OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(r)


December 2014                       Happy Holidays!
Volume 10  Issue 9

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

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year
to you and your family
from the 
Oliver Foundation

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Funding Opportunities


Oliver Foundation 

Healthy Choices Grant

Next Deadline

April 15, 2015

 October 15, 2014


Grant Recipients


Austin Parkway Elementary
Fort Bend ISD
"Moving to Healthier and Smarter Students"


Oak Hill Elementary

Austin ISD

"Growing Healthy Kids" 


Carpenter Elementary, 

Deer Park ISD


Sam Houston Elementary
 McAllen ISD
Were awarded grants for the after school and summer camp program: 

"Making Healthy Living a Year-round Success in Texas Recreation and Park Society.


YEAH Teem Board Nov2010


Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator

Winter Kale Salad


-2 cups kale (can be raw or cooked)

-1/2 medium avocado, diced

-1/2 cup cooked quinoa

-1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

-Serving of protein: sliced chicken, turkey, salmon


Additional topping ideas: feta, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds


Mix ingredients together, top with protein, and serve with dressing, if desired. Dressing ideas include balsamic vinaigrette or olive oil with lemon juice


The recipe can easily be doubled or adjusted to accommodate more people


Kale and pomegranate are in season during the winter. 

This recipe is full of whole nutrient dense foods and has a mix of healthy carbs, fats, and protein.

Visit the Oliver Foundation website for more recipes.

Make Healthy Choices this Holiday Season! 

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Beware of Holiday Beverages


Think your drink! We always talk about the calories in holiday foods, but what about the beverages we consume? Sometimes there may be more calories in the beverages than the food. 


Beverages can range from zero (0) calories to a whooping 550 or more. Let's take a look.


A favorite holiday drink from Starbucks, the Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (Grande) comes in at 550 calories. Most of the other regular holiday coffee drinks are in the 470-600 calorie range with holiday ice cream shakes topping out at over 1250 calories.


Even our holiday favorite eggnog is 175 calories for 4 ounces or cup and who drinks just 4 ounces?


Drinks like Margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris with added sugars are in the 300-450 plus range depending on size. 


Wine and champagne - just 4 ounces is 80-120 calories.


So not only do we have the added calorie problem, its portion size too. Portions are generally calculated on 3-4 ounces so don't let yourself be fooled into thinking you are drinking 100 calories when the portion is really 300 calories. 


Do the math: it takes 3500 calories to add a pound of body fat. A holiday latte 4 times a week for the month will add over two (2) pounds of weight; sugary mixed drinks add well over a pound and we have not even considered the food.  



Order coffee and lattes with skim milk, skip the cream, lite eggnog and cut down the number per week- it's supposed to be a special treat.


Mix drinks with low calorie or diet mixers, lite fruit juices or sparkling waters.


Try low or zero calorie beverages like sparkling or flat flavored waters. Add a slice of lemon, lime or orange.  Try strawberries or pomegranate seeds for flavor and color, plus these beverages are much better with food. If you have the high calorie drinks, have a zero calorie drink second. 


Lastly, get a plan and remember- beverage calories add up!

Oliver Foundation 11th Annual Rodeo 2015 Contest


 Are You Ready to Rodeo?

2015 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

March 3 - March 22, 2015


It's Rodeo time again in Houston, so get out your hats and shine up your boots! Send us those healthy activities and win a chance to go the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. We want to know what types of Healthy Activities are occurring on your campus.


For instructions and entry CLICK HERE


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.     
Amanda Stoner, Board Member 2013-Present
Amanda is a sophomore at St.John XXIII College Preparatory and IT Coordinator for the Teen Board. She is on the varsity cheerleading squad at her school. She was also selected to the Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American cheer squad. Amanda participates in a competitive cheer program and an advanced tumbling program. She earned the title of Texas State Floor Champion in the spring of 2012 as a member of a competitive USAG gymnastics team. She volunteers at her church, the Houston Food Bank, the Downs Syndrome Association and the Houston Children's Festival. In her free time, Amanda enjoys listening to music, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Amanda's Healthy Holiday Tips:


From the beginning of December to New Year's Day, there is so much happening! With all the school, club, religious functions, in addition to family gatherings, it can be easy to eat too much of the wrong foods and drink too many sugary drinks. Also, we teens have the additional stress of mid-term exams during December. Hopefully, these tips will help you balance your life during the holiday season.


1. Concentrate on eating your food slower and enjoy the food.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables and watch out for that fattening dip.

3. Let family, friends and fun be your focus so the food isn't the spotlight.

4. Eat only the foods you really love.

5. Kick up your exercise routine.  Get your friends together and participate in one of the many fun runs around Houston and the suburbs.

6. Juice at least one meal a day on the weekends. This will help improve your energy level and may improve the appearance of your skin.

7. Limit those coffee shop holiday beverages, which are loaded with sugar and calories. Instead choose hot apple cider tea, diet lemon lime soda with a splash of cranberry juice or low sugar hot chocolate.

8. Drink more water. Add lemon, lime or orange slices to it to improve the taste. Also frozen berries or cucumbers are great in water too.

9. Drink sparkling mineral water if you want a drink with fizz.

10. Last, be realistic, make a plan for how to handle all the activities, so you try to make the best decisions and have fun!

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

Healthy Choices Nov2010   
Rainbow Relay
Physical Education - L61
Grades: K  - 5th

Students will learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables while performing physical activity.  They will also learn the colors of the rainbow and identify fruits and vegetables that are the same color:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  



Fruit and Vegetable pictures           Scissors
(from magazines or newspapers)     Markers
Large rainbow poster                      Crayons
Construction Paper 

Teachers - create a rainbow bulletin board.  Cut out fruits and vegetables from magazines and newspapers or make your own out of colored construction paper.


Remind the class that it is important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday and that they should aim to eat one from each of the color of the rainbow.


Divide the students up into equal teams.  Each team has 2+ fruits or vegetables per student that they have to place on the correct color of the bulletin board across the room. 


One member from each team takes turns by hopping, skipping or crab walking across the room to the rainbow to post their fruit or veggie.


Then run back and tag the next team member so the next team member can participate.  The first team that posts all their pictures wins the relay. 


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

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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