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Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator

No Bake Pumpkin Pie
1.5 cups (10 oz) pitted dates 
2 cups almonds, walnuts or pecans

1.5 cups raw cashews with 3/4 cup water
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1 cup dates
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1.Soften dates and pulse in food processor with nuts until sticky, crumbly dough forms.
2. Press mixture into pie pan, forming uniform 1/4 in thick crust.
3. Refrigerate and prepare filling.

4. Place cashews and water in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
5. Add in softened dates, process until smooth.
6, Add pumpkin and spices, mixing thoroughly.
7. Pour into pie pan, chill/freeze and serve.


Visit the Oliver Foundation website for more recipes.

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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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National School Lunch Week

"Get in the Game with School Lunch" is the celebration theme for National School Lunch Week Oct. 13-17, 2014. It's all about emphasizing the importance of balancing healthy eating and physical activity for kids according to the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Check the SNA website for resources. SNA Website


At the Oliver Foundation, we conducted extensive studies with Baylor College of Medicine to evaluate the health benefits of school lunch vs. lunches brought from home.  We found that kids who consumed the school lunch ate significant more fruits, vegetables and drank more milk.  School lunches proved to be the healthiest choices for elementary age students in the Houston area.  For the complete article click here: School Lunch Article 


Halloween- It's the most popular day of the year for kids after Christmas.  Who does not remember dressing up and trick or treating the neighborhood, friend's homes or school?  Plus the best of all was coming home with the bag full of candy, which we tried to eat that night, to our parent's disapproval. 

I always tried to "trade" out my favorites from my sisters and brother. 


Parents, I know we are being health responsible in 2014 so try these tips. Let your kids have a fun and safe night.  Provide healthy and portion right treats for the kids - such as:

  • Mini sized, one ounce or less, individually wrapped candy bars or pieces.
  • Mini sized packages of pretzels, popped corn, gum, jelly beans, M & M's, cookies, granola bars; snack packs such as trail mix, raisins, crackers, dried fruit (DO NOT give out packages of nuts due to food allergies) Non- food treats are always the safest!
  • 100% juice boxes; non-candy Halloween treats such as stickers, bookmarks, tattoos, erasers, and pencils
  • Let the kids select their treat. 

Halloween is probably the one day that we need to be realistic; kids are going to eat candy- NOT FRUIT. So parents and kids need to have a plan.

  • Eat a nutritious meal before going trick-or-treating, so children are not hungry and only want to eat candy that night.
  • Plan ahead of time, with your child, the number of treats they can have each day after Halloween.  Will they be a treat after dinner with some apple slices? Pack one with school lunch?  Will they be part of the healthy after school snack?  You and your child need to establish a healthy plan that works and show your child that they can enjoy their candy for weeks to follow.  If you make the plan with your child, stick with it.
  • Keep candy out of reach to prevent continuous and mindless eating of candy.
  • Make sure all meals and snacks include fruits, vegetables and milk
  • Lastly, do not use the candy as a tool to get your kids to eat vegetables and other foods they do not like, if you do they will never eat them as an adult. Plus that is not living up to your plan as a parent.  So I suggest you write out the plan and post it where everyone can see it.


Oliver Teen Advisory Board News 


Texas Rising Star Award


Teen Board Member, Summer Brown, was recently named Runner Up for the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living's Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is for Texan youth leaders in obesity prevention. Summer is a 7th grade student at First Colony Middle School in Fort Bend ISD and was one of the youngest students from across the state to apply.  She was recognized at the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony held at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas on September 9, 2014.  


Fort Bend ISD Care to Chat

Teen Board Members Kathrin James, Joyce Chen, Jahnvi Jain and Sky Chen presented an informal, interactive panel discussion with parents on eating healthy, learning how to shop smart, read food labels and tips on healthy eating from a teen's perspective.

Care to Chat is a newly redesigned, FBISD adult only series filled with helpful advice and information for parents and caretakers of all ages.


Healthy Choices Grant Recipients April - July 2014 
Brazos Bend Elem
Epps Island Elem
Martin Elem
YES Prep
Turner Elem
Condit Elem
Top L-R: Brazos Bend Elem, Fort Bend ISD; Epps Island Elem, Klein ISD; Martin Elem, Alief ISD; Bottom L-R: YES Prep; Turner Elem, Pasadena ISD; Condit Elem, Houston ISD.

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.     
Camryn Odom, Board Member 2013-Present  
Camryn is a junior at St. Agnes Academy where she plays both junior varsity field hockey and lacrosse. She serves as Captain of the lacrosse team and was voted 2013 Defensive Player of the Year. Camryn is a member of Jack and Jill of America and serves on the nominating committee. She is a brown belt in karate and will test for her black belt later this year. She recently volunteered at Woodson Leadership Academy ad South Central region Impact Day with the city of Prairie View. She loves fishing, going to the movies and hanging out with her friends. Camryn plans to attend Spelman College in Atlanta and then pursue her passion for animals by becoming a veterinarian. 

Camryn's Healthy Tips 

One major problem that our youth have to face every day when it comes to healthy choices is with their school lunches. At St. Agnes we have a wide variety of foods both healthy and fattening. And just like every other teen I sometimes tend to find myself choosing a lunch that isn't as nutritious as it should be. To avoid making unhealthy choose I try to bring my lunch from home as much as possible. My lunch will usually consist of assorted diced fruits including: strawberries, cantaloupe, melon, and watermelon, a vegetable tray that consist of carrots, broccoli, cubed cheese, and hummus for dipping. Along with this I either have a water bottle or Capri Sun to complete my lunch. If I do happen to buy lunch at school I always try and go with the salad bar or pasta bar that the school provides.


When it comes to staying healthy you have to always exercise regularly in addition to eating healthy. I stay active by playing Field Hockey for St. Agnes Academy. Every practice we undergo thirty minutes of conditioning which includes, cardio workouts as well as a timed mile once every week. After the season is over I stay active by doing Zumba with my mother on weekends, and working out at 1st Class Training Gym two times a week. Most people think it is challenging trying to balance healthy eating and regular exercise in their life. However, I have found that if you find something that works for you and something that you enjoy doing you can be surprised in what you can accomplish.


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

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 Lesson Title: Pumpkin Facts - Halloween Fun

GRADE: K - 5th
Students will practice reading and writing, learning facts about Pumpkins.
Fruit Fun Facts Handouts
Teachers will read the Pumpkin Fun Fact Sheet with the students.
Students can "feel" the pumpkin, part of the five senses.  Teacher can cut the pumpkin and let the students see and feel the seeds. Students can then write about the feel and nutrition facts. Give instruction on how the seeds can be roasted and eaten as a snack.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Take home recipe for students)
1. Separate seeds from the pumpkin fiber.
2. Rinse with water and pat dry on a paper towel.
3. In a small bowl, toss the seeds with 2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt.
4. Transfer the seeds to a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until light brown.
Cool before snacking.
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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