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April 2015                                                      Volume 11 Issue 4

Healthy Choices Grant

New Grant Opportunities

Every Kid Healthy Week

April 19-25, 2015


WATCH Fair Activities



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


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April 15, 2015 



2015 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health

Applications Now Available - Deadline to apply: April 27, 2015

The AFE program awards approximately $13,500.00 in CASH prizes to schools and districts that implement effective school health programs to improve the lifelong physical, mental and social well-being of students, staff and the greater school community. Sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, School Health Program and funded by the Texas Health Institute and the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation.


Click here to apply


YEAH Teem Board Nov2010


Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator


Cauliflower Pizza Crust 
4 Large Servings
Large head of cauliflower
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. oregano, basil, red pepper flakes or Italian Spice Blend
Paper towels, nut milk bag or cheesecloth
1 cup or 4 oz. goat cheese
1 cup cooked kale
1/2 onion thinly sliced
2 tsp. butter or olive oil
1. Heat 2 tsp. butter or olive oil over med. heat and cook onion on med-low until caramelized.
2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
3. Roughly chop raw cauliflower and pulverize in a food processor until small rice-like consistency is reached.
4. Steam cauliflower with 1 cup of water for 8 minutes.
5. Allow cauliflower to cool slightly before squeezing out excess water with paper towels or cheesecloth.  Very important to get rid of as much water as possible.  This  should leave about 3 cups of cauliflower.
6. Mix cauliflower, eggs, flax seed and optional spices.
7. Spread mixture out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until 1/4 inch thick.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or edges are slightly browned.
9. Add toppings (goat cheese, kale, onions) and bake for another 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.


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Every Kid Healthy Week 
April 19-25, 2015

Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements and recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week shines a spotlight on the great efforts our school partners are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning - because healthy kids learn better! Everyone in the country can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. Visit the Action for Healthy Kids website by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more info and how to participate

WATCH Health Fair
February 28, 2015

Teen Advisory Board Members Shelby Barhorst, Camryn Odom, Annika Ghandi, Nikita Ghosh, Emily Mueller, Summer Brown and Sky Chen were in charge of the Kids Zone inflatable activities.



Congratulations to the newly elected 


Teen Board Officers


President: Joyce Chen


Vice President: Myles Fucci


Secretary: Nikita Ghosh


Treasurer:  Jahnvi Jain


Historian: Lauren Lowe  


Social Media Coordinator: Sky Chen


Co-Event Coordinators: Bradlee Few & Annika Ghandi


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.  

Summer Brown, Board Member 
First Colony Middle School - Sugar Land, Texas 



Summer is a 7th grader at First Colony Middle School where she is a straight A student. She is a member of Student Council and Orchestra. Summer was the 2014 runner up for the Texas Health Institute Rising Star Award. As a Girl Scout she earned her Silver Award by having a Healthy Eating and Energy workshop for elementary school children.  She also recently secured a Mini-grant from Girl Scouts to build a garden at Armstrong Elementary.  Summer hosted a health booth on Sugary Beverages at the Goodman Elementary Health Fair, teaching kids and parents how much sugar is in popular drinks.  She also took part in a Houston Dynamo Training Session joining other kids for a game of soccer with a former Houston Dynamo player, Brian Ching.  Last year she completed her first Houston Kids Triathlon in 2014.


As we all know, Easter is coming up. Easter egg hunts, Easter bunnies, and everyone's favorite CANDY! Here are a few tips to stay healthy over the Easter holiday.


 Healthy Tips from Summer:


Make it a fun and healthy basket- Try not to fill your Easter baskets with just a bunch of candy. You can add some stickers, books, bubbles, fun sidewalk chalk, and healthy snacks such as goldfish, fruit snacks, and chocolate covered strawberries.


Enjoy your Easter dinner- you don't want to sit down with an empty stomach because you can overeat. Also include some healthy options at the dinner table such as sautéed green beans, a salad, and roasted carrots.


Make a fun reward system- your kids may like to have more Easter candy but change things up a little. Make it to where they have to do an exercise in order to get an extra piece of candy. For example, make them do 10 jumping jacks to earn one candy or 20 jumping jacks for two pieces of candy.


Don't buy too much candy- If you buy too much candy then your kids will want even more. Just buy enough for yourself and to put in your kids Easter baskets.


Easter Fun- Doing Easter crafts with your kids can take their minds off the candy in their Easter baskets. Some crafts you can do are decorating Easter eggs, make fun Easter cards and have an Easter egg hunt in your backyard.


      Have a healthy and fun Easter using these tips


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

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Lesson: Water, Water Everywhere!
Grades: 2nd - 5th 

Objective:  Students will find out the importance of water in life by figuring out the water content in fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables
Food Scale
Paper towels
Paper plates
Teachers will talk about the importance of water in all kinds of life, reminding students that we are made up of mostly water which is why we need to stay hydrated.  An easy way to see how much water is in nature is by looking at fruits and vegetables; they are also filled with water.
  • Weigh slices of apples, bananas, potatoes and celery and have students record the weight on a chart.
  • Leave the food slices out on paper plates, cover with a paper towel and reweigh them daily for 3-5 days.
Once measurements are complete, ask students which food lost the most and least weight.  Speculate on the reasons why.



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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