Oliver TEAM Purp Nov2010

News From the Oliver Foundation

Spring Activities
Grant Deadline April 15, 2014

  April 2014
Volume 10 Issue 4

OF Color Nov2010
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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.


Award Amount



Next Deadline

April 15, 2014



For more information, click here.  


Quick & Nutritious Snack Ideas
  • String cheese and fruit
  • Raw vegetables (baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices) and low-fat salad dressing or yogurt dip
  • Fresh fruit (apples, pears)  and a cheese stick
  • Snack size applesauce with no added sugar
  • Whole-grain cereal with fat-free milk
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Non-fat yogurt


YEAH Teem Board Nov2010   
Teen Board Mentoring


Would you like a teen board member to come and talk to your students?


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Fishing and Healthy Eating

As Spring approaches, many of us plan outside activities and for the Gulf Coast region that may be fishing.  At the Oliver Foundation we decided to ask professional fisherman, Captain Mike Colby, about sustainable fishing and healthy eating. The Texas 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season will be 40 days, opening June 1, 2014, and closing July 11, 2014.


From Captain Colby:

As a professional charter fisherman and licensed captain in the state of Florida,

 I have provided fishing trips for people from all over the United States.  After my crew has cleaned, bagged and iced the day's catch, 9 out of 10 customers on my boat will remark "there is nothing like having fresh fish".  I suppose many in the fishing industry may become jaded with certain daily routines in fishing, but I never tire of knowing the satisfaction that comes from eating fresh caught seafood.    

Read more from Captain Colby.  

WATCH Health Fair
The Annual WATCH Health Fair in Sugar Land Town Square on March 1st was a great success! The members of the Oliver Foundation Teen Board enjoyed exercising alongside the little children, encouraging them to be more active, and having fun in the process.  This was the 7th annual Health Fair sponsored by FBISD and the Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance.

Teen Board WATCH Week Activity
Sydney Fucci, Joyce Chen, Nikita Ghosh, and Jahnvi Jain of the Teen Advisory Board visited Lexington Creek Elementary, Fort Bend ISD during FBISD WATCH Week to teach 4th and 5th graders about healthy breakfasts and fun ways to get active!
The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids'"State Dinner"  

Know a kid that loves to cook? Tell them about this nationwide recipe challenge now!

Together, with the help of their parents, children ages 8 - 12 years old are invited to submit an original lunch recipe inspired by MyPlate. They could win the chance to attend the Kids' "State Dinner" hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C. 

Entries must be received by April 5,2014 for a chance to win! 

To learn more about this amazing opportunity and to enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, visit:  


School Breakfast Grants
Need Funding?  We've got it. Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, and the Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund, (and more!) Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.  Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change. 

For more information, click on link below.   


   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.
Joyce Chen, Board Member
Joyce is a sophomore at Elkins High School,FBISD and has been a board member since 2013. She is a member of Student Council and Key Club, as well as the founding president of an economics competition club and the first editor-in-chief of her school newspaper. 
Joyce has served as co-captain of a national championship competitive
cheerleading team.  Having attended school in three countries, she also enjoys literature, style, the news and walking through city streets. 

Joyce's Healthy Tips:

As the school year begins to wind down, students have to tackle important tests, from STARR to the SATs. Remember to always eat a healthy breakfast full of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein so that your brain has a steady supply of energy to ace those tests. The protein in foods like eggs, low fat milk, cheese and yogurt will keep you satisfied all day. I like to eat an omelet filled with cheese, bell peppers, and mushrooms for breakfast.


If you get hungry studying, consider a nutritional snack of fresh fruit with yogurt- quick, easy, and good for your body. Add some water too. I eat a serving of fruit with breakfast, lunch, and as a snack. The vitamins in the fruit will also help your brain function more efficiently, unlike junk foods, which are usually high in fat. Still getting tired? Take a brain break. Exercise pumps blood throughout your body, improves your memory capacity, and keeps your brain from aging prematurely. Your brain can thank you later!



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

Healthy Choices Nov2010

Lesson Title:  Reading Food Labels                          
English Language Arts
Grades 3rd - 5th

Students will learn how to read the nutrition facts on food labels. 


Food Labels Worksheets
Food Packages - 1 per student
Transparency made from food label


Teachers will go through the information included in food labels using transparency of a food label.  Bring in a variety of food packages and teach students how to read food labels and why they need to pay attention to them when shopping with their parents.  Discuss which items are good for you and which items should be in small amounts and why.


Limit these nutrients:     Get enough of these nutrients:

Total Fat                        Dietary Fiber

Sat Fat                           Vitamin A

Trans Fat                        Vitamin C

Cholesterol                     Calcium

Sodium                           Iron


There should be examples of healthy and unhealthy foods:  high fat, high calorie, low fat and reduced calorie foods.


The students will then answer the questions on the worksheet for three of the food packages. 


Extension:  Make a chart to compare items in foods such as:  calories, fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, fiber and protein.



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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