OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(r)


February 2015                   American Heart Month        
Volume 11 Issue 2

American Heart Month
Super Bowl Tips
Happy Valentine's Day

Rodeo Contest 
Deadline February 6,2015


Healthy Choices Grant

Next Deadline April 15, 2015


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Heart Healthy Eating
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Healthy eating is easier than you think.  Keep it simple and remember, small steps to big changes.  
When grocery shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store for the majority of your purchases.  You'll find whole, fresh and unprocessed foods in these sections. 

Here are a few simple ideas to create a heart healthy lifestyle.
  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin.
  • Prepare lean meats with no added fats.
  • Select fat-free, 1% fat and low-fat dairy products.
  • Reduce trans-fat in your diet - read the label.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
  • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt.  Aim for 1500mg sodium per day.
  • Keep an eye on your portion sizes.

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YEAH Teem Board Nov2010


Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator



Arugula Beet Salad



8 oz arugula or spring mix

2 medium beets

1 large green apple

1/2 cup salted shelled pistachios



1 T apple cider or balsamic vinegar

3 T olive oil

Reserved beet juice from roasting

Salt to taste



*  Preheat oven to 400 degrees

*  Wash bets, remove greens and wrap individually in foil 

*  Roast beets for 50-60 minutes on cookie sheet until they can be pierced easily.


*  Allow beets to cool, peel and dice.  Reserve juice.

*  Mix beets with chopped apple and pistachios.  Coat with vinegar, oil, beet 

juice and salt, if desired.

*  Serve over arugula or lettuce of choice.


Nutrition Information: 

Beets are high in Vitamins A, B, C, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, phosphorus and iron.


Arugula is high in Calcium, iron, Vitamins A.C, and K.



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When we think of February, most Americans first thoughts are:
  1. The Super Bowl
  2. Valentine's Day
  3. American Heart Month

And they are probably listed in that order, depending whether you are male or female; really all three have to do with our heart and our health.

The average American consumes an extra 1200 -1500 calories on Super Bowl Sunday, generally in high fat snack foods, plus additional alcohol.  Most all of which is NOT heart healthy.  Since the game is played later in the day, go out and get your own physical activity before game time and consume a healthy breakfast/lunch before the game so you are less likely to consume so many high calorie high fat snacks. That means "fill up" on fruits and veggies.


Next comes Valentine's Day, noted for CHOCOLATE.  Lets enjoy the chocolates and sweets in moderation and select dark chocolate, which is richer in antioxidants than lighter chocolate.


Valentines is by far the oldest of the three, dating back to the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt

In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.


 For American Heart Month, remember the heart is a muscle, the most important muscle in our body and must be exercised daily.  Plus to keep the arteries "feeding" our heart healthy we should consume   a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, low in fat, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Whole-grains and high-fiber foods and water are also essential. 


Oliver Foundation 11th Annual Rodeo 2015 Contest


 Are You Ready to Rodeo?

2015 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

March 3 - March 22, 2015 

Deadline to enter is February 6, 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.  

Sky Chen, Board Member 
Quail Valley Middle School - Missouri City, Texas 


Sky is an eighth grader at the Gifted and Talented Academy at Quail Valley Middle School. He is a member of his school's Quiz Bowl competition team, National Junior Honor Society, and competition math team. He plays numerous sports and also enjoys traveling and reading. 


February is American Heart Month. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with about 600,000 people dying every year in the United States alone. The most common of heart diseases is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis may be caused by a buildup of fat plaques in the arteries. This buildup stiffens artery walls and inhibits the blood flow from the heart to the organs and tissues.


Sky's Healthy Tips:

A way to decrease the chances of heart disease is to exercise daily for 30-60 minutes. The 30-60 minutes of exercise does not have to be strenuous. Walking the dog and gardening will still count toward your total. This may seem daunting, but I have found that playing a sport that you are interested in will enable you to forget about the time restrictions, as I usually am having too much fun to think! Getting regular exercise burns calories, and also strengthens the heart. This reduces the chances of getting high blood pressure.


Another way that significantly lessens the chances of developing heart disease is having a healthy diet. Foods that are high in saturated fats and Trans fats like French fries and fried chicken form the fat plaques that clog your arteries and increase your cholesterol. Cutting down on foods high in saturated fats and Trans fats while also adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet decreases the chances of heart disease significantly. That doesn't mean that breakfast, lunch, or dinner will become a boring event, as the foods you enjoy can still be had if you decrease the amount of sauce or butter you add. For example, I still treat myself to pancakes every now and then for breakfast, however I don't add the usual slathering of butter and syrup, instead, I only pour a little syrup in the middle of each pancake.

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

Healthy Choices Nov2010   

Lesson Title: Portion Right
Math - L-40
Grades: 2nd  - 5th

Students will practice measuring foods using 1 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup measurements.  Students will also practice reading nutrition labels on food packages.  


Bowls                                                    Plastic measuring cups
Skim Milk                                               Plastic Spoons
Variety of healthy whole-grain cereals
including their Nutrition Facts label



Teachers - Ask students:  Do you always eat the same amount of cereal each time you have it for breakfast?


- Give each child a bowl. 


- Have the students pour out the amount of cereal they usually eat. Ask them to measure this amount using the measuring cups.


- Have the students compare their usual serving to the Nutrition Facts label.


- Have them measure the serving size from the Nutrition Facts label into their bowl.  Then ask them to measure the suggested serving size of milk.  The students can then eat their example of properly portioned bowl of cereal.


Be sure to tell the students that each cereal box may have a different serving size.  This is why it's always important to pay close attention to the serving size of each Nutrition Facts label. 

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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