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Oliver TEAM Talk(R)


May 2015                                                                            Volume 11 Issue 5

Healthy Choices 

Grant Opportunities


National Osteoporosis Month


Congratulations Seniors!


Teens Visit NASA


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


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Oliver Foundation 

Healthy Choices Grants


Level 1, Level 2 


Teen Advisory Board



Next Deadline

July 15, 2015

Establishing 3 E's
Nutrition Grant Program
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications for the E3E program to promote better health and nutrition programs and prevent obesity among preschool children in Texas. 
Grant Deadline
Thursday, June 4, 2015


Summer Conferences


It's Time Texas Summit

June 15-16, 2015

Austin, Texas


Info and Registration 



Texas PTA 

 Leadership Conference

July 17-19, 2015

Dallas, Texas


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Kathrin James
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator


Simple Spring Salad

6 oz. spring mix
1 large grapefruit (or other fruit - strawberries, mandarin oranges)
3 oz. crumbled goat cheese


2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil 
1 Tsp honey 

Whisk together and serve as dressing
Teen Board Visits NASA

The Oliver Foundation Teen Board held their April meeting at NASA. 

Teen Board Parent Kerri Knotts Wilson, aerospace engineer, worked in Mission Operations supporting Shuttle and Space Station as extravehicular activity systems expert training astronauts. Also speaking to the Teens was Jessica Vos, Human Health & Performance and the Orion HNTA Rep and Exercise Devise SM. 

Navy Seal and Astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy (Captain, U.S. Navy) shared his personal experience in space. He spent 6 months on the International Space Station and completed 3 space walks. 
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National Osteoporosis Month
It's never too early to improve the health of your bones.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 85% of bone mass has been achieved by girls at age 18 and boys by the time they reach 20. The teen years are the 
final growth period for your bones; teens should have 1300 mg of calcium 
each day.  Without good bone formation in the teen years, osteoporosis
could be more prevalent in later life. You don't feel your bones weaken.
Breaking a bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis.

How do you prevent osteoporosis?

Three lifestyle factors affecting your bone health are:
Your diet, the type of food you eat.
Getting enough calcium and Vitamin D.
Daily exercise, how much and what type.

How much calcium do you need everyday?

Depending on your age and gender you need from 700 to 1,300 mg of calcium daily. The nutrition facts label is based on 1000 mg of calcium daily.
Good sources of calcium include non-fat dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese.  An 8 oz serving of plain non-fat yogurt can provide as much as 400mg of calcium.

How much vitamin D do you need everyday?

Your body needs vitamin D to absorb vitamin D.  Institute of Medicine recommends 600 IU of vitamin D for most healthy adults.  There are three ways to get vitamin D: Sunlight, Food, Supplements and medications.

Physical Activity
Bone is living tissue just like muscle.  The more you use your muscles the stronger and bigger they get. It is the same for bones, bones need exercise, too.
What type of exercise works best for your bone health?  Impact exercises - either using your own body weight or more resistance.
Weight -bearing exercises include both high and low-impact exercises.
Examples are:
High Impact:                                     Low Impact:
Dancing                                             Elliptical training machines
Hiking                                                Low-impact aerobics
Jogging/Running                                Walking on a treadmill

Swimming is a non-weight bearing exercise, but does not promote bone 
health, even though it is an excellent exercise for muscles and cardio-
vascular health.


Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors

Shelby Barhorst
Texas A & M
 Mays Business School, Business Honors Program
Karina Arnold
University of Oklahoma
Honors College
Kathrin James
   University of            Texas
Cockerll School of Engineering  
Daniel Bunch 
     Texas A & M
Dwight Look College of Engineering

Our graduating seniors were honored  May 3, 2015 at the Senior Award Meeting. We appreciate their passion and dedication as members of the Teen Advisory Board.  We wish them the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.


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.  

Kyle Wilson, Board Member
The Woodlands High School - The Woodlands, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2014-Present 

Kyle is a freshman at The Woodlands High School where he is a member of his school's basketball and Debate teams. He has been Junior Camp Counselor at the NASA Wellness Program where he helped create the fitness program. Kyle enjoys all sports, playing the piano and acting.

Stay Hydrated this Summer!

As we enter into summer this year, it's important we take the appropriate steps to prevent dehydration. Water aids our body in many functions including digestion, transport and absorption of nutrients, getting rid of waste in our body, and maintenance of body temperature. As the heat increases, getting enough to drink is very important whether you're playing sports, traveling or even just sitting in the sun. Every time you're thirsty, you are dehydrated.

Here are 5 ways you can prevent dehydration this summer:

  • Consume foods with high water content (mainly fruits and vegetables, like berries, cucumbers, and melons)
  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times. You'll never know when you just might need it!
  • Set goals for water intake throughout the day (see Water Requirements below).
  • Take frequent water breaks during practices and/or workouts.
  • It is best to exercise in the morning or evening to avoid the extreme heat if possible.

In order to stay safe this summer, drink up! Because you'll need it so that you can go do what summer is meant for, and have some fun.


Water Requirements:

So how do you know how much water you should drink?  Many medical and health professionals say that drinking 1/2 ounce of water per every pound of body weight.  If you are active, this quantity should be increased.


To calculate your personal water requirement, divide your body weight by 2.  The result equals how many ounces of water you should drink daily.


Example:  a 100 pound person should drink 50 ounces of water a day.  (100/2=50).  That's more than three water bottles a day and even more if you are active!


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

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Looking for 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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