healthy messages using the CHOICES 7 healthy messages as writing prompts. 
C - Choose 5-A-Day servings of fruits & vegetables!
H - Have more water & less sugary beverages!
O - Opt for healthy snacks!
I -  Increase active play & decrease screen time!
C - Choose 3 A-Day servings of low fat dairy!  
E - Enjoy a healthy breakfast!
S - Serve a smart portion size!

Each week the teacher can focus one one of the messages and have the students write about:
  • How will they accomplish those recommendations?
  • What will be difficult and easy about the healthy message?
  • Why do they think it is important to follow that message?  
 Students can present their message as a written piece, poster or discuss in a group setting. 

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.

Healthy Choices Nov2010

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