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Oliver Foundation Newsletter

Fall Fruits and Vegetables

  November 2013
Volume 9 Issue 8

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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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April 15, 2014


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YEAH Teem Board Nov2010

  Southern Obesity Summit
  November 17-19, 2013
Nashville, TN
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Members Presenting
Danielle Fournier:
 Empowering Youth to Make a Change 

Kathrin James:
Turning a Food Desert into an Oasis

Cameron Markoff:
The Power of a Community: Developing Change

OF Color Nov2010
Gingered Pumpkin Soup
*1 Tbsp. light butter
2 - 15 oz. cans pumpkin
2 - 14 oz. cans low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
*1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in pumpkin, broth, milk, syrup and ginger.  Bring mixture to a boil and season with salt & pepper.
Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds and brown sugar.
* For a lighter version, you can omit the light butter and add more ginger to taste.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
by Teen Board Member 
Karina Arnold
 2 cups fresh raw pumpkin seeds
 2 tsp salt
1.Place pumpkin seeds in medium bowl, add salt and cover with water so top layer is floating. Soak for 30 minutes.
2  Drain seeds and pat dry with paper towel.
3. Place seeds in a single layer  on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
5. Cool and store in an airtight container.

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Fall Fruits and Vegetables 


Texas is a cornucopia of fall fruits and vegetables.  In November you will find beets, green cabbage, carrots of many colors, celery, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, winter squash, sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, pumpkin and other gourd squashes, most all greens - kale, lettuce, arugula.
In Texas we are fortunate to have our great Rio Grand Valley citrus - ruby red grapefruit, lemons, limes and many varieties of oranges which are great additions to winter salads.  The juice of the citrus is a nice substitute for vinegar in salad dressings and for marinates on chicken and fish.  Citrus is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.
We also have apples, pears, pomegranates and cantaloupes in Texas in late fall.  These fruits are great to add fiber, flavor and texture to foods and salads, replacing summer tomatoes.

November ushers in the beginning of the holiday season, which may mean to many people, adding on the pounds, 5-7 or more in an eight-week period.  

So let's have a plan to STOP the holiday bulge:  think about the Texas seasonal fruits and vegetables and how you can make half your plate Texas fruits and vegetables.  Fruits should be fresh; add to salads, entrees or sandwiches.  Vegetables should be cooked in a low fat method - steamed, sautéed, baked or roasted.  Add them to pasta, salads, entrees, omelets or eat fresh as snacks.  Plan your meals around the fresh fruits and vegetables.


Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices Grant Recipients:   
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department Kids and Cops, Inc. Summer Camp
Dulles Middle School, Fort Bend ISD
Turner Elementary, Pasadena ISD
Simon Middle School, Hays ISD
Oyster Creek Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
Missouri City Middle School, Fort Bend ISD
Fort Bend ISD PE Department 
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
Dr. Craig Johnston, Baylor College of Medicine, Danielle Fournier, Oliver Teen Board President and Deborah L. Woehler, MS,RD,LD, Oliver Foundation Executive Director, presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Their presentation title was "Partnering Teens and Tweens to 'STOP' Childhood Obesity, A Teen Mentor Tells All".
The conference of over 10,000 attendees was hosted in Houston, TX.
Congratulations to Missouri City Middle School, Fort Bend ISD
 "MCMS Spins to Health Program" 
Grant funding was used to purchase a Fender Blender Pro Bike from Rock the Bike to teach students how they can make healthy snacks while being physically active. The students have the opportunity to create fruit and vegetable based smoothies with low fat dairy.  One goal of the program is to encourage the students to try new fruits and vegetables.  The blender bike will be used during health classes, after school clubs, Staff Wellness, Parent and other campus events.  MCMS Youth Clubs will also take the bike to nearby elementary schools and teach them the importance of being physically active and eating healthy.  
November is American Diabetes Month

The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®! 
   Meet 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.
Karina Arnold serves as Historian and has been a member since 2012. She is a junior at Houston Christian High School. Karina is an honor roll student, student ambassador, and a member of varsity soccer, cross-country and track teams. She qualified for state in cross-country and soccer and received the most valuable freshman award in track and cross-country. Karina has been one of the captains of the varsity soccer team since sophomore year.
She also broke the 4x800 relay record for her school with three other teammates in track. Karina won the best algebra student award freshman year. Karina was selected to backpack to Turkey in the summer of 2013 with a group of other chosen students from Houston Christian. She is a member of DSP, a class that teaches students how to conduct a problem statement, write research papers and how to properly present. Karina worked at a summer camp for kids, the Nottingham Forest Camp as head of sports.

Karina's Healthy Tips:
Think about healthy snacking with Thanksgiving and the holiday season soon upon us.
Try low fat granola with honey crisp apples; Gold Fish and baked chips with humus in place of fried chips and high fat dips.
Add veggies to pasta, omelets and quesadillas.
Slice squash and grill with a little olive oil, thyme, black pepper and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Grilling Veggie Kabobs are fun and you can add tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers and squash.
Apple-witches: a new kind of sandwich. Spread two thick slices of apple with peanut butter, add granola and press the two slices together to make a sand-witch.

For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website. 

Healthy Choices Nov2010  
 Lesson Title:  
 Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps   elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health.
This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands-on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.


Each Teacher's Guide has three inquiry-driven lessons that help children discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences - all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy.


Level 1: Grades 1 and 2

Level 2: Grades 3  and 4

Level 3: Grades 5 and 6


Each level has three courses.  In the Level 2 curriculum the courses answer each of the following questions:


First course: We Are What We Eat - What choices can you make that help you stay healthy?


Second course:  You Be The Chef - Why is it important to eat a variety of foods from all food groups?


Third course:  The Science of "Sometimes" Foods - What are "sometimes" foods?   Why are they called that?  What can I eat instead?


To download a copy of the curriculum, including original songs, teacher guides and additional resources please visit theTeam Nutrition website. 



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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