OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(R)


September 2015                                                                Volume 11 Issue 6

Conferences & Events

Texas Obesity Awareness Week
September 13-19, 2015

8th Annual
 Texas Health
Champion Award Ceremony
Blanton Museum of Art
September 15, 2015 
5:00 - 7:30 PM

9th Annual
 Southern Obesity Summit
November 15-17, 2015
Jackson Marriott Downtown
Jackson, MS

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

Join Our Mailing List 

Oliver Foundation 
Healthy Choices Grants
Level 1, Level 2 
Teen Advisory Board
Next Deadline
October 15, 2015

YEAH Teem Board Nov2010

Bradlee Few
Teen Board 
Events Coordinator


Zucchini Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup fat free milk
2 TBLS canola oil
2 TBLS honey
1 large egg
Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine first 7 ingredients and stir with whisk.

Combine zucchini, milk, oil, honey and egg in small bowl; stir until blended.

Make a well in center of flour mixture, add milk mixture and stir until just moist.

Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.  Spoon batter into muffin cups.

Combine 1/4 tsp of  cinnamon and 1 TBLS sugar, sprinkle on top of muffins.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.  
Remove from pan immediately,
cool on wire rack.

Yield: 12 muffins (serving size, 1 muffin)

Calories: 145

Visit Bradlee's website:


Quick Links...

 Do you know someone - a parent or teacher - who would like to receive the Oliver Kids TEAM Newsletter? 

Forward this newsletter to them and help them  Healthy Choices Nov2010  


September is known for many things, but Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Better Breakfast Month are the most important to the Oliver Foundation.  September is also back to school time so fueling your child's body before school is essential, children who eat a healthy breakfast are more apt to have better concentration, alertness, creativity, miss fewer days of school, and be more active.
 Remember it probably has been 10-12 hours since their last meal.
Why not make breakfast a family event so everyone gets their day started "fueled up"?  Many adults think that they are saving time or cutting calories by skipping breakfast, which is not true. Making a healthy breakfast a part of your morning can help get you on track to make healthier choices throughout the day, increase your physical activity, and help curb overindulging on convenience foods and overeating at lunch. A healthy breakfast replenishes your body and can have a positive impact on your general health. School nurses and teachers will tell you that many students appear in the nurses office with headaches and stomach problems in the morning, which is generally due because the child has not fueled their body since the day before. 
Healthy Breakfast Ideas:
  •  Small whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter, a banana, and a glass of  skim or low-fat milk.
  •  Oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk topped with dried or fresh fruit and  chopped nuts.
  •  Breakfast parfait made with low-fat yogurt, fruit, and low-fat granola.
  •  Sandwich made with a whole grain English muffin, low fat cheese  and/or meat.
If you have to eat on the run or in the car think about: items such as fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole grain breakfast or granola bars for when you are on the go.

The Health Benefits of Breakfast.
  • Research shows that those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to have a healthier overall diet. Plus skipping breakfast can negatively impact children's academic performance.
If you are one of the many people who skip breakfast, start eating breakfast this month and make it a routine. Plan ahead to eat breakfast, this means deciding the night before so you will save time in the morning. 

Healthy Choices Grant Recipients 
April 15 and July 15,2015

Congratulations to:

Fort Bend County Sheriff's                       Glover Elementary
Kids & Cops, Inc. Summer Camp              Fort Bend ISD

Turner Elementary                                  Martin Elementary
Pasadena ISD                                          Alief ISD

Heritage Rose Elementary                       Cummings Elementary                              Fort Bend ISD                                          Alief ISD

Boys & Girls Club of Denison,TX              YES Prep Brays Oaks 

Landrum Middle School                           Houston ISD Food Services
Spring Branch ISD                                   Culinary Club

Albright Middle School                            Mata Montessori School
Alief ISD                                                 Dallas ISD
 Spirit Day

FBCSO Kids & Cops, Inc.
Healthy Snacks

2015 Texas Health Champion Rising Star Joyce Chen
Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President, Joyce Chen has been selected to receive the 2015 Rising Star Award presented by the Michaeil & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus as part of the 8th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week
September 13-19, 2015.  
The Award Ceremony will take place September 15, 2015
from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at The University of Texas at Austin's Blanton Museum of Art.  Academic Poster Session and Networking Reception 5:00 - 6:00 PM.
Award Ceremony 6:00 - 7:30 PM

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.  

Lauren Lowe, Historian
St Agnes Academy - Houston, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2014-Present 

Lauren is currently a sophomore at St. Agnes Academy where she excels both academically and athletically. During her freshman year she earned the Highest Honors for her academic achievements and a letter jacket in Track and Field. As member of the St. Agnes Varsity Track team she contributed to their second place finish in the State Championships. Lauren also plays Field Hockey and is an active member of the Speech and Debate Team. She is the Sophomore Representative for Voices of Black Youth Club (VOBY) and a soloist on the Step Team. Lauren is a member of the Houston Chapter of Jack Jill of America, Inc. and St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church. 

Now that summer has ended and school is back in session, it is important to return to a more structured healthy lifestyle. How you treat your body has a huge effect on your ability to concentrate on your studies and perform at your best in sports.  

Eating breakfast is essential because the food you eat before school gives you the initial energy to help you make it through morning practices and classes. A meal that provides a mixture of protein, carbohydrates and fat will help you focus on your school work and not a growling stomach. A bagel spread with peanut butter, eggs and a turkey sausage, fruits, granola bars, and/or yogurt are great for helping your day get off to the right start.

During school day, you're bound to get hungry, so make sure you pack a couple of healthy snacks such as fruits or vegetables, along with that water bottle, so you keep hydrated throughout these hot September days. Lunch and dinner meals should not be skipped as those meals are important to help your body refuel. If you are playing a sport, make sure your diet contains lots of proteins and carbohydrates. Bring healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, and granola bars to school to munch on between and after classes in preparation for the upcoming practice or game. Dried jerky is also a quick way to sneak some extra protein in during the day. Also, make sure you are drinking a lot of water. The average person should be drinking up to their weight, divided in half, of water. So if you weigh 120 pounds you should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water/day. If you are active in a sport, you should be drinking more than that.

Minimizing stress. Although, the stress of trying to balance the demands of school work and extracurricular activities are inevitable for the American teenager, there are ways to minimize it as much as possible. Get at least 8 hours every night, and make sure to study in advance to avoid those late-night cram sessions. Also, take time just to relax, meditate or pray. Another great way is to volunteer, serving others is a great way to help get your mind off of your own stress and enjoy helping others.
For additional information about the Oliver Foundation Teen Board go to the Oliver Foundation website.

Healthy Choices Nov2010   
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.


Oliver Foundation