OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(r)


January 2015                   Happy New Year!          
Volume 11  Issue 1

OKT Nov2010

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

It's Time Texas
Teach Healthier App



Texas Action for Healthy Kids 

2015 Summit 

Educate, Engage, Advocate!

JJ Pickle

 Commons Learning Center 

10100 Burnet Road  Austin,TX


January 30, 2015 

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM


Keynote Speaker:

Dayle Hayes

Award winning author,nutrition expert, educator and nutrition coach.


 For more information and registration click here


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Funding Opportunities


Oliver Foundation 

Healthy Choices Grant

Next Deadline

April 15, 2015



YEAH Teem Board Nov2010


Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator

Sweet Potato Disks


2-3 Medium Sweet potatoes or yams

1-2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Sea Salt


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Wash sweet potatoes to remove surface dirt, leave skin on.

3. Slice even disks (1/4 inch)

starting at one end of each potato.

4. Toss sliced potatoes with oil and salt and lay out on baking sheet.  Try not to overlap the disks to encourage even roasting.

5. Roast the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes, flip and roast another 5-10 minutes until centers are cooked and slightly charred.


Nutrition Information:

Sweet Potatoes can have orange, yellow or white flesh.  These root vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that supply sustainable energy, regulate blood sugar, provide anti-inflammatory agents and fight cancer.


-The disks stay fresh for up to one week in the refrigerator, but are best when consumed hot & crispy out of the oven.

-Change the flavor by using spices like chili powder and cayenne, honey and cinnamon or garlic and onion powder.


Visit the Oliver Foundation website for more recipes.

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Oliver Grant "Girls on the Run" recipients from Buffalo Creek Elem, Spring Branch ISD and Epps Island Elem, Klein, ISD, participated in the Fall 5K Race held at Bear Creek Park Dec.6, 2014.



H-E-B 3rd Annual Community Challenge

The third-annual H-E-B Community Challenge launched January 1, 2015 and runs through April. This one-of-a-kind competition spans four months and challenges communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. The Challenge unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and leaders toward the common goal of transforming their community's health. 

Click here for more info and how to participate


Holiday Pounds?

It's January 2015 and now you are tackling the task of loosing those holiday pounds.   How did it happen?  You over ate and over drank!  The portions were probably larger with more high fat, high carbohydrate and sugary foods included in your diet for the last six weeks.   You probably also cut back on the daily exercise.  We sometimes forget that 3500 extra calories "IN" means a gain of one pound; does not sound like much, but when taking the pounds off, 3500 calories "LESS" to lose a pound seems excessive.  Remember, it may take longer to "take it off" than it did to put on the pounds.


Start by following an eating and exercise plan that works for you.  Put fruits and vegetables plus whole grains and lean proteins back in your daily eating plan. Cut out the excess fats, sugars, sauces and dips that you had the last month, drink plenty of water and get back into exercising; you will feel better and have more energy too. 


Food Trends for 2015

Cauliflower may be the new Kale for 2015.

Cauliflower or sometimes called  "snow ball" is a cruciferous  (cancer preventive) vegetable, low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

One cup cooked is less than 30 calories and has NO fat.  The beauty of cauliflower is that it can be eaten cooked or raw and it takes on the flavors of the spices and herbs in which it is prepared.  Unlike Kale, it can be grilled, mashed like a potato, crumbled on salads and pizzas, roasted, baked, steamed, pureed, and it makes a great low fat pureed soup.  Cauliflower also comes in white, yellow, green and purple!  Experiment with different spices and seasonings like; curry, cumin, coriander, cardamom, garlic, turmeric, spicy peppers, and more.  Beware and do not over cook, it should be soft with some crunch.


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.   

Bradlee Few, Board member
The Kinkaid School - Houston, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2014 - Present
Bradlee is a junior at The Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. She is the founder and president of the Foodie Club and a member of Varsity Cross Country and Track teams at Kinkaid. Bradlee is president of her National Charity League chapter and active in Jack and Jill of America. She is working towards her Gold Award in Girl Scouts.  

Resolutions in the New Year


January is all about resolutions. These goals range from something as simple as getting more sleep, to things as significant as drastically changing a part of your lifestyle. It is easy to get caught up in the festivities, the excitement of turning over a new leaf, and the enchantment of a new year never before seen; but it is important to remain grounded and set realistic, reachable resolutions. 

Often, resolutions center around health and developing healthier habits. For example, being more active, eating better, sleeping more, or even smiling more. These resolutions are the best resolutions. A healthier lifestyle, an easily attainable goal, can foster happiness and spur other improvements in life. However, finding the right New Year's Resolution for you is sometimes harder than actually following through.

Our culture makes it too simple to over-reach or under-reach, striking a balance between the two is essential in forming a successful resolution. Deciding to drop forty pounds by going on the new fad-diet is not a recommended New Year's Resolution. Yet, introducing more vegetables and lean proteins into your diet, while staying reasonably committed to exercise is a more lasting and achievable alternative. Our busy schedules frequently inhibit us from crossing things off our bucket lists, but January and the New Year is the perfect time to commit ourselves to positive change. Here are some healthy suggestions:


Bradlee's Healthy Tips:

  • Getting outside and exercising!
    • Go to a park by yourself or with friends, take your dog, ride your bike, run or walk. Here in Houston Memorial Park, Hermann Park, and Spot Park are all great places to be active!
  • Introducing healthier foods into your daily diet!
    • Go to a market such as Whole Foods, HEB, Central Market, or even an outdoors farmer's market to experiment with new fruits and vegetables.
    • Find new recipes and cook. Cooking more for yourself is a great way to eat healthier foods more often. 
    • All over the country, especially in Houston, the health-food industry is booming. New restaurants like True Foods and the Fresh Market are popping up all over our city, waiting for you to step through the door and try out their delicious and nutritious menus.
  • Sleeping!
    • Sleep is an essential part of our health that is often pushed to the curb by our busy schedules, but 2015 is the perfect time to add an extra hour onto your list of resolutions.

May your resolutions and promises be strong, and your spirit bright. Don't allow your health to slip through your grip this New Year, happy 2015!



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

Healthy Choices Nov2010   

Lesson Title: 
Investigating and Researching New and Exotic Foods

English/Language Arts - L15
Grades: 2nd  - 5th

Students will practice their writing and research skills using both computers and books as resources.
Books about foods


Choose foods students may not be familiar with and assign students to find as much information about the food as possible.  (Check out the Fruits and Veggies More Matters website for ideas.)  Students can work in groups or individually.  
Some of the information they can include are:
  • Origin
  • History
  • Where and how does it grow?
  • Where does if fit in MyPlate?
  • How can it be prepared?
They can present their research as a written paper, poster or a 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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