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

Texas Obesity
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September 9 - 13, 2014 
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Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices Grant


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 Southern Obesity Summit
October 5-7, 2014
Louisville, KY

Teen Board Members Presenting:
Kathrin James
Bradlee Few
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
October 18-21, 2014
Atlanta, GA

Poster Presentation 
Deborah L. Woehler,MS,RD,LD
 Executive Director
Oliver Foundation

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Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator
15 oz. can drained and rinsed garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
3/4 cup roasted red peppers (either fresh or jarred)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 cloves minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t salt
pinch cayenne pepper

Blend everything but red peppers and beans in a food processor until smooth. Add rinsed garbanzo beans and puree until smooth. Add red peppers (if using) and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Serve with vegetables or crackers. 

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Healthy Choices Nov2010  









Back To School


It's "back to school" and time to be thinking and planning for healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks for your kids.  After a summer of perhaps unscheduled meals and snacks, its time to get back on the school schedule, which means starting the day with breakfast so you and your kids have the fuel in your bodies to study and work. Yes, all of you should be eating breakfast, so as the parent or if you are the teacher at school, you need to set the example and be the role model. Breakfast on the run (a sandwich or tortilla with cheese) is better than no breakfast at all; add milk and fruit!


At the Oliver Foundation we suggest you review our 7 Healthy Habits with your kids to make smart choices.   Lets take a different approach this year and sit down with your kids and discuss what they will eat and like for meals and snacks.  How many times have I heard adults say, " my mom always packed (a certain type of food or sandwich not liked) so I traded it out or threw it away."  Perhaps we can get some compromise; foods the kids like, and foods that are healthy too. This takes some planning together.  Even if your child wants basically the same breakfast, lunch and snacks every day- that is much better if:


1. They actually eat them.

2. They include fruits and vegetables- ones they like.

3. Low fat milk, cheese and/or yogurt are included three or more times a day

4. A Protein source: poultry, meat, cheese, nuts or peanut better is included

5. Water is essential in the Texas heat and sun.

6. Your child finds a special treat or dessert in the lunch.


To ensure healthy after school snacks, you need to have them handy and ready to eat in the fridge and in your home. Kids will not come home from school and cut up fruit and vegetables for a snack, so have them ready to eat. Many of the kids have school lunch at 10:45 AM so by 4 PM they are "starving" and ready to eat the first food in site. Our motto "if you have healthy foods available kids will eat them, likewise, if all the choices are not so healthy, they will eat those too."

  Healthy Choices Nov2010

Choose 5-A-Day servings of fruits & vegetables!


Have more water & less sugary beverages!


Opt for healthy snacks!


Increase active play & decrease screen time!


Choose 3-A-Day servings of low-fat dairy products!


Enjoy a Healthy breakfast!


Serve a smart portion size!

Oliver Foundation News


Oliver Teen Advisory Board Secretary Nikita Ghosh, President Shelby Barhorst, Vice President Joyce Chen, and Historian Karina Arnold presented "Peer Mentoring: Move Forward with Youth" at the 2014 It's Time Texas Summit in Austin, TX.  The 4th Annual Summit was attended by over 300 health champions committed to making healthy the norm.  
Oliver Foundation Healthy Choices Grant Recipients

Healthy Choices Grants were awarded July 15, 2014 to:

Nottingham Elementary, Spring Branch ISD - Moving 'N Grooving
Houston ISD Nutrition Dept. - Culinary Club: Eating for the Health of It
Girls on the Run Greater Houston
Holy Family Catholic School, Fort Worth, TX - First Tee National Golf
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.

 Daniel Bunch has been a member of the Teen Board since 2013 and is a senior at Houston Christian High School. He is both an athlete and a scholar, currently in the top ten percent of his class. He plays basketball and lacrosse. Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society and school band. He enjoys peer tutoring, is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Daniel's Healthy Tips for Back to School

Balance is Key: School, Sports, and Eating Healthy


It's been a long and exciting summer, but it is now time to head back to school. Speaking from experience, the school year can be difficult to manage if you do not take time to create a plan to balance out the different aspects of your life. The beginning of the school year is often a crazy mess an often times healthy eating can fall through the cracks if the proper balance cannot be found.


For me I have always found that taking a little bit of time at the beginning of the week to create a schedule can help mentally prepare you and avoid becoming swamped. The first few weeks of school are always difficult as teachers assign work and you have to get back into the homework mindset. Combined with fall sports it is very easy to get overloaded and feel like you are losing control. Creating a schedule with all of your homework, test, and project due dates as well as sporting events can empower you and give yourself a mental boost.


Once you have created a schedule with all of your school and extracurricular activities it is important to schedule as many meals at home at possible. By going out of your way to eat at your house, either by yourself or with your family, you make a commitment to avoid fast food and choose healthier options. Also, these family times will help build strong bonds and will provide a necessary recharge time between all the busy work for your other activities.


I have found that creating a schedule in my life has helped me stay focused on all my activities and avoid getting under water. I believe that creating a schedule can help you find the time to find balance in your own life as well.

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

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 Lesson Title: Healthy Messages

Start the year out with teaching healthy messages.   
ELA- L18
Grades: 2nd  - 5th

Objective:  Students will practice their writing skills while learning how to practice a healthy lifestyle.


Daily writing assignments are part of everyday class time.  Teachers can assign students to write healthy messages using the seven Make Healthy Choices for Life! messages as writing prompts.
            Choose 5-A-Day servings of fruits & vegetables!


            Have more water & less sugary beverages!


            Opt for healthy snacks!


            Increase active play & decrease screen time!


            Choose 3-A-Day servings of low-fat dairy products!


            Enjoy a Healthy breakfast!


            Serve a smart portion size!
Each week the teacher can focus on one of the messages and ask the students to write about:
  • How will they accomplish those recommendations?
  • What will be difficult and easy about following the healthy message?
  • Why do they think it's important to follow that message?
    Students can present their message as a written piece, poster or powerpoint presentation.                                      
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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