OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(R)


October  2015                                                                Volume 11 Issue 7

Conferences & Events

National School Lunch Week
October 12-16, 2015

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

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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


Pita Pockets

1. Whole wheat pita 
2. Deli turkey or salami         slices
3. Baby spinach
4. Swiss cheese
5. Tomatoes

1. Slice pita in half to create two "pockets"
2. Fill pockets with ingredients and go!

Snack - Ants on a Log 

1. Celery stalks
2. Peanut butter
3. Raisins

1. Slice celery stalks into approximately 4 inch "logs"
2. Spread peanut butter on celery
3. Top with raisins

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The National School Lunch Week celebration will be held October 12-16. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) created this year's theme 'Discover the Great Plate of Texas with a Healthy Lunch' to support your local celebrations across the Lone Star State.

In addition, October 14, 2015 has been designated as National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.  This is an opportunity for parents to join their kids at school for lunch and to learn how school lunch has changed.  
If you plan to join your child for school lunch, please let the school know, in advance, that you too will be eating school lunch with your child.   The goal is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch, and for parents and school officials to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible

YES Prep Brays Oaks Receives Grant

Pictured  above l-r: Kyle Stallard, PE Teacher; Stephanie Gounder, Principal; Deborah L. Woehler, Executive Director, Oliver Foundation and students participating in the grant program
A3: Adolescents As Agents of Change

2015 Texas Health Champion Rising Star Joyce Chen
Joyce Chen

Deanna Hoelscher, Joyce Chen, Donna Nichols and Michelle Smith

Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President, Joyce Chen received the 2015 Rising Star Award presented by the Michael & 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 was held September 15, 2015 at The University of Texas, Blanton Museum of Art. The awarded was presented by Michelle Smith and Camille Miller, Texas Health Institute, Deanna Hoelscher and Donna Nichols from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, UT School of Public Health.

Joyce is a senior at Elkins High School, Fort Bend ISD. She serves as the President of Student Council, the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and the Vice President of Generation Youth Humanitarian Organization. Joyce is also a National Director at the Project for Better Journalism.  

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.  

Myles Fucci, Vice President
St Thomas High School, Houston, Texas 
Teen Board Member 2014-Present 

Eating Healthy Lunches for Busy, Hungry, Growing Teens
 High school is an endless juggling act of homework, test, quizzes, projects and other assorted deadlines that you must learn to balance to be a successful student. Let's not forget extracurricular activities, both in and out of school, as well as a smidgen of time for what used to be called a social life. So how can a teenager with a hectic schedule that keeps them running from 6am-11pm most days eat a well balance lunch ensure a nutritional meal is layered in between the day?   The answer is simple.  Plan your meals according to your day to ensure you have access to good food choices.

is essential to all aspects of our lives. Whether teenagers admit it or not, we know that. It's expected that I plan for the up and coming history test. It's expected that I plan accordingly for that chemistry project that is due in a week. It's expected that I have what I need for track practice every day. It is also expected that I make my lunch the night before.  All part of planning my day and week. 
My mom is a cook, and I love to eat, so bringing to school what she has cooked is always my first choice. Vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus, a complex carb, such as quinoa or brown rice, and a protein, such as chicken breast or buffalo meat are always on the menu.  I simply bring the leftovers in to go containers as well as bring a fruit, water bottle or Gatorade, cut cheese and wheat crackers as well as nuts or a protein bar.  Why so much you may ask?  Planning the food you need for the day must support the length of your day as well as what you are doing during the day. Not planning accordingly almost always results in making poor food choices. Teenagers will then go to what is convenient, which most of the time isn't the best for you nutritionally and typically something processed. We all have been in those situations.  Short term it satisfies your hunger, long term, processed foods don't give you the energy you need to keep going.

If your mom isn't a cook, you absolutely can choose some great food options from home that are good for you and easy to make. Here are a few that I resort to when the leftovers are gone:

1.  Bomb Burrito:
  • Cooked turkey or lean link sausage
  • Cheese
  • Wheat tortillas
  • Salsa
Wrap all ingredients separately and then put sausage, cheese in tortilla, and microwave for 30 seconds, then lay on the salsa.  I usually bring enough to make 3 burritos.
2.   Hold it down Hoagie:
  • Wheat hoagie roll
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Lean protein- Chicken or turkey
  •  Avocado
  •  Hummus
Wrap all ingredients separately. Build hoagie with spreading hummus on bread, put on spinach, protein, throw on avocado and there you go.
These are just a few ways to easily incorporate eating healthy into a teen's wildly hectic life.  Little changes that make a big impact.
Our parents were, well still are, right! It's important we eat right now more than ever just to keep up with our ever-busy lives.  Making good food choices will always pay off. 

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

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