OF Color Nov2010

Oliver TEAM Talk(R)


December 2015                                                             Volume 11 Issue 9

Conferences & Events

TAHK Annual Summit
Austin, Texas
February 5, 2016

Oliver Foundation 
12th Annual 
 Rodeo Contest
Winners receive Four
Tickets with Parking Pass
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 
March 1 -20, 2016

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  and 
Teen Advisory Board Grants

Next Deadline
April 15, 2016

Landrum Middle School, Spring Branch ISD was recently awarded a Healthy Choices Teen Board Grant. Their Teen Board President Angelina Berek and Vice President Julius Alvarado attended the Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board Meeting on November 8, 2015. They are pictured with Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board President Joyce Chen and Vice President Myles Fucci.
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Bradlee Few
Teen Board 
Co-Events Coordinator

Spiced Shake

1 cup raw almonds + 4 cups water OR 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 pinch coarse sea salt
8 fresh dates or soaked dried dates, pitted
1 tsp ground cinnamon - more for serving.
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground clove
4-6 ice cubes
1. Soak the almonds overnight (8-12 hours), peel off the skin if you prefer. Place peeled almonds and water in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
2. Add sea salt, dates, spices and ice cubes and mix again. Pour immediately in glasses, dust with ground cinnamon and serve.
Tip: Skip the ice cubes and gently heat the blended mixture in a saucepan, and you have yourself a warming Christmas drink.

Makes 5 Cups

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The Oliver Foundation Staff 
The Teen Advisory Board

Teen Board Members Present at the
9th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
November 15 - 17, 2015 - Jackson, MS 

Joyce Chen
Teen Board President
"Peer Mentoring"
Bradlee Few
Teen Board Events Coordinator
"Teen Advocacy"
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is comprised of the 16 most Southern Sates and one of the largest obesity conferences in the country. Joyce and Bradlee were the only teens that presented at the conference.

Teen Board Members Sky Chen, Jahnvi Jain and Annika Gandhi participated 
in the Fort Bend ISD Health Awareness Day November 11, 2015 held at the Wheeler Fieldhouse in FBISD.  The teens display was "Think Your Drink" showing the amount of calories and sugar in sodas and sports drinks.  

Recent Healthy Choices Grant Recipients
Turner Elementary
Pasadena ISD
Martin Elementary
Alief ISD

Heritage Rose Elementary
Fort Bend ISD

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.  

Nikita Ghosh, Secretary
Clements High School - Sugar Land, TX
Teen Board Member 2012 - Present
Nikita is a senior at Clements High School in the Global Studies Academy and has studied Spanish along with all Honors and AP courses. She is one of
 eleven students selected district-wide to pursue an individualized research project in the Fort Bend ISD GT Mentorship Program, researching a repair technique for pediatric spinal cord injuries. Outside of school, Nikita has a lifelong passion for dance and has continuously done a variety of styles ranging from ballet to Indian dance forms. She has won various tap and ballet scholarships and dances for the Rhythm India Bollywood Core Senior Company. She is an active member of her school's various National Honor Societies and is the Competition Prep Leader of her school's DECA chapter, one of the largest chapters worldwide. Nikita's lifetime goal is to become a pediatric surgeon with a minor in business. She hopes to continue balancing all her outside activities along with her academics to reach that goal. 

Holiday Tips from Nikita:

Imagine being all bundled up in warm woolen blankets near the fireplace, or watching ABC Family's 25 Days 'Till Christmas special with the family, and smelling the pungent scent of pine and peppermint in the air. All these things just scream the holiday season, and now it's finally here! However, what comes with all the holiday cheer also brings more chances of not sticking to daily healthy routines.
Instead of following that path this month, let's try a different approach. Go back to the 25 Days 'Till Christmas Countdown, and make it a Health Edition. Try these tips each day leading up to Christmas, and you'll definitely feel the difference!
Day 1-7: Start off the season by making a list of outdoor activities to participate in daily. Write them down on Post It notes, stick them in a Christmas stocking, and pick one out each day to do!
Day 8-14: Do your daily workout to at least six holiday songs to get into the holiday spirit and still fulfill your exercise requirements for the day!
Day 15: Watch your portions during the holiday season by using a salad plate instead of a normal dinner sized one, so you're filling less space.
Day 16: Santa makes a list and even checks it twice. He finds kids who had at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily are very nice!
Day 17: When going to the grocery store, pick out a new red and green fruit/vegetable to try!
Day 18: Instead of traditional fattening eggnog, try the lite one with skim milk.
Day 19:  Skip the cookie as a snack! Make a reindeer out of unsalted pretzels and raisons instead.
Day 20: Cut back on the red holiday cups at Starbucks you drink. Remember, it's supposed to be a special treat!
Day 21: When doing last minute holiday shopping, take the stairs not the elevator.
Day 22: Like playing some hoops? Instead of playing the game HORSE play with SANTA instead.
Day 23: Avoid the flu and colds. Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds and sing jingle bells to remind yourself the length!
Day 24: It's Christmas Eve!  Leave baby carrots for Rudolf and all the reindeers. 


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.


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